The 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships kick off in one week on Wednesday, March 2nd at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London, England. Nearly 400 athletes from 45 nations will converge for the international competition that sees World Championship titles and accompanying rainbow stripe jerseys up for grabs in ten events for the men and nine events for the women. Felt Bicycles is poised for another prolific Track World Championship campaign in 2016 with eight U.S. racers competing aboard the cutting-edge Felt TK track bike. Let’s meet the Felt Bicycles team of athletes.
Sarah Hammer is one of the most accomplished track athletes in recent history. In addition to being a two-time Olympic silver medalist, Hammer is a five-time World Champion in the Individual Pursuit, as well as a two-time World Champion in the Omnium. Hammer also currently holds the world record in the 3000m Individual Pursuit. At the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships, Hammer will be focusing on the Omnium, and will also be leading the U.S. women’s squad in the Team Pursuit.
Chloe Dygert catapulted into the global cycling spotlight after her dominant performance at the 2015 UCI Road Race World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, where she won rainbow jerseys in both the Junior Time Trial and Junior Road Race. The 19-year-old’s incredible 2015 season also included U.S. National Championships in both the Junior Road Race and the Junior Time Trial. Also an accomplished track racer, Dygert will be part of the U.S. women’s squad in the Team Pursuit event.
Matt Baranoski will be the United States’ lone competitor in the Keirin event at the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships. But after a successful 2015 campaign that saw Baranoski win four U.S. National Championships in several events (including the Keirin), all eyes will be on the 22-year-old Pennsylvania native when the Keirin event kicks off in London on Sunday, March 6th.
Although Jake Duehring didn’t start racing track bikes until 2009, the Californian immediately took to the sport and rose rapidly through the ranks. Duehring will kick off the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships first day of racing by competing in the Scratch Race before focusing on multiple events as he goes after a world title in the Omnium.
Kelly Catlin will be part of the U.S. women’s squad as they tackle the team pursuit at the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships. The Minnesota native will also be competing in the individual pursuit, as well.
Ruth Winder is a pro road cyclist who also happens to have an impressive track racing background. Winder’s accomplishments at the velodrome include three U.S. National Championships, two of which were from the team pursuit. She’ll be part of the U.S. women’s squad in the team pursuit event at the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships.
Multi-time U.S. National Champion Jennifer Valente scored the biggest result of her career at last year’s Track Cycling World Championships when she earned the silver medal in the Individual Pursuit. She’s back this year for the 2016 World Championships, where she’ll be aiming to go one better and grab the gold. Valente will also be competing in the Scratch Race and the Team Pursuit.
An officer in the United States Air Force, Ian Holt will be competing in the Points Race at the 2016 Track Cycling World Championship.
Be sure to check out the official Track Cycling World Championships website for information on how to watch all of the action from the five days of racing. And follow U.S. Track Cycling on Twitter for the latest information on the team. And don’t forget to follow FELT BICYCLES on all of our social media channels for more great content: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We’ll be sharing plenty of exciting content starting next week when the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships kick off from London!