MELBOURNE, Australia (VN) – Following her performance at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships, where she won gold and two silvers, it was always going to be a big ask for American Sarah Hammer to repeat the feat.
In part one of her interview with VeloNews from the 2012 track worlds in Melbourne, she explains why she chose not to defend her individual pursuit world title; remarks on the decision by the UCI and IOC to exclude the event (which she holds the current world record) from the upcoming Olympic Games; and provides a frank assessment of her team’s performance in the team pursuit last Thursday, where the U.S. team finished fifth.
Realizing life in advertising was nothing like Mad Men and buoyed by the Olympic Games in his Australian hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative copywriting career in 2000 in pursuit of something more cerebral. Combining wordsmithing with his experiences as an A-Grade club racer and an underwhelming season competing in Europe, a career as a cycling scribe beckoned… More than a dozen Grand Tours and countless Classics later, it’s where he still is today. He has been a contributor to VeloNews since 2006. In 2010, he won Cycling Australia’s media award for best story. Follow him on Twitter: @anthony_tan