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  Chloe Dygert to make track debut at Hong Kong World Cup  
  January 8th 2016  
  2016 is shaping up as a big year for dual junior world champion on the road Chloe Dygert. While Dygert's cycling career had been on the road, 2016 will take a different path as she focuses on the track. With her track debut coming at the final round of the 2015/16 UCI Track World Cup in Hong Kong.

Stepping up from junior to senior can be a big challenge, even more so when you have not come up on the track. Despite never having competed on the track before October, Dygert has grabbed the opportunity with both hands impressing US coaches and has been named in the long team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Having completed four camps with the US track team, Dygert is looking forward to her track debut and the experience will bring. With her 2016 goals realigned to making the Olympic team expect to see

PelotonWatch: Has been three months since you claimed two world titles at the Road World Championship has it sunk in?

Chloe Dygert: I remember winning my first National title and I would always get asked this question. I never knew how to answer it because it never really occurred to me how big of a deal it was. So I figured if I were to get a World title I would know how too, but I just can't. It was just like winning any other race but with more people and cooler podium presentations!

PW: When first asked to test on the track what was your reaction and how did the opportunity come about?

CD: I had received a message on Facebook from the track coach, Andy Sparks, asking if I had any interest to try it out. He had asked me late in the year, after Junior Nationals but before Junior Worlds so at first I was a little hesitant because I didn't want to mess my training up for Worlds so I waited until after to try it out. But I was super excited to be asked to come test it out; I am even more so now that I have been named to the Olympic Long Team.

PW: Ahead of your first test what did you know about track cycling?

CD: I knew that it was on a fixed gear bike and that you road around in circles.

PW: Your first test was in California in October how did you find it and what was the experience like?

CD: So it was after worlds and it had been planned that I would go just to test it out and see how I liked it. I went to the camp after a three-week break, so I was a little out of shape but it still was super fun. It was nice to meet the track girls and see how different things are from the track to the road.

PW: What was the biggest challenge and what did you learn from your first camp?

CD: I'm still learning, there is a new challenge everyday.

PW: The testing was a success and was followed up by another session this time in Colorado at the US Olympic Training Centre how did it go?

CD: It was great; the dome was up over the velodrome so we were able to ride through any condition.

PW: Comparing your track camps happy with how you improved and the progress you made?

CD: I'm pleased with the progress I've made. I've been to four camps and Andy believes I'm all ready for my first World Cup.

PW: You will make your track debut at the Hong Kong World Cup in January what are you most excited about?

CD: Just the experience, this will be my first time out of the U.S for anything so it is going to be really exciting. I will learn so much from this and hopefully it will make me a better rider for the upcoming events.

PW: What do you think the biggest challenge will be and what are your goals for the World Cup?

CD: Since this will be my first time out of the States I think I will have the most trouble with the long travel and jet lag.

PW: What has your preparation for the Hong Kong been like?

CD: Just training, and learning as much as I can about the travel as fast as I can!

PW: What does it mean to be named in the long team for the Olympic Games?

CD: It's an honour; I'm really excited to be selected. I can't wait to see if I have what it takes to make the final roster.

PW: The US has a strong history in the women's team pursuit is making the Olympic team your big goal for 2016?

CD: It is now, I never even imagined myself getting an opportunity like this. It was a goal of mine to go to the 2016 Olympics but how? I didn't know. I am just so thankful for this opportunity.
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