If the Kickstarter campaign to fund a livestream of the September 12 UCI Hour Record attempt is successful, spectators around the world will be able to watch Molly’s progress on the track and see an on-screen lap counter/timer that shows whether she is ahead or behind world-record pace.
They will also hear live track-side commentary from two of Northern California’s most revered cycling ambassadors: Ellen Sherrill and Jim Turner.
Ellen Sherrill is an active bike racer, cycling coach, and cyclo-centric journalist. She enjoys riding and racing any type of bike–from road to BMX, cyclocross to track, mountain to time trial. Ellen is a student of cycling history, cycling technology, racing strategy, and everything else bike-related, which she takes every opportunity to learn, teach, and experience.
Ellen’s impressive and unusual palmares include a recent National Championship in singlespeed cross-country mountain bike racing and three consecutive second-place finishes in the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships. Ellen is excited to use her nearly-forgotten background as a college radio DJ to provide commentary on Molly’s record attempt in Aguascalientes.
Jim Turner is a Pennsylvania native who is now retired from a long career in Silicon Valley. His cycling career began in the 1990s, when he started racing duathlons and quickly progressed to win the National Championship in his age group in 1996. He turned his athletic focus exclusively to cycling in 2002, starting with road races (including the grueling Everest Challenge stage race, where he scored an age-group win in 2003). In 2008, Jim’s coach Dan Smith urged him to try track racing at the Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose. Since then, Jim has won a bronze medal at the Masters Track World Champions and set multiple masters world records in his 75-79 age group, including the 200 meters, 2K individual pursuit, and hour.
Want to support our effort to livestream Ellen and Jim’s commentary to viewers around the world? Please pledge to our Kickstarter campaign, ending Friday, August 28: http://kck.st/1TgpNlw
Photo credits: Jay Ganaden, Molly Van Houweling, Instituto del Deporte del Estado de Aguascalientes