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Sarah Hammer from the a press conference held several days ago.
Sarah Hammer from the a press conference held several days ago.
The team pursuit squad includes Sarah Hammer, Jennie Reed and Dotsie Bausch. Sarah is leading the group in this photo. Taken 8-3-12 during their qualifying round.
The team pursuit squad includes Sarah Hammer, Jennie Reed and Dotsie Bausch. Sarah is leading the group in this photo. Taken 8-3-12 during their quali...

Temecula Woman Takes Lead in Olympic Cycling Event


Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Issue 31, Volume 16.
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TEMECULA - Temecula resident Sarah Hammer regained the lead today in the women's omnium cycling event at the London Olympics.

Hammer won the individual pursuit event today at the Velodrome at London's Olympic Park to give her 13 points in the two-day, six-event competition, one fewer than Laura Trott of Great Britain.

Hammer and Trott both had 12 points entering the individual pursuit, but Trott was the leader because she won two events.

In each event, the winner receives one point, the second-place rider two points and so on. The rider with the lowest total score is the winner.

Hammer was timed for the 3,000 meters in 3 minutes, 29.554 seconds, nearly 31 mph. Trott was second in 3:30.547.

In the individual pursuit, two riders start at opposite sides of the track and race against the clock. Individual pursuit is Hammer's best event in the omnium. She was fifth in the 2008 Olympics in the individual pursuit race, which was not included in the 2012 program.

The omnium will conclude with a 10-kilometer scratch race set to begin at 8:07 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time today and a 500-meter time trial at 8:53 a.m.

In the scratch race, the winner is the first to cross the finish line; and each rider will seek the fastest time in the time trial.

All portions of the omnium will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com.

"Anything can happen in the mass start events which is what makes it so exciting for the spectators and a little more nerve-wracking for the competitors," Hammer said.

Hammer was fifth in Monday's opening event, the flying lap 250-meter time trial in 14.369 seconds, while Trott won in 14.057.

Hammer was also fifth in the 20-kilometer points race with 25 points, while Trott was 10th with 14 points. Malgorzata Wojtyra of Poland won with 34 points. Riders score points for sprints that occur every 10 laps around the 250- meter track and for lapping the field.

The first day of the event ended with Trott overtaking Hammer on the back straightaway of the final lap to win an elimination race, a bunch race with an intermediate sprint every two laps with the last rider each time eliminated. Hammer held on to finish second.

"I'll take it one race at a time," the 29-year-old Hammer said Monday. "Today, everything worked out well. I'm very happy with the way I executed, being focused on each and every start."

Hammer, who graduated from Chaparral High School in 2000, won a silver medal in the omnium in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships and won the event at the 2012 London Olympic Test Event.

Hammer retired from cycling in 2003 but was inspired to return to the sport after watching the 2004 Olympics on television.

Hammer was part of the four-member U.S. team that won the silver medal in the team pursuit Saturday.


Temecula resident and cyclist Sarah Hammer shares lead after first day in Olympic cycling event

TEMECULA - Temecula resident Sarah Hammer was tied for the lead with Laura Trott of Great Britain at the completion of today's first day of the women's omnium cycling event at the London Olympics.

Hammer and Trott both have 12 points. In each event, the winner receives one point, the second-place rider two points and so on. The rider with the lowest total score is the winner.

Hammer was fifth in the flying lap 250-meter time trial at 14.369 seconds, while Trott won in 14.057.

Hammer was also fifth in the 20-kilometer points race with 25 points, while Trott was 10th with 14 points. Malgorzata Wojtyra of Poland won with 34 points. Riders score points for sprints that occur every 10 laps around the 250-meter track and for lapping the field.

The first day of the event at the Velodrome at London's Olympic Park ended with Trott winning an elimination race, a bunch race with an intermediate sprint every two laps with the last rider each time eliminated. Hammer finished second.

The omnium will conclude Tuesday with the 3,000-meter individual pursuit, which will begin at 2:19 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time; a 10-kilometer scratch race at 8:07 a.m.; and a 500-meter time trial at 8:53 a.m.

All portions of the omnium will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com.

In the individual pursuit, two riders start at opposite sides of the track and race against the clock; in the scratch race, the winner is the first to cross the finish line; and each rider will seek the fastest time in the time trial.

