(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.