Sarah Hammer provides incentive to juniors track participants

  
  


Sarah Hammer races around the track in the omnium's flying lap at the 2014 UCI Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia
Sarah Hammer races around the track in the omnium's flying lap at the 2014 UCI Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)
Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 5, 2014) - Seven-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Sarah Hammer is providing a unique opportunity for female juniors riders at the upcoming USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships in Carson, Calif., June 25-29.
 
Hammer is offering an $800 grant to any female in the 15-16 age group who can beat her 2-kilometer time trial national record time of 2:40.40, set in 1999. If more than one rider bests Hammer's record, the winner will be the one with the fastest time.
 
"I would like to give out this incentive for the junior women because I believe that the 15-16 age group is the important first stepping stone towards being competitive at the junior world championships as a 17-18 year old," said Hammer. "I think it is important for 15-16 year olds to ride this event and learn how to ride it. Other countries, like Australia, Great Britain etc., have this at this age and it translates to when they get to the 17-18 group and then transitioning into a strong senior rider. Women's team pursuit is a new and exciting event for us at the Olympics and we need to start grooming the young riders who might compete in 2020 or 2024. I hope that this might give the young girls a bit of a nudge. Plus, my record has stood for way too long. It was set at the old L.A. 84' Olympic track! I want to see a new fresh name in the record books."

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