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US women's team pursuit record may not stand

The women's pursuit winners - Sarah Hammer, Kimberly Geist and Dotsie Bausch.

The women's pursuit winners - Sarah Hammer, Kimberly Geist and Dotsie Bausch. (Image credit: Mitch Clinton)

USA Cycling declared a new women's team pursuit record at the US National Track Championships in Los Angeles on Thursday, but the time may not stand for long. Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Kimberly Geist set a time of 3.34.114  for the 3km test.

However, the trio may not get to hold onto the claim to fame for long as a faster time was set in January, 2008 but never recorded in the history books.

Kristin Armstrong, Lauren Franges and Christen King set a time of 3:31.45 at the UCI Track World Cup in Los Angeles in January, 2008, but according to USA Cycling spokeswoman Andrea Smith, the time was never officially entered into the history books.

"Technically, they recorded a faster time, but it was never submitted as a record," said Smith. "In an international race like a World Cup, it is the rider or coach's responsibility to notify USA Cycling of a record time."

Armstrong, Franges and King may still be able to have their time in the history books as the US record, according to Smith.

"There is not a statute of limitations on when a time is submitted, so if it is submitted and verified, it will be entered as the current national record."

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura's beat is anti-doping, UCI governance and data analysis.