Sarah Hammer To Lead U.S. Squad At Track World Championships

Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 5, 2011) — USA Cycling has named ten athletes to the U.S. roster for the upcoming UCI Track World Championships which are set for March 23-27 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Defending world champion in the individual pursuit, Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH) will lead the team over the five days of competition. Hammer’s status as reigning world champion earned her the automatic nomination to represent the U.S. in the individual pursuit. She also automatically qualified for the international omnium by virtue of her gold medal performance at the Manchester World Cup last month.

Joining Hammer as the only other automatic qualifier on the women’s team will be Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH). Reed earned a spot in the scratch race with her silver medal performance in Manchester last month.

In addition to their individual events, Hammer and Reed will team up with discretionary picks Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, NC/OUCH), Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH), and Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12) to train for the team pursuit. In Apeldoorn, three of these riders will be chosen to compete.

Rounding out the women’s side of competition, Cari Higgins earned a discretionary nomination to compete in the points race.

Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion) and Dean Tracy (Portland, Ore./Rubicon, Cycling) grabbed automatic nominations to represent the U.S. in the team sprint by meeting the time standard at the Manchester World Cup. The pair will be joined in training for the event by discretionary nominees Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif.) and Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Momentum Coaching Group). Three riders will be chosen from the four to compete for the world title. Massie will then go off on his own to compete in the men’s sprint.

Reigning national omnium champion, Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./The Sports TEAM) is a discretionary selection to represent the USA in both the international omnium and scratch race in Apeldoorn.

The women’s team leaves next week for a training camp in Buttegen, Germany, where it will stay until meeting up with the men’s squad in the Netherlands.