"Obviously the individual pursuit is one of my favorites as it was my bread and butter, but they are all unique," the 29-year-old Hammer said.

"Anything can happen in the mass start events which is what makes it so exciting for the spectators and a little more nerve-wracking for the competitors."

Hammer, who graduated from Chaparral High School in 2000, won a silver medal in the omnium in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships and won the event at the 2012 London Olympic Test Event.

Hammer retired from cycling in 2003, but was inspired to return to the sport after watching the 2004 Olympics on television.

Hammer was part of the four-member U.S. team that won the silver medal in the team pursuit Saturday. She was fifth in the 2008 Olympics in the individual pursuit race, which was not included in the 2012 program, and failed to finish the points race.


TEMECULA - Temecula resident Sarah Hammer was tied for the lead with Tara Whitten of Canada through two events today in the women's omnium cycling event at the London Olympics.

Hammer and Whitten both have 10 points. In each event, the winner receives one point, the second-place rider two points and so on. The rider with the lowest total score is the winner.

Hammer was fifth in the flying lap 250-meter time trial in 14.369 seconds, while Whitten was seventh in 14.516. Laura Trott of Great Britain won in 14.057.

Hammer was also fifth in the 20-kilometer points race with 25 points, while Whitten was third with 28 points. Malgorzata Wojtyra of Poland won with 34 points. Riders score points for sprints that occur every 10 laps around the

250-meter track and for lapping the field.

The first day of the event at the Velodrome at London's Olympic Park will end with an elimination race, a bunch race with an intermediate sprint every two laps with the last rider each time eliminated.

The omnium will conclude Tuesday with the 3,000-meter individual pursuit which will begin at 2:19 a.m.; a 10 kilometer scratch race at 8:07 a.m.; and a 500-meter time trial at 8:53 a.m.

All portions of the omnium will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com.

In the individual pursuit, two riders start at opposite sides of the track and race against the clock; in the scratch race, the winner is the first to cross the finish line; and each rider will seek the fastest time in the time

trial.

"Obviously the individual pursuit is one of my favorites as it was my bread and butter, but they are all unique," the 29-year-old Hammer said. "Anything can happen in the mass start events which is what makes it so exciting for the spectators and a little more nerve-wracking for the competitors."

Hammer, who graduated from Chaparral High School in 2000, won a silver medal in the omnium in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships and won the event at the 2012 London Olympic Test Event.

Hammer retired from cycling in 2003, but was inspired to return to the sport after watching the 2004 Olympics on television.

Hammer was part of the four-member U.S. team that won the silver medal in the team pursuit Saturday. She was fifth in the 2008 Olympics in the individual pursuit race, which was not included in the 2012 program, and failed to finish the points race.


TEMECULA - Temecula resident Sarah Hammer is scheduled to begin competing in the initial women's Olympics omnium cycling event today, two days after helping the U.S to a silver medal in the team pursuit.

"The best way to describe the omnium is six events over two days with everything from a 14-second effort to a 25-minute points race," the 29-year- old Hammer said. "It includes everything there is on the track from sprint to endurance to tactical handling skills, time trailing, everything."

The omnium competitors will take to the track at the Velodrome at London's Olympic Park today for a flying lap 250-meter time trial beginning at 8:08 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the 20-kilometer points race beginning at 9:06 a.m. and the elimination race beginning at 10:18 a.m.

The flying lap is a race against the clock; in the 20-kilometer points race, riders score points for sprints that occur every 10 laps around the 250- meter track and for lapping the field; and the elimination race is a bunch race with an intermediate sprint every two laps with the last rider each time eliminated.

On Tuesday, the 3,000-meter individual pursuit will begin at 2:19 a.m.; a 10-kilometer scratch race at 8:07 a.m.; and a 500-meter time trial at 8:53 a.m.

All portions of the omnium will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com. NBC will air coverage on delayed basis from 1:10-1:30 p.m. today and 12:35-1:35 a.m. Tuesday.

In the individual pursuit, two riders start at opposite sides of the track and race against the clock; in the scratch race, the winner is the first to cross the finish line; and each rider will seek the fastest time in the time trial.

In each event, the winner receives one point, the second-place rider two points and so on. The rider with the lowest total score is the winner. "Obviously the individual pursuit is one of my favorites as it was my bread and butter, but they are all unique," Hammer said. "Anything can happen in the mass start events which is what makes it so exciting for the spectators and a little more nerve-wracking for the competitors."

