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Women's track fund donates bikes

Hammer's TK1 is similar to the TK2's her fund has donated.

Hammer's TK1 is similar to the TK2's her fund has donated. (Image credit: Mitch Clinton)

World Champions Sarah Hammer and Jennie Reed, through the American Women's Track Cycling Fund (AWTCF), have awarded Felt TK2 track bicycles to Tara Both, an outstanding up and coming California junior cyclist, and to the DePauw University women's cycling team based in Greencastle, Indiana.

Recently crowned World Champion Jennie Reed was on hand with two-time World Champion Sarah Hammer to present the Felt bike to Both, who set a US National record for the 500 meter time trial. "When we saw her record ride, we just knew that her talent deserved and could be enhanced with better equipment," said Hammer. "Her new TK2 should be able to help Tara confidently set and pursue new and higher goals."

Both Hammer and Reed train twice a week with Tara at the ADT Event Center Velodrome in Carson , California . "We were really happy to be able to present Tara with a Felt bike, especially as she was out-growing her old one,"" said Reed. "After the Olympic games we will be sitting down and revisiting the mission of the AWTCF to see how we can best help other riders like Tara."

The American Women's Track Cycling Fund also donated three Felt TK2 track bikes to the DePauw University women's cycling team. DePauw, known mostly for academic excellence, has shown a long history of developing cycling talent for young women, placing more women on the start line per capita than any other university in the Midwest. Under the leadership of Coach Kent Menzel, DePauw hit the track for the first time last fall. Said Coach Menzel, "The Felt track bikes are the shot in the arm we need to raise our women's performance to an even higher level on the track. Because collegiate track competition covers multiple events, the Felt TK2 is particularly good for us as it races well in both mass start and timed events."

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