The Felt-powered USA Cycling Women’s Team Pursuit squad stormed to victory at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships held in Hong Kong, beating Australia in the gold medal round. This was the squad’s second consecutive gold medal in the event, having made history in 2016 by becoming the first American outfit to do so.
This year, Felt athletes Chloe Dygert, Kelly Catlin and Jennifer Valente brought their revolutionary TA FRD track bikes to the World Championships. Together with teammate Kim Geist, the quartet qualified in first place during preliminary competition. The U.S. squad went on to post a time of 4:18.716 to defeat Italy in order to solidify their place in the gold medal round.
There, the American women charged to an early lead of more than one full second in the first kilometer. But Australia battled back to take the lead at the 2500-meter mark. From there, the lead changed hands three more times. Heading into the bell lap, Australia led by 0.412 seconds, but former Junior World Road race and Time Trial World Champion Chloe Dygert moved to the front to drive the U.S. squad towards a monumental effort and turn the deficit into 0.417-second victory. The Americans’ winning time was 4:19.413, with Australia clocking in at 4:19.830.
“That was a fantastic battle with a very good Australian team,” said Jim Miller, USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics. “We had a fight to the very end. Hats off to the Aussies, they rode a great race.”
To learn more about the revolutionary TA FRD and the U.S. Women’s Team Pursuit squad, visit www.FeltBicycles.com/pursuitforgold.