USA Women Ride Felt to Olympic Silver!
Saturday, August 04, 2012
The USA women’s team pursuit squad
of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed
and Lauren Tamayo
rode their Felt TK1
bikes to a silver medal
performance Saturday at the London Olympic Games.
Going against the deep and strong teams of Great Britain, Australia and Canada, the silver medal in the 3km team pursuit was a terrific result for the four American women. The lineup of Hammer, Bausch and Reed narrowly edged out Australia in the semifinal round with a time of 3:16.853, a new American record.
That semifinal win set up the Americans for a finals showdown against the Brits, a squad that had set a new world record (3:14.682) while beating the Canadians in the semifinals. For the finals, the Americans brought in Tamayo for Reed, hoping to benefit from having a fresh rider in the gold medal round.
The three put up a great fight in the gold medal ride but the Brits, cheered on by the hometown crowd, were dominant once again, setting another new world record (3:14.682) to take the gold.
“We fought every pedal stroke, every lap, every second,” Bausch told Cyclingnews.com after their ride. “It’s pretty wild to think of the deep richness of the track programs in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain, and it’s just been us four and Ben [Sharp, the USA Cycling track endurance coach], and we got the silver.”