The Pan American Games, held in Toronto, Canada, served as an important opportunity for three members of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team to represent their nations. Racing in the track cycling events held at the Cisco Milton Velodrome in downtown Toronto, Lauren Tamayo and Ruth Winder represented the United States of America, and Laura Brown represented the host nation of Canada in the women’s pursuit discipline.
After proceeding through the qualifying rounds, neck-and-neck, Team USA and Team Canada came together in the packed Velodrome for an exciting finale. The four-person team pursuit event is held on the 250-meter track, with each team completing 16 laps for a total distance of 4,000 meters. Teamwork is the critical aspect of the race, with every rider taking turns on the front to increase the speed. The teams were again closely matched for the opening meters before Canada pulled ahead of the Team USA to claim the gold medal in a record-breaking time of 4 minutes, 19.664 seconds.
With the 2016 summer Olympic Games soon approaching, the Pan American Games served as an impressive preview for track cycling in North America. In the lead up to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, teams are looking for as much track time as possible, and competing in a large multi-sport event such as the Pan American Games will be vital experience for every team member. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is immensely proud of Brown, Winder and Tamayo, their abilities, and their opportunities to represent their nations on the World stage as they pursue Olympic dreams.