It’s no surprise that Rochester cycling phenom Danielle Mullis finished on the podium in the International Omnium at USA Cycling’s Elite National Track Championships Tuesday in Breingsville, Penn.
The 19-year-old from the Cadieux Bicycle Club had already won 6 Stars & Stripes jerseys on the track as a junior and has her sights set on a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Mullis has also notched wins on the road, on her mountain bike and in cyclo-cross races.
Mullis served notice she’s on track to reach her Olympian goal by finishing 3rd overall in the 6-event Omnium in races Monday and Tuesday at elite track nationals in Pennsylvania.
The Omnium determines the best all-around track cyclist by pitting riders against one another in different styles of track racing in sprint and endurance distance races.
Clarice Sayles, 28, of San Jose, Calif., edged Mullis out of second overall by a slim 3 points, 18 to 21.
Neither could come close to National Champion Tela Crane’s near-perfect 7 points. Crane won five of six events, finishing second in the 3K pursuit behind Catherine Moore, 46, of Denton, Tex., who finished 4th overall with 27 points.
Mullis finished 2nd to Crane in both the 10K scratch race and the elimination race. Mullis was 3rd behind Crane and Sayles in the 25K points race. She took 4th in both in the 3K pursuit and 500-meter time trial and finished 6th in the flying lap.
As if all that weren’t enough, Mullis finished 5th in the motor-paced Keirin finals.