Athlete Spotlight


Sarah Hammer

Track Cycling

Sarah began her cycling career at age eight when introduced to the sport by her father, Cliff. Sarah was a quick study with her first junior national title coming in 1995; the same year that Rebecca Twigg won the last women’s World Championship Track gold medal for the United States. Eleven years later, and twenty national titles later, Sarah put an end to American gold medal drought by taking the win and rainbow World Championship jersey in Bordeaux, France. Sarah has now squarely set her sights on another goal – a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics. Burned out from the rigors of competitive cycling, Sarah gave up the sport after just two years as an elite rider. N...

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Recent Track Cycling News

  • American Allison Jones Earns Country’s First Podium Spot In 3000m C1-C3 Pursuit


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    American Allison Jones is no stranger to the pressure of competition at he Games. In her sixth career appearance on the grandest scale in sports, Jones secured the first podium position for the United States in London with her third place finish in the women’s 3000m C1-C3 Pursuit event in the London Velodrome. She defeated German’s Denise Schindler with a time of 4:27.793 in the third place race. This was the sixth podium finish of her career with two first place finishes, three second place finishes and her most recent third place achievement.

  • Men’s Sprint Cycling: Shane Perkins Brings A Third Place Prize From London Down Under


    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Australian Sprint Cyclist Shane Perkins added another trophy to his illustrious collection on Monday. Not only is he the world champion in the kerin and team sprint cycling, he now claims a third place victory in London in the Men’s Sprint Cycling competition. The Aussie beat Trinidad’s Nijsane Phillip 2-0 in the third place race. England’s Jason Kenny took top billing as he downed Frenchman Gregory Bauge 2-0. Bauge has previously beaten Perkins in the semi-final round, sending the Aussie into the third place competition against Phillip.

  • Women’s Omnium Decided by Fractions of a Second: Sarah Hammer Takes Second


    Posted about 2 years ago by Elishia Matta

    The newest event to the track cycling program, the omnium could be compared to the heptathlon in that it is comprised of six individual events over the course of two days. Riders accumulate points based on their finishing position in each event – the rider with the fewest points overall is crowned the champion.