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USA Cycling announces “Athletes of the Year”

USA Cycling will award its annual “Athlete of the Year” designations on Nov. 5 at the 2011 U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Davis, Calif.

Developmental mountain biker Stephen Ettinger (Cashmere, Wash./BMC Mountain Bike Development Team) will receive the men’s award while the women’s designation will go to the foursome of Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling), Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif.), Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling), and Lauren Tamayo(Asheville, N.C./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) for their success in the team pursuit.

“Being recognized as ‘Athletes of the Year’ for the Women’s Team Pursuit is such an honor,” said Reed. “We’ve all been working hard and continuing to get faster and faster, so it’s always nice to be recognized for our hard work and achievements.  These women motivate and push me every day to reach a higher level.”

STEPHEN ETTINGER

Ettinger got his start as a 10-year-old in Washington State’s local race scene. By age 16, he was competing for national titles, and by age 18 was competing at world championship events. He finished third is his inaugural pro race and has posted 23 top-10 finishes (including eight victories) in the more than 40 races he has entered since 2009. As a member of USA Cycling’s National Development Program, Stephen has consistently shown that he is able to compete among the world’s best. This summer, at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships, he repeated as champion in his event by more than three minutes.

WOMEN’S TEAM PURSUIT SQUAD

In the last two years, American women have experienced unprecedented team pursuit success. On May 12, 2010, Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch, and Lauren Tamayo set the world record for the team pursuit—3:19.569—becoming the first team ever to break the 3:20 barrier. This achievement set the stage for the UCI Track World Championships, where the USA women had never won a medal. At the 2011 Worlds in the Netherlands, the determined trio of Hammer, Bausch, and Jennie Reed reached the gold medal round against Great Britain and eventually earned the silver medal;  another landmark for American cycling.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

In addition to the USA Cycling “Athlete of the Year” awards, four legends of American cycling will be inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The four honorees represent a range of cycling disciplines, including Olympians, World and National Champions, and industry pioneers from the 1920s to the present. The inductees are: Marty Nothstein (Modern Road & Track Competitor),Ruthie Matthes (Off-Road Competitor), Bobby Walthour, Jr. (Veteran Road & Track Competitor), and Mike Sinyard (Contributor to the Sport).

For more information, visit the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame website: www.usbhof.org.

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