Chloe Dygert, one of the entries in the 2020 Redlands Bicycle Classic, recently claimed a pair of gold medals at the World Track Championships.
Dygert, 23, a Team Twenty20 cyclist with plenty of background at Redlands, scored a victory in Berlin, taking home the individual pursuit title, beating Germany’s Lisa Brennauer and Franziska Brausse on Feb. 29 in Berlin, Germany. In the process, Dygert set a world record, 3:18.273 in a qualifying race. In the finals against Brennauer, she re-set the mark at 3:16.937 on Feb. 29. Dygert is scheduled to race at the April 22-26 Redlands Bicycle Classic.
At this year’s Worlds, held from Feb. 28-March 3, the USA captured five top-three finishes, taking third on the medal overall chart in a strong international field. Dygert scored another gold with three other Americans, including Twenty20 teammate Jennifer Valente, plus Team Rally cyclists Emma White and Lily Williams. They scored in 4:11.235. It was a narrow win, 1.8 seconds ahead of Great Britain. All four are listed on this year’s Redlands Bicycle Classic race roster. Valente, incidentally, took home silver medals in both the Scratch race and points race. Dygert and Valente, 26, were members of the 2016 USA Olympic team.
Dygert is no stranger to winning gold medals. At last year’s World Road Championships, she won the individual time trial. Rally’s Megan Jastrab took gold in the Junior Women’s Worlds. Quinn Simmons, who won both the red Mountain Climber’s jersey and the green Sprinter’s jersey at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, won the Junior Men’s road race. Amber Neben, defending Redlands Classic champion who is seeking her fifth title on local roads, was the U.S. National Time Trials champion.
Photo by Casey B. Gibson