Competitive Cyclist
Chain Reaction
Full Speed Ahead
Look Cycle

Cyclingnews 2007 Reader Poll Results

Best female track rider

Sarah drops the Hammer

By Laura Weislo

Sarah Hammer set a new USA record at 3:32.058
Photo ©: Mitch Friedman
(Click for larger image)

What's in a name? Our best female trackie has a name that strikes fear into the hearts of her competitors. When American Sarah Hammer came back from a premature retirement, she struck a blow to the hopes of the rest of the women pursuiters and took two consecutive World Championship titles. Hammer also claimed victory in the Los Angeles World Cup no fewer than three times - in the Scratch, Points and pursuit.

Hammer won our reader poll by a huge margin over triple World Champion, Victoria Pendleton. The British rider has titles in the sprint, team sprint and keirin, and deserved every one of her 1,409 votes.

Australians took the next three spots in the poll, with 500m world record holder Anna Meares slotting in at third ahead of Points race World Champion Katherine Bates and double World Cup gold medallist, pursuiter Katie Mactier.

Canadian Gina Grain earned her sixth place by jetting all over the world to earn UCI points - from Venezuela to Italy to Australia and China. She bested UCI #1 ranked Italian Vera Carrara, sprinter Shuang Gao, and Cuban Lisandra Guerra and Pan-Am champion, Colombian Maria Luisa Calle.


                                                   Votes     %ge
1 Sarah Hammer                                      2569      32.02%
2 Victoria Pendleton                                1409      17.56%
3 Anna Meares                                       1280      15.96%
4 Katherine Bates                                   1049      13.08%
5 Katie Mactier                                      606      7.55%
6 Gina Grain                                         282      3.52%
7 Vera Carrara                                       255      3.18%
8 Shuang Gao                                         237      2.95%
9 Lisandra Guerra                                    200      2.49%
10 Maria Luisa Calle Williams                        135      1.68%
                                             Total: 8022