Olympics

Track Olympic long team announced

Eight men and 11 women are in the running for the U.S. Olympic team

Thursday USA Cycling announced the 2012 Olympic track long team. The 19 athletes represent the pool from which athletes may be selected to represent the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics.

Women’s track long team

Eleven female track riders were chosen for the long team. Sarah Hammer earned the only automatic nomination by meeting three selection criteria.

Automatic nominations:

Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) earned an automatic nomination by placing second in the women’s omnium at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, and she also won two omniums at 2011 UCI Track World Cup events (Manchester, Great Britain, and Cali, Colombia).

Discretionary nominations:

Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2011 UCI track world championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands along with teammates Hammer and Jennie Reed.

Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2011 UCI track world championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands along with teammates Hammer and Bausch.

Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) placed sixth in the points race in Apeldoorn.

Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12), along with teammates Bausch and Hammer, helped set the world record in the women’s team pursuit at the 2010 Pan American Games in Aguascalientes, Mexico and is also a member of the 2012 Olympic road long team.

Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./GS Adams Avenue Bicycles) was selected after winning the Women’s Scratch Race at the 2011 junior track world championships in Moscow, Russia.

Elizabeth Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Black Dog Professional Cycling Team) finished fourth in the women’s team sprint at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, along with teammate Madalyn Godby.

Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./enCompass Racing), finished fourth in the women’s team sprint at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, along with teammate Carlson

Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic), with teammate Tela Crane, finished second to Carlson and Godby in the women’s team sprint at the 2011 USA Cycling elite track national championships.

Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Broadmark Capital), with teammate Walker, finished second to Carlson and Godby in the women’s team sprint at the 2011 USA Cycling elite track national championships.

Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center Team) placed 19th in the Women’s Keirin at the first UCI Track World Cup of the season in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Men’s track long team

The entire men’s track long team is made up of discretionary nominees.

Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project London 2012) represented the U.S. at the 2011 UCI track world championships. He competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China and finished seventh in the team sprint at the most recent UCI track World Cup.

Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA), represented the U.S. at the 2011 UCI track world championships. He competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project London 2012), represented the U.S. at the 2011 UCI track world championships. He finished seventh in the team sprint at the most recent UCI track World Cup.

Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion) represented the U.S. at the 2011 UCI track world championships. He competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Dean Tracy (Portland, Ore./Project London 2012) represented the U.S. at the 2011 UCI track world championships.

Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012) finished seventh in the team sprint at the most recent UCI track World Cup. Watkins placed fourth in the keirin at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Along with teammates Tracy and Blatchford, Watkins set the 750m team sprint national record, earning him a silver medal.

Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./BMC Racing Team) is hoping to earn a spot on the Olympic road team as well. Phinney is a two-time Pursuit world champion and 2010 world championship bronze medalist in the omnium.

T.J. Mathieson (Redondo Beach, Calif./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) finished 11th in the time trial at the UCI track World Cup in Cali, Colombia.