June 16, 2008 (Carson, CA) — Seventeen year old cyclist Taylor Phinney of Boulder, Colorado, has set a new world junior record in the 3,000-meter individual pursuit event with a time of 3:16.65 this afternoon at the ADT Event Center located at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The record set by Phinney, nominated to the United States Olympic Team which will announce its members on July 1, is the first world record set on the velodrome inside the ADT Event Center.
Phinney, talking part in USA Cycling’s team selection camp, said, “Achieving this mark was one of my goals when I started my Olympic training this year,” said Phinney. “As our team prepares for Beijing, I couldn’t be more proud to set this record and am excited to represent the United States in the Olympics.”
The new world record eclipses the old mark of 3:17.775 achieved by Michael Ford (Australia) in 2004.
Having opened July 21, 2004, the 2,450-seat ADT Event Center features North America’s only indoor cycling velodrome and has hosted such prestigious events such as the 2004 UCI Junior Track Cycling Championships, the 2005 UCI Track Cycling Championships and the 2007 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic among other prestigious events.