The 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships wrapped this past weekend with the five-day festival of bike racing at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark showcasing some of the sport’s top athletes. Felt supported a wide array of athletes at the event, with many of them nabbing World Championship titles, personal records and career highlights. Here are some of the top results.
When it came to the medal rounds, it was the U.S. Women’s Team Pursuit squad that made the biggest splash. The four Felt athletes made history by winning the gold medal in front of a capacity crowd at the Lee Valley Velodrome in London, England. The four-woman team of Sarah Hammer, Chloe Dygert, Jennifer Valente and Kelly Catlin defeated Canada in a blistering time of 4:19.525, just a few seconds off the world record. While en route to the gold medal round, the American women set two national records aboard their Felt TK1 track bikes.
Sarah Hammer also went on to secure a bronze medal in the highly competitive Women’s Omnium event, which qualified her for the U.S. Olympic Team for this summer’s games in Rio, Brazil. The Omnium is an event comprised of several track racing disciplines, and Hammer was able to take victories in the Individual Pursuit and Elimination Race portions of the Omnium.
Ignacio Prado of Mexico scored one of the biggest results of his career by taking the silver medal in the Men’s Scratch Race. Meanwhile, American Jacob Duehring rode to a 17th place finish in the Scratch Race. Other notable finishes include young American Ruth Winder’s fourth place in the Individual Pursuit, making her one of the stars to watch for future success. American Ian Holt, who is also an officer in the U.S. Air Force, fought hard for an 11th place finish in the hotly contested Men’s Points Race.
Rally UHC Cycling’s road captain, the venerable Svein Tuft, is calling it a career at the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec and Montréal on September 13th and 15th. The 11-time Canadian National Time Trial Champion and two-time road champion will lead a roster full of Canadians at North America’s premier WorldTour one-day races.
A cyclocross bike is ideally suited for going fast on a racecourse, while a gravel bike is best for all-day adventures over mixed terrain. But what separates these two types of bikes in terms of different riding experiences? And can’t you just have one of the two types of bikes to use for both gravel and cyclocross?
We're race fans through and through, and we'd love to watch our favorite racers roll up to the start line for one more season. But life is much, much more than bike racing, and we're always thrilled when our athletes can retire on their own terms. Thank you, Allie, for the memories—we salute you.
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