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Track Cycling News, Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Date published:
July 14, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • London 2012 Velodrome takes shape

    Omnium world champion Ed Clancy visits the London 2012 Velodrome.
    Article published:
    April 06, 2010, 8:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Roof in place on venue for Olympic track cycling events

    A visit by newly-crowned Omnium world champion Ed Clancy has helped showcase the progress made on the London 2012 Velodrome, with the roof put into place over the venue recently.

    The Olympic Delivery Authority released photos of the velodrome and announced that it's on track to meet the target for completion of the venue for track cycling at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    And judging by comments from Clancy, Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee and London Mayor Boris Johnson, there are high expectations that the British team will deliver plenty of success in the new velodrome.

    "Becoming world champion was an amazing experience and a reminder of the excitement of racing at a major championship so it was great to see the Olympic Park Velodrome where I hope to compete on home soil in 2012," said Clancy. "The Velodrome is already shaping up to be a fantastic venue and I can't wait to come back here to help Team GB continue our gold rush in 2012."

    The Olympic Delivery Authority is pleased with the progress of the velodrome construction.

    Construction on the velodrome (pictured above) began in March 2009 and the the cable-net roof, which features some 16km of cabling and covers an area of 5,000m2, took eight weeks to lift into place.

    Work will begin shortly to cover the roof and install the outer timber cladding of the venue. The velodrome structure is due to be watertight by the summer, allowing work to install the timber cycling track to begin in the Autumn, with all work due for completion in early 2011.

  • Pollack must forfeit two German track titles

    Olaf Pollack (Team Volksbank)
    Article published:
    April 21, 2010, 11:23 BST
    Cycling News

    German federation removes two 2009 titles due to positive test

    Olaf Pollack must forfeit the two German track championship titles he won in 2009. The German cycling federation announced the decision on Wednesday. Pollack has been suspended for two years on doping charges.

    In an out-of-competition control in July 2009, Pollack tested positive for Epoetin-Delta, the active ingredient of Dynepo, a form of EPO. He has denied taking the drug or any other doping product.

    The positive control was not announced until September 2009. In the meantime, Pollack had won the points and Madison titles at the German track championships, before announcing his retirement due to a detached retina.

  • Hammer smashes individual pursuit world record

    Sarah Hammer (USA) heads toward a new record in the women's individual pursuit.
    Article published:
    May 11, 2010, 19:36 BST
    Laura Weislo

    US rider breaks Ulmer's 2004 mark by 2 seconds

    American Sarah Hammer set a new world record in the individual pursuit during the qualifying round of the women's event at the Panamerican Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico today.

    The mark, set in the city's new indoor velodrome, was a blazing 3:22.269, more than two seconds faster than that set by New Zealand's Sarah Ulmer at sea level during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The city of Aguascalientes is situated at an altitude of 1,870 meters.

    The previous record, 3:24.537, has held since August 22, 2004. The new record will be official once it is confirmed by the International Cycling Union.

    "This day checks a huge box in Sarah's cycling goals," said Hammer's coach Andy Sparks. "She came out of retirement when Sarah Ulmer broke the world record in Athens. That has been her inspiration since 2004.

    "Sarah has already heard from Ulmer with a big congrats. Ulmer was a complete class act and Sarah is happy to be in similiar company."

    Hammer, 26, retired for several years after a successful time in the junior ranks, but came back to the sport in 2005. She won her first world title in the pursuit the following year in Bordeaux, and followed it with a second title in Mallorca in 2007. While her preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was hampered by a back injury, Hammer recovered in time to net her third rainbow jersey earlier this year in Copenhagen.

    Sparks said the world record means even more after her journey back to health. He and Hammer have been spending time at the UCI's training center in Switzerland, where she trained specifically at a similar altitude in preparation for a record attempt in Mexico.

    "Sarah continued her training after worlds once we found out that the track [in Mexico] was homologated under UCI standards and that a world record would be recorded if achieved."

    The reigning world champion in the discipline, Hammer has a second chance to go even...

  • US women set new team pursuit record

    The US team of Lauren Tamayo, Dotsie Bausch and Sarah Hammer were all smiles after breaking the world record.
    Article published:
    May 13, 2010, 10:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Hammer helps Tamayo and Bausch better world mark

    Just one day after setting a new world record in the women's 3000m individual pursuit, American rider Sarah Hammer teamed up with Lauren Tamayo and Dotsie Bausch to break the team pursuit world record during the second day of competition at the Panamerican Track Championships.

    At the Bicentennial Velodrome in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the trio rode its three kilometres in 3:19.569, lowering the record of 3:21.552 set by the New Zealand team of Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis and Alison Shanks at the UCI Track World Championships in Copenhagen in March.

    Since the advent of the women's team pursuit - which will make its Olympic debut at the London Games - the three dominant forces within the discipline have been traditional powerhouses Great Britain and Australia, plus the aforementioned New Zealanders.

    This performance from the US outfit raises the bar as the world mark continues to drop in what can only be healthy competition ahead of the Olympics in just over two years' time. And whilst the depth of American track cycling has been questioned in recent years, the prospects look good for success in London if this feat can be used to aid development.

