USA Cycling Announces Final Team for the 2019 Pan-American Elite Track Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Cycling today unveiled the final team to race at the 2019 Pan-American Elite Track Championships. The lineup of seven men and seven women will represent Team USA over the five-day event, running Sept. 4 – Sept 8, 2019 in Cochabomba, Bolivia.
“We know this track is capable of some very fast times and we expect to see some exciting performances from our team,” said Scott Schnitzspahn, USA Cycling Vice President of Elite Athletics. The objective at the Pan American Championships though is to win as many UCI and Olympic qualification points as possible to make sure we are set up well for entries to the World Cups and World Championships. Our team has prepared well and we are excited to get started with the competition.”
Riders on the final team were selected based on results at World Championships, the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, World Cup performances this season, and finishes at other UCI races. Among them are members of the 2019 Pan American Games Champions Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif.), Christina Birch (Los Angeles) and Lily Williams (Asheville, N.C.) for the women’s squad as well Individual Pursuit World Record Holder Ashton Lambie (Lincoln, Neb.) and Pan American Games Champions John Croom (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Adrian Hegevary (Ashville, N.C.), Daniel Holloway (Boulder, Colo.) and Gavin Hoover (Manhattan Beach, Calif.).
USA Cycling Final Team for the 2019 Pan-American Elite Track Championships:
John Croom (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Team Pursuit
Adrian Hegevary (Ashville, N.C.), Scratch, Team Pursuit
Dan Holloway (Boulder, Colo.), Points Race, Team Pursuit
Gavin Hoover (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Omnium
Ashton Lambie (Lincoln, Neb.), Individual Pursuit, Team Pursuit
James Mellen (Schnecksville, Penn.) Sprints, Keirin
Eric Young (Geneva, Ill.), Team Pursuit
Christina Birch (Los Angeles), Individual Pursuit, Madison, Team Pursuit
Madalyn Godby (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Keirin, Sprints
Mandy Marquardt (Allentown, Pa.), Keirin, Sprints
Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif.), Madison, Team Pursuit
Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif.), Madison, Omnium, Scratch, Team Pursuit
Emma White (Delanson, N.Y.) Individual Pursuit, Team Pursuit
Lily Williams (Asheville, N.C.), Team Pursuit
*Note: Kimberly Geist (Allentown, Penn.) was also named to the team but declined her position
The USA Cycling selection criteria for the 2019 Pan-American Elite Track Championships is available here
The Pan American Championships are held annually for member nations of the Pan American Cycling Confederation. Riders competing in the Pan American Cycling Championships are selected by their respective national governing bodies and provide another avenue for athletes to qualify for World Championships.
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