Hammer, who graduated from Chaparral High School in 2000, won a silver medal in the omnium in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships and won the event at the 2012 London Olympic Test Event.

Hammer retired from cycling in 2003 but was inspired to return to the sport after watching the 2004 Olympics on television.

Hammer was fifth in the 2008 Olympics in the individual pursuit race, which was not included in the 2012 program, and failed to finish the points race.


Temecula resident and cyclist Sarah Hammer wins U.S. Olympic silver medal

TEMECULA - Temecula resident and Chaparral High School graduate Sarah Hammer won an Olympic silver medal in women's team pursuit cycling today as she and her U.S. teammates fell to a world-record setting performance by Great Britain at the Velodrome at London's Olympic Park.

The British team of Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell was timed in three minutes, 14.051 seconds for the 3,000-meter race, breaking the previous record of 3:14.682 it set in its first-round victory over Canada earlier today. The British team has set world records in six consecutive races.

The U.S. team of Hammer, Dotsie Bausch of Irvine and Lauren Tamayo of Asheville, N.C., finished in 3:19.406.

The Americans earned their spot in the gold medal race by defeating Australia in the first round, overcoming a 1.7-second deficit.

Hammer, Bausch and Jennie Reed of Seattle trailed by 1.161 seconds after one kilometer and 1.128 after two kilometers, but with Hammer on the front, the team rode the final kilometer in 1:04.620, completing the race in 3:16.853, breaking the unofficial American record of 3:19.406 it set in qualifying on Friday.

The Australian team of Annette Edmonson, Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic was timed in 3:16.935.

"Our goal was to keep it within range and then launch it at the end and we did that," the 29-year-old Hammer said. "We knew it was going to be a race to the finish and it doesn't matter until crossing that finish line."

In team pursuit, which was held for women in the Olympics for the first time, the two opposing teams start on either side of the track. The winner is the team that catches the other team or records the fastest time. A team is caught when the opposing team comes within one meter of the other.

Hammer, who graduated from Chaparral High School in 2000, will race once more in the London Olympics, competing in the omnium, a two-day event beginning Monday, where riders compete against each other in six different elements on the track.

Hammer won a silver medal in the omnium in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships and won the event at the 2012 London Olympic Test Event. Hammer retired from cycling in 2003, but was inspired to return to the sport after watching the 2004 Olympics on television.

Hammer was fifth in the individual pursuit race in the 2008 Olympics and failed to finish the points race.


Temecula resident Sarah Hammer wins U.S. silver medal in women’s team pursuit

LONDON, U.K. (August 4, 2012) -- The American women earned the Olympic silver medal in the women’s team pursuit Saturday evening at the velodrome. The women defeated the Australian team in the first round before finishing off the pace of the British trio in the final ride.

Additionally on Saturday, Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012) advanced to the quarterfinals of the men’s sprint and Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) sits in 11th place with 30 points after contesting three events of the men’s omnium. WOMEN’S TEAM PURSUIT

After unofficially resetting the national record during qualifying on Friday night, the American trio of Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling), Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) and Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) unofficially lowered the national standard in their first round ride Saturday afternoon with a time of 3:16.853 against the Australians.

The Australian women started fast and opened a lead of just over 1.7 seconds. With Hammer on the front of the Americans, the gap gradually dwindled throughout three-kilometer race. In the end, the Americans edged the Australians by only .082 seconds.

"Our goal was to keep it within range and then launch it at the end and we did that," Hammer said of their first-round contest. "We knew it was going to be a race to the finish and it doesn’t matter until crossing that finish line." In the gold medal final, the Americans faced a British squad that established the world record multiple times in the last two years. The U.S., seeking a fresh pair of legs, swapped Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Exergy TWENTY12) for Reed. The Americans finished in 3:19.406, nearly five seconds off the pace of the British who again re-set their own world record with a time of 3:14.682. "The four of us think of ourselves as the gladiators of women’s team pursuit" Bausch said. "We’re just such a mismash. We have Sarah who is a four-time world champion of the pursuit, Jennie, who is a sprinter and Keirin champion, and Lauren and I, two roadies. We just wanted it more these last two days. We fought every pedal stroke, every lap, every second."