  • Tauler positive

    Toni Tauler (Spain) was in attendance at the track event on the Olympic velodrome in Barcelona
    Article published:
    May 25, 2010, 10:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Former road cyclist tested at World Track Championships

    Former road cyclist Toni Tauler, who has now switched to track racing, returned a positive doping test result prior to the World Track Championships in March, in which he participated.

    According to AS, the Spaniard was tested just before the event in a surprise doping control by his national federation, and returned a positive result for a yet unspecified performance-enhancing substance. Tauler competed together with Unai Elorriaga in the Madison at the Worlds, a specialty in which he took the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, together with Joan Llaneras.

    The counter-analysis of the positive A sample is scheduled to take place next week. According to El País, the doping positive was for blood booster EPO.

    Tauler, who rode for road cycling teams Kelme and Illes Balears during his career, denied having taken anything prohibited, let alone EPO. "I have no idea, but I can assure you that it's not EPO as I don't take this substance," he told another newspaper, Periódico de Catalunya.

    Tauler did not achieve any result at the World Track Championships.

  • Former track champion Sella dies at 47

    Article published:
    June 03, 2010, 21:24 BST
    Cycling News

    Italian killed in motorcycle accident

    Six-time Italian track champion Gabriele Sella was killed yesterday in a motorcycle accident near Adri in northeastern Italy.

    Sella, 47, reportedly lost control of his Kawasaki Ninja on a curve and crashed into a wall surrounding a house. Police blamed the accident on excessive speed.

    In addition to its six national titles, Sella won the sprint in the 1983 Mediterranean Games and was a member of Italy's team for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He also won the bronze medal at the 1985 World Championships in the tandem sprint alongside Luca Ceci.

    According to a letter published on, Sella was remembered at the post-Giro criterium 'Campioni Sotto Le Stelle' last night.

  • Top US track racers head to Minnesota

    The Fixed Gear Classic returns as part of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival after a one-year hiatus.
    Article published:
    June 10, 2010, 19:18 BST
    Cycling News

    Fixed Gear Classic starts Friday

    Americans Colby Pearce and Kacey Manderfield and Pan American Games silver medalist Emile Abraham of Trinidad and Tobago are set to headline this weekend's Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic.

    The three-day event begins Friday at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, Minnesota, and leads off the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival.

    Pearce is a 14-time national track champion, a bronze medalist in the Pan-American Games and was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in Athens, Greece. Abraham has won 24 national titles on the road and track, while Manderfield is a Michigan native, but will be racing at The National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine for the first time.

    "It seems odd that I have raced everywhere else, but a track such as the NSC, relatively close to where I grew up, has escaped me. So I'm really excited," Manderfield said.

    Other prominent athletes registered include Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter & Company TWENTY12), Liz Carlson (Classic Cycling Essentials/Bicycling Magazine) and Austin Carroll (Adageo Energy Pro Cycling).

    The MN Fixed Gear Classic provides a unique dual omnium program that showcases separate competitions for sprinters and endurance specialists. Competition begins Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon. Events will include both men's and women's Madison races, along with cross-over events like the Miss-n-Out that offer points for both omniums.

    The MN Fixed Gear Classic is run in conjunction with the Nature Valley Grand Prix. This year's race includes stops in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie, and Stillwater. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is a part of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, a volunteer-run event, with all proceeds donated to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the festival's benefiting charity.

  • Godfrey withdraws from Commonwealth Games contention

    Hayden Godfrey won a scratch gold at the 2009 World Cup in Beijing.
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 1:58 BST
    Cycling News

    New Zealander not satisfied with post-accident from

    Hayden Godfrey has withdrawn his candidacy for BikeNZ’s Commonwealth Games squad, as he’s not satisfied he’ll be a medal contender. Godfrey said he’d rather a younger rider gain the experience in Delhi, India, if he’s unable to perform at his best level.

    Godfrey’s withdrawal caps a difficult year for the 32-year-old, who was forced to skip the UCI Track World Championships this year after being struck by a car while training. The former world omnium champion has struggled to with injuries ever since the training accident occurred after the Chinese Track World Cup round.

    “I have missed out on getting the consistent preparation required to be a medal contender for the Commonwealth Games,” Godfrey said. “I don’t need to go for the experience. I only want to go if I can win and I’ve just missed too much training and racing to be in medal winning form in October.”

    Godfrey had suspended his road racing with New Zealand outfit Subway Avanti in order to focus on his recovery and performance in Delhi. While the early season injury had forced Godfrey to miss the Commonwealth Games selection event, he was added to the wider squad sent to the United States of America to train based off his experience.

    “It’s been very frustrating. I would get some good training and racing in and then another minor injury would keep me from training at 100 percent for a few days,” Godfrey said. “Right now I need to take some time out and get my fitness and health back on track. Then I will sit down with my Subway Avanti team in New Zealand and evaluate things from there.”

    The Christchurch-based rider has been training with the wider Commonwealth Games squad based at Trexlertown in Pennsylvania. Godfrey, who claimed a bronze medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, believes it is better for a younger rider needing the experience to take his...