Cycling teams from the United States and the Soviet Union will meet for the first time in dual-meet competition today and Sunday in the Michelob Challenge at the Olympic Velodrome at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.
Among those on the U.S. team are 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Gorski, silver medalist Nelson Vails and current national sprint champion Scott Berryman. Among the women are three-time world champion Connie Paraskevin-Young and Olympic silver medalist Rebecca Twigg-Whitehead.
The Soviet team is led by world champion Viatcheslav Ekimov and former world champion Nicolais Kovche.
The two-day program will have match sprint, individual pursuit, team pursuit, keirin--a motorcycle-paced race--and tandem racing.
Competition begins at 11 a.m. today with preliminaries. Finals are set for 7 tonight and 1 p.m. Sunday.