Track worlds: U.S. women smash team pursuit qualifier

  • By Spencer Powlison
  • Published Mar. 3, 2016
  • Updated Mar. 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM EDT
USA women's team set an national record at UCI Track Worlds, finishing first in qualifying with a 4:16.180 time in the 4km event. Photo: Casey B. Gibson |

The Americans delivered a head-turning performance in women’s team pursuit qualifiers Thursday at UCI Track World Championships in London. The four-women squad of Sarah Hammer, Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert, and Kelly Catlin qualified first in the team event and also broke the event’s national record by more than five seconds.

Canada slotted into second place in qualifiers, 4.484 seconds distant of the U.S.’s 4:16.180 mark, while New Zealand was third, a fraction of a second slower in the four-kilometer test.

Hammer, a seven-time track world champion and Olympic medalist, is captain of the young team. Dygert, a two-time junior world champion on the road in Richmond, Virginia, is 19 years old, while Catlin and Valente are 20 and 21, respectively.

Australia’s four-women team of Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins, Amy Cure, and Ashlee Ankudinoff holds the world record in women’s team pursuit, having ridden 4:13.683 in last year’s track worlds in France.

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Spencer Powlison

Spencer Powlison

When it comes to bike racing, Spencer is a jack-of-all-trades. He loves pinning on a number, whether it’s in a local criterium, a mountain bike enduro, a cyclocross national championship, or a gran fondo. Name any cycling discipline, and more likely than not, Spencer has ridden or raced it. He has been lucky enough to work in the bike industry for the majority of his adult life, from his time turning wrenches in a Vermont bike shop to his five-year tenure at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

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