Who are the American riders heading to Hong Kong for the Track World Champs?

The US squad was recently announced with seven riders heading to Asia to compete for world titles

Seven USA Cycling track athletes are heading to Hong Kong, April 12-16 to compete in the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s Vice President of Athletics said, “Our women’s team is very strong and showcases the depth we have in the program. We are ready to challenge the world.”

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Seven-time elite world champion and four-time Olympic medallist Sarah Hammer (Performance United – FELT) will captain the six-women strong US squad, competing individually in the omnium, points and scratch races.

She automatically qualified for the omnium by winning silver at the Rio Olympics this past year and for the points and scratch races because she is the highest ranked US rider for both events in the UCI standings.

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Joining Hammer in the team pursuit event are her Rio Olympics silver medal teammates Kelly Catlin (Rally Cycling), Chloe Dygert (Sho-Air TWENTY20) and Jenn Valente (unattached) as well as Kim Geist (PA Masters p/b Piscitello Law), who helped the team win a gold medal in the event at the Track World Cup in Los Angeles this past February.

Individually, reigning continental champion Catlin and national champion Dygert will also race pursuit in Hong Kong while Geist will partner with Kim Zubris (Long Tail Creative) to participate in the first even women’s Madison race at the Track World Championships.

The lone representative on the men’s team, Zak Kovalcik (Toronto Hustle), will compete in the men’s points and scratch races. The 34-year-old from Portland, Oregon earned his automatic nominations because he’s the current UCI points leader in both disciplines.

Complete details, including the full schedule, timing and start lists for the Track World Championships races can be found on the event website.