Here is an update on everything that has been going on:

Durango Herald Article, John Livingston 

Days after being left off the USA Cycling women’s road team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Durango’s Carmen Small was still fighting back tears.

Four years of preparation suddenly felt meaningless. A 2016 season loaded with accomplishments, including a national championship in the time trial in May, made the snub hard to swallow.

“I’m really devastated,” Small said Saturday in an emotional phone interview with The Durango Herald. “All I can say is that I’m heartbroken.”

While Small is heartbroken, others are outraged. USA Cycling had four seats to award for Brazil. One was guaranteed to Megan Guarnier after she earned an automatic spot for placing third in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. That left one spot for a road racer and two for the time trial, with both time trial riders required to also compete in the road race in Rio. USA Cycling made a strong selection in Evelyn Stevens, the new hour-record holder and second-ranked woman in the current UCI standings. She’s strong on the road and in the time trial, and the selection committee certainly couldn’t ignore her.

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ESPN Article, by Bonnie Ford

Colorado cyclist Carmen Small will request arbitration to challenge her omission from the U.S. Olympic team in the time trial event, she and her lawyer confirmed Tuesday.

Small, 36, of Durango, won her second national time trial championship in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last month with a gap of 1 minute, 8.56 seconds over two-time defending Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong and 1:53.02 over Evelyn Stevens, the other rider selected for the Rio 2016 time trial.

The hearing procedure is defined by Section 9 of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s bylaws. A ruling must be made by July 18, the USOC’s roster deadline for the Rio Summer Games, which start Aug. 5.

Small’s lawyer, Howard Jacobs, said he did not want to go into detail about the arguments he plans to make on her behalf. He said Small is not seeking to replace a specific rider, but rather will contend that the selection criteria were not properly interpreted.

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VeloNews, by Fred Dreier

When Carmen Small won the 2016 national time trial championships, she thought she had punched her ticket to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The result came on the heels of a strong European campaign for the 36-year-old Durango, Colorado resident. And while Small hadn’t earned an automatic selection onto the American team — only Megan Guarnier had achieved that — she believed her results would elevate her over the country’s other best time trial riders in the eyes of USA Cycling’s selection committee.

Small was wrong. Last week, USA Cycling named the four-woman team for Rio: Kristin Armstrong, Evelyn Stevens, Mara Abbott, and Guarnier.

This week, Small launched an official appeal to the decision. She and her lawyer, longtime sports attorney Howard Jacobs, have requested arbitration. VeloNews caught up with Small to discuss her decision to go to arbitration.

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I will write a blog this week, so stay tuned!

 

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