Colorado Springs, Colorado - Felt-sponsored track racers Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed and Lauren Tamayo have been chosen as USA Cycling’s 2011 Athletes of the Year. The four riders have led the U.S. women to unprecedented success at the international level, including setting a new world record in May 2010.
Hammer, Bausch and Tamayo became the first women’s pursuit team to break the 3:20 barrier when they posted a time of 3:19.569 in 2010. At the 2011 World Championships in The Netherlands, Hammer, Bausch and Reed made it to the gold medal round and eventually earned the silver medal—a first for American women at World Championhips.
“Being recognized as Athletes of the Year for the Women’s Team Pursuit is such an honor,” said Reed. “We’ve all been working hard and continuing to get faster and faster, so it’s always nice to be recognized for our hard work and achievements. These women motivate and push me every day to reach a higher level.”
The four Felt riders will be presented their award at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame induction Ceremony, November 5 in Davis, California.