Adam Farabaugh, 23, from Owego, New York and the Tioga Velo Club, celebrated victory in the U23 Elite Men’s Criterium at the USA Cycling National Championships after a gutsy last lap attack. The criterium covered 50 laps on the six-turn, one-mile course through downtown Augusta, Georgia. Farabaugh surprised the field when he jumped to an eight second lead to enter the final lap, winning by less than a second over sprint specialist Justin Williams. Summing up his final strategy of the race, Farabaugh said, “I put it in a big gear, put my head down and didn’t really look back because I didn’t think I was gonna have it. Kind of looked back once at the start/finish and could see them coming. So it was just everything I had to the line.”
Farabaugh, who is racing with the XO Communications team and is competing in only his second nationals, said that the victory means a lot after so much training and racing since February and March. This enhanced schedule is obviously paying off for the young racer, who graduated from Pennsylvania State University in December of 2011.
Congratulations to Adam and best wishes for future success!