MEN'S SPRINT

Watkins defeated Seiichiro Nakagawa (JPN) in the morning’s 1/16 round, before moving to the 1/8th round where he defeated Pavel Kelemen (CZE). The lone American sprinter, Watkins is slated to face Shane Perkins (AUS) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals. After qualifying in 12th with a time of 10.247, Watkins advanced to the 1/16 final where he faced Nakagawa. Watkins, a full-time firefighter in Kern County, California, came from behind, opened a slight lead and held off Nakagawa’s late surge to move into the quarterfinals.

"My qualifying didn't go as well as I wanted to," Watkins said. "I started feeling better in racing. As of now, I'm on track to meet my goal. I wanted to make the 5-8. I've done that. I have a chance to possibly make it to the semis. Let's see what happens tomorrow and try to keep it rolling." In his next matchup against Kelemen, the two riders played a brief game of cat and mouse before Watkins hit the gas and accelerated past Kelemen, pulling away from him in the final half lap. "Jimmy had Kelemen in the 1/8th final and we were pretty confident he could beat him," USA Cycling Track Sprint Program Director Jamie Staff said. "I kept telling him just to focus on himself and make it his ride as it is so easy to get carried away in here. He looked very composed. He had quite a few opportunities before he actually went. Once he went Kelemen just didn’t have a chance. It just wasn’t even close."

MEN'S OMNIUM

Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) sits in 11th place in the men’s omnium with 30 points after the first three of six events. Lea placed 10th in the flying lap with a time of 13.559, 12th in the points race with 12 points and eighth in the elimination race. Lea is set to complete the six-event omnium Sunday after competing in the individual pursuit, scratch race and time trial. Track cycling continues Sunday for USA Cycling with three men's omnium events and the continuation of the men’s sprint competition. Lea is scheduled to contest the individual pursuit at 10 a.m. before riding in the scratch race at 5 p.m. Watkins is slated to compete at 4:34 p.m. BST. The track events will be streamed live on www.nbcolympics.com with television coverage slated on your local NBC station. For more information on cycling at the Olympic Games, visit www.usacycling.org/olympics. WOMEN'S TEAM PURSUIT RESULTS | MEN'S SPRINT STANDINGS | MEN'S OMNIUM STANDINGS PHOTO GALLERY Olympic Women's Team Pursuit 1. Great Britain Dani King Laura Trott Joanna Roswell 2. United States of America Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Exergy TWENTY12) 3. Canada Tara Whitten Gillian Carleton Jasmin Glaesser 4. Australia Annette Edmondson Melissa Hoskins Josephine Tomic 5. New Zealand Lauren Ellis Jaime Nielsen Alison Shanks 6. Netherlands Kirsten Wild Amy Pieters Ellen van Dijk 7. Belarus Tatsiana Sharakova Alena Dylko Aksana Papko 8. Germany Judith Arndt Charlotte Becker Lisa Brennauer 9. Ukraine Yelizaveta Bochkarova Svitlana Galyuk Lesya Kalitovska 10. China Fan Jiang Wenwen Jiang Jing Liang Men’s Sprint Standings Qualifying – Watkins 12th - 10.247 1/16 – Watkins defeated Seiichiro Nakagawa (JPN) 1/8 – Watkins defeated Pavel Kelemen (CZE) Men’s Omnium 1. Bryan Coquard (FRA) 10 2. Elia Viviani (ITA) 13 3. Glenn O’Shea (AUS) 14 4. Edward Clancy (GBR) 14 5. Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN) 18 6. Roger Kluge (GER) 19 7. Shane Archbold (NZL) 23 8. Walter Fernando Perez (ARG) 28 9. Zachary Bell (CAN) 30 10. Martyn Irvine (IRL) 30 11. Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) 30 12. Hosung Cho (KOR) 31 13. Eloy Teruel Rovira (ESP) 34 14. Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (COL) 38 15. Gijs van Hoecke (BEL) 40 16. Ki Ho Choi (HKG) 40 17. Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (VEN) 46 18. Luis Mansilla (CHI) 52


