Hammer Closes Pan Am Championships with Omnium Gold

(Sept. 7, 2015) – Sarah Hammer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) closed out the 2015 Pan American Continental Championships with gold in the women’s omnium, putting the finishing touches on a week of dominant American racing in Santiago, Chile.

Hammer edged out Alison Beveridge (CAN) and Angie Gonzalez (VEN) en route to her omnium victory, finishing with 210 points and winning the individual pursuit and elimination along the way. Beveridge, who also finished with 210 points, won two events as well, while Gonzalez took 190 points with a second-place effort in the scratch race.

Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR) struck gold in the women’s individual pursuit on Friday, finishing in  a track record 3:28.947. It was the second track record of the week that Velente had a hand in, as the women’s team pursuit team set the course record on Thursday in 4:21.328. American teammate Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./NorthStar Development) joined Valente on the podium with silver in 3:31.359, while Annie Foreman-Mackey (CAN) earned bronze in 3:36.742.

The U.S. women wrapped up the week with a medal in every endurance event, finishing no worse than second.

Jacob Duehring (Irvine, Calif./GS Ciao) and Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Custom Velo) owned the men’s Madison on Sunday, collecting 22 points and the gold medal ahead of Colombia’s 14 points and Chile’s 11.

Missy Erickson (Alexandria, Minn./BIG Picture Cycling-Mission Possible 2016) narrowly missed medaling in the women’s keirin on Sunday, finishing fourth behind Monique Sullivan (CAN), Martha Bayona (COL) and Jessica Salazar (MEX). Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Chester County Cycling Foundation) finished 12th.

Matt Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Custom Velo) took fifth in the men’s sprint on the final day of competition.

Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Chester County Cycling Foundation-Team Alliance Environmental) earned silver in the women’s points race on Saturday, finishing with 38 points behind Stephanie Roorda (CAN), who scored 43. Arlenis Sierra finished third with 35 points, while Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Lake Washington Velo) took eighth with zero points.

Lea finished fifth in the men’s omnium with 179 points, trailing Juan Estraban Arango’s (COL) 223 points, Ignacio Prado’s (MEX) 213 points and Roy Remi Pelletier’s (CAN) 191 points. Lea’s top finish came in the flying lap, where he finished second.

Duehring took seventh in the in the men’s points race with 13 points in a field that was paced by Luis Sepulveda (CHI) with 45 points, Sean Mackinnon (CAN) with 37 points and Juan Ignacio Curuchet (ARG) with 27 points. Lea finished tied for twelfth with zero points.

Erickson placed 10th in the women’s sprint behind Sullivan, Julinana Gaviria (COL) and Lizandra Guerra (CUB). Feiss finished 12th.



One of the most decorated cyclists in U.S. history, Sarah Hammer has won two Olympic silver medals at the 2012 London Games, seven UCI World Championship titles, eleven UCI World Championship medals and currently holds the world record in the 3-kilometer individual pursuit on the track.

Her 2012 Olympic medal haul broke a 12-year drought in track cycling medals won by American athletes. And she’s not done yet. Sarah aims to ride for gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Amazingly, one of the most remarkable American track cycling careers almost never took place. Burned out from the rigors of competitive cycling, Sarah quit the sport in 2003 after just two years as an elite rider. With no plans to return, she sold most of her equipment, went back to school and worked a variety of unfulfilling jobs.

As fate would have it, Sarah was inspired to make a comeback after watching her former teammates and competitors race on track cycling’s grandest stage at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Later that year, Sarah returned to the bike at age 20 with a renewed sense of purpose, focus and commitment. She has gone on to set two world records — in the individual pursuit and as part of the team pursuit — and in 2011 became the first American woman to win three medals at a UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Sarah’s pursuit of perfection goes beyond the international awards and accolades she has collected in track cycling. In addition to being at the top of the sport, she strives to live a balanced life by spending time off the bike sharpening her mind and spirit by reading, hiking with her German Shepherd, Dolça and exploring new places. Sarah studies world geography and how it relates, among other things, to cultures, languages and politics. She also donates her time and supports multiple organizations that focus on youth development, most notably Classroom Champions.


Temecula , CA


135 lbs.

Track, Road Sprinting

Reading , Hiking with her Dogs, Skiing

Career Highlights

World Record Holder 3K Individual Pursuit – 3:22.2

Two-time Olympic Silver Medalist

Seven-time World Track Cycling Champion

2008, 2012 United States Olympic Team





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