This past weekend, NMSU rider Marcel Berger headed towards west to participate in the Javelina Chase Omnium that also included the collegiate southwest championships in road racing, time trialing, and criterium racing. The event was composed of a 75 mile road race and 13 miles time trial in the smallest town of Arizona, Duncan. Furthermore, the omnium concluded with a criterium on Sunday in Lordsburg, NM.
The Omnium uniquely combined the domestic (club teams) and collegiate fields in one race. That means that there is a collegiate subcategory within the omnium itself, for example, in other races there is an U-23 or best young rider competition. The new approach has several advantages in regard to race dynamics/tactics, collegiate racers can win the entire domestic omnium now, and the respective domestic club of a collegiate racer is simultaneously represented. The rider must only wear a bib-short from his/her collegiate and a jersey from the respective domestic team, or the other way around.
On Saturday, Marcel could win the road race and led the omnium in the final time trial. There, Marcel got 2nd and concluded the first race day with wins in both collegiate championships. On Sunday, Marcel got 4th in the criterium and could secure the overall win in the omnium for his domestic team Zia Velo and in the collegiate category for the NMSU cycling club.
Congratulations. Way to go Aggies!!!