Rachfal and Swanson dominate on final night of track cycling championships

By Katie Branham | Nov. 24, 2013, 6:46 p.m. (ET)

CARSON, CALIF. -  Clark Rachfal and David Swanson dominated the men’s tandem sprint on the final day at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships held in conjunction with the LA Grand Prix.

The team of Rachfal (Annapolis, Md.) and pilot Swanson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) made a decisive move in the tandem sprint with nearly two laps to go to claim the national title in dominant fashion. Kevin Meyers (Greenfield, Wisc.) and Robert Springer (Sturtevant, Wisc.) took second, while Davian Robinson (Raleigh, N.C.) and John Croom (Rock Hill, S.C.) claimed bronze. It was the first national podium for Robinson and Croom, who are also the two youngest competitors in the championships.

“I think in a race like that, it comes down to a lot of technique and experience, and we are the most senior tandem pairing here," Rachfal said. "The fact that we have ridden together so much, and we know how each other moves and operates gives us a strong advantage. I think this will go a long way to kick-starting our road season to Greenville 2014 for the championships.”

In the women’s tandem sprint, the team of Karissa Whitsell and Jennifer Triplett of Colorado Springs, Colo. pulled ahead to a clear victory. The duo made it a clean sweep this weekend as they won all three races in their class.

In the 10k scratch race, Jeffrey “Scott” Martin (Oceanside, Calif.) made his move with 2,000 meters remaining and never looked back as he won his second national title of the weekend. Martin extended his lead by more than half a lap to cross the line first in 13:14.777. Jonathan Copsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took second, and Chris Murphy rounded out the podium in third.

For more information, please contact Katie Branham, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-237-9407 or Katie.Branham@usoc.org.