An eight-member United States squad including a pair of current and former world champions will compete in 14 events at the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 24-28. U.S. residents can watch the entire competition via on-demand webcast on www.universalsports.com beginning this Wednesday at 1:30 ET.
The action will kick-off on Wednesday, March 24 with Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./American Track Foundation) the only American in action. Coming off a strong victory in the second World Cup round in Cali, Columbia and staunch preparation at the World Cycling Center, in Agile, Switzerland; Hammer will be focused on re-gaining the world title she collected in 2007 in the women’s individual pursuit.
On Thursday the spotlight will turn to 19-year old phenom Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong) as he focuses on defending his men’s pursuit world title after giving the U.S. its first elite men’s track cycling world championship since 1986 last season. The stage is set for a showdown however as Australia’s own phenom Jack Bobridge will also have his sights set on the pursuit title after a narrow defeat at the hands of Phinney last season. The trio of Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./ATF-Empower Coaching Systems), Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) and Hammer will also join forces on Thursday with the goal of bringing home America’s first women’s team pursuit medal. Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./BISSELL) will also contest the first of his two events in the men’s scratch race.
Competition will continue on Friday as Olympian Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion) rekindles his quest for a world championship medal in the men’s kilometer time trial while recent Tour of New Zealand winner Shelley Evans (Scotts Valley, Calif./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) turns her focus to the women’s scratch race.
Returning to the track for her third event of the week, Hammer will shoot for the unofficial title of world’s best all-around track rider in the women’s omnium competition. Holloway will also team up with Colby Pearce (Boulder, Colo./Big Shark Bicycle Company) on Saturday to compete in the men’s Madison event.
Evans will help complete the competition on Sunday in the women’s points race as Massie contests the men’s sprint. Phinney will round out the competition for the Americans as he competes in the latest event added to the Olympic slate, the men’s omnium, a five-race event meant to award the world’s most well-rounded track cyclist.
For more info:
- usacycling.org for race re-caps and photos
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