Temecula Woman Seeking to Put U.S. Olympic Cyclists Into Gold Medal Race UPDATE: 8-4-12 The U.S. team just won the silver medal in the women's team pursuit. Story and photos to follow this afternoon.
TEMECULA - Temecula resident Sarah Hammer will be part of the U.S. team facing Australia today in a first-round heat of the Olympic women's team pursuit cycling race at the Velodrome at London's Olympic Park. The three-woman team of Hammer, Dotsie Bausch of Irvine and Jennie Reed of Seattle posted the second-fastest qualifying time Friday, completing the 12 laps around the 250-meter track in three minutes, 19.406 seconds, setting an unofficial American record. "It feels amazing," the 29-year-old Hammer said. "Everything we've been training for the last four years is on the line. We executed amazingly, got a new American record, which is always a great feeling and qualified second. The first step is complete, a great position to be in." Said Benjamin Sharp, USA Cycling track endurance director and USA Cycling director of endurance programs: "I think we can make some adjustments for (today) and maybe even have a slightly faster time." Australia qualified third in 3:19.719. The U.S.-Australia heat will be the third of four heats, which are scheduled to begin at 8:11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. If the U.S. wins, it would face the winner of the race between Great Britain, which set a world record of 3:15.669 in qualifying, and Canada for the gold medal. The finals, which will start with the bronze medal race, are scheduled to begin at 9:42 a.m. Both the first round and finals will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com. The finals are scheduled to be shown on a delayed basis between 2-2:40 p.m. on NBC. "I want a gold medal," said Hammer, who graduated from Chaparral High School in 2000. "I'm really proud to represent the United States, to get to wear the USA suit and be around the other athletes. Their success is so infectious." Hammer, Bausch and Reed won the silver medal in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships. In the team pursuit, the two opposing teams start on either side of the track. The winner is the team that catches the other team or records the fastest time. A team is caught when the opposing team comes within one meter of the other. Hammer is also entered in the omnium, which begins Monday, where riders compete against each other in six different elements on the track. Hammer won a silver medal in the omnium in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships and won the event at the 2012 London Olympic Test Event. Hammer retired from cycling in 2003, but was inspired to return to the sport after watching the 2004 Olympics on television. Hammer was fifth in the individual pursuit race in the 2008 Olympics and failed to finish the points race.
Temecula Woman Helps U.S. Olympic Cyclists to Second-Fastest Qualifying Time TEMECULA - Temecula resident Sarah Hammer helped the U.S. to the second-fastest time in qualifying for the Olympic women's team pursuit cycling race today at the Velodrome at London's Olympic Park. The three-woman team of Hammer, Dotsie Bausch of Irvine and Jennie Reed of Seattle completed the 3,000 meters in three minutes, 19.406 seconds, setting an unofficial American record. "It feels amazing," the 29-year-old Hammer said. "Everything we've been training for the last four years is on the line. We executed amazingly, got a new American record, which is always a great feeling and qualified second. The first step is complete, a great position to be in." Great Britain was first in a world record time of 3:15.669. The event will conclude Saturday with first-round heats, which are scheduled to begin at 8:11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and the finals. The U.S. will face Australia in the third first-round heat. Australia qualified third in 3:19.719. "I think we can make some adjustments for tomorrow and maybe even have a slightly faster time," said Benjamin Sharp, USA Cycling track endurance director and USA Cycling director of endurance programs. If the U.S. wins, it would face the winner of the race between Great Britain and Canada for the gold medal. The finals, which will start with the bronze medal race, are scheduled to begin at 9:42 a.m. Both the first round and finals will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com. The finals are scheduled to be shown on a delayed basis between 2-2:40 p.m. on NBC. "I want a gold medal," said Hammer, who graduated from Chaparral High School in 2000. "I'm really proud to represent the United States, to get to wear the USA suit and be around the other athletes. Their success is so infectious." Hammer, Bausch and Reed won the silver medal in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships. In the team pursuit, the two opposing teams start on either side of the track. The winner is the team that catches the other team or records the fastest time. A team is caught when the opposing team comes within one meter of the other. Hammer is also entered in the omnium, which begins Monday, where riders compete against each other in six different elements on the track. Hammer won a silver medal in the omnium in the 2011 UCI Track World Championships and won the event at the 2012 London Olympic Test Event. Hammer retired from cycling in 2003, but was inspired to return to the sport after watching the 2004 Olympics on television. Hammer was fifth in the individual pursuit race in the 2008 Olympics and failed to finish the points race.


 

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