The US Team for the PanAmerican Track Championships set a new world record for team pursuit on the second day of the race. The team is composed by Sarah Hammer, fresh from setting a new world record in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit, Lauren Tamayo and Dotsie Bausch.
The new world record was 3:19.569 as the trio rode three kilometers at the Bicentennial Velodrome in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Their time was lower thans the record set by the New Zealand team at the UCI Track World Championships in Copenhagen last March. The New Zealand team was composed of Alison Shanks, Lauren Ellis and Rushlee Buchanan. Their time was 3:21.552.
The women’s team pursuit will be included at the London Olympic Games for the first time. The top three nations who dominate this discipline are Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia. Although the American track cycling shows promise with the US team’s performance in Mexico, the bar has been raised.