We'd like to extend our thanks to everyone that came out to Marcus Garvey Park on Sunday, June 19th to experience the 2011 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic and wish congratulations to all the day's winners, including the victor of the overall Omnium, Leif Lampater - who last year finished second finished second in this event behind his teammate Christian Grasmann.
The day began with the kids races where the young'ns got busy on the track competing in a series of educational races and got a chance to score some free bike gear. Throughout the day, BMX pro crew members Jay Rodriquez, Danny Parks and others on hand entertained kids of all ages putting on an aerial show that was worth the trip to the event in itself.
The day of high speed competition started with John Blake and Godfrey Pollydore winning the Cat 4 Men's Points race, and Cat 2/3 Men's Points race respectively. Kristin Lotito of West Hempstead New York held off a talented group of Pros to win the Women's Pro 1/2/3 Points race, and set the stage for the main event of the day, the David Walker Memorial Elite Men's Professional race. Reformatted to showcase the speed and skill of some of the world's best track racers, this two round Omnium consisted of both a points race, and an elimination race that kept the crowd riveted. Leif Lampater placed first overall and first in the Pro Men's Points race while Douglas Repacholi won the Pro Men's Elimination race by pulling away from the pack early and crossing the finish line well ahead of the field.
The final event of the day was the three lap Keirin Exhibition finale. Riders for this race were placed behind a motorcycle that accelerated from about 15 mph to 30 mph before pulling off and launching the riders into a lap long sprint for the finish. Godfrey Pollydore - also the winner of the Cat 2/3 Men's Points race - shocked the field and made an excellent sprint to win in a very close and exciting heat.
Check out a few photos from the event below, and for anybody that didn't have a chance to watch our live race day webcast stream, you can see the archived video featuring the entirety of the Men's Omnium and Keirin Exhibition at the top of this page.