Belarus — American Sarah Hammer led the way for Felt athletes at the 2013 UCI Elite Track World Championships last week, collecting two rainbow jerseys in Minsk, Belarus. Hammer was among four Felt riders who won medals at the five-day event.
Hammer started the competition by winning her fifth world title in the individual pursuit. On the opening day of racing, she rode her Felt TK1 to a dominating victory over Australian Amy Cure, moving closer to the record of six pursuit titles held by fellow American Rebecca Twigg (between 1992 and 1997) and Russian Tamara Garkuchina (between 1967 and 1974).
Next up for Hammer was the omnium, which combines the flying lap, the elimination race, the points race, the pursuit, the scratch race and the 500-meter time trial. Hammer rode consistently over the two days of competition and earned her first omnium world title.
In addition to Hammer’s two wins, Irishman Martyn Irvine finished second in the men’s individual pursuit on his Felt TK1. The 27-year-old, who grew up near Belfast, gave Ireland its best-ever result in the pursuit when he scored the silver medal in Minsk.
Mexican national Sofia Arreola Navarro also scored a silver medal riding Felt, finishing second in the women’s scratch race. She made it into a breakaway group 12 laps into the 40-lap (10km) event and finished just behind Katarzyna Pawlowska of Poland.
And in the men’s Madison event, Spaniard David Muntaner, also riding Felt, teamed up with countryman Albert Torres Barcelo to score another silver medal. The Spanish duo finished second behind Frenchmen Vivien Brisse and Morgan Kneisky.