Cycling Preview
The U.S. cycling team at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 will feature athletes from three cycling disciplines: BMX freestyle, BMX racing, and track cycling. 

In preparation for BMX freestyle to make its debut in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, two of USA Cycling’s premiere riders, Hannah Roberts and Justin Dowell, will be headed to Lima, Peru. Both Roberts and Dowell are world champions – with Roberts earning the title in 2017, followed by a bronze medal in the 2018 competition, and Dowell besting his field in 2018. As two of the youngest, most promising riders in BMX freestyle, Lima 2019 offers them not only an opportunity to showcase their talent, but also exposes them to a multi-sport competition as they look towards Tokyo 2020. Both Roberts and Dowell are currently ranked first in the world cup rankings for the 2019 season, with the U.S. leading the nation rankings for both the male and female categories.

Representing the U.S. in BMX racing at Lima 2019 are some of the nation’s best up-and-coming junior athletes. In the previous Pan American Games, Felicia Stancil took home the gold medal for Team USA’s women, while Nic Long took the bronze on the men’s side. The following year, Pan American athletes Connor Fields and Alise (Post) Willoughby won gold and silver medals, respectively, at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. 

The four racing athletes – Cameron Bramer, Emily Hayes, Sophia Foresta and Cameron Wood – will head to Lima to gain valuable experience competing in a multi-sport event, representing their country with hunger and pride.

USA Cycling is excited to put forth several promising track cycling athletes and teams for the 2019 Pan American Games. On the women’s side, 2015 Pan American athlete Jennifer Valente will be joined by Christina Birch, Chloe Dygert-Owen, Kimberly Geist and Lily Williams. The men’s team is highlighted by breakout track cyclist Ashton Lambie, who is joined by John Croom, Adrian Hegyvary, Daniel Holloway, Gavin Hoover and Colby Lange. 

Having earned a silver medal in the 2015 Pan American Games – as well at Rio 2016 and three world championships – the women’s team pursuit squad is looking to claim the top of the podium this year with individual pursuit world record holder Dygert-Owen back on the squad alongside Birch, Geist and track cycling newcomer Williams. The up-and-coming men’s team pursuit squad, which won the 2018 Pan American Track Cycling Championships, is looking to continue its upward trajectory with the help of individual pursuit world record holder Lambie. 

Valente and Holloway will represent the U.S. in the women’s and men’s omnium – a multi-race event consisting of a scratch race, tempo race, elimination race and points race – in which Valente placed third in this year’s world championships. Hegyvary and Hoover, as well as Geist and Birch, will pair up for the madison.