Waverly man breaks world record in cycling
From the time he was little, Ashton Lambie's dad said he knew he would be successful.
"Ashton tried a lot of different things and we encouraged him to try different things," said Marvin Lambie. "He tried skateboarding, he tried roller blades, he's always ridden a bicycle. When he was 15, he started to really gravitate toward his bike."
As he grew up, Lambie tried several different disciplines of bicycling, including long distance, sprints, gravel and track. His dad said he was particularly good at track cycling.
"He has only been doing this a year or so, and we went to one competition in Florida where he lapped the field," his dad said. "That's almost unheard of. He'd been doing it a few months and these kids had been doing it 10 or 15 years."
Lambie said he's always considered himself, and Team U.S.A Cycling, as underdogs. That's why he was so surprised with the turnout of the Pan-American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Not only did Team U.S.A win, several American records, and one world record, were broken.
The record for individual pursuit had been held by Australian Jack Bobridge. His time, set in 2011, was 4:10.534. Lambie's time was 4:07.25. He beat the current world record by more than three seconds.
"The stars just aligned," Lambie said. "You get someone who is capable of riding a 4:11 at a sea level track and then you get them into a really good weather situation at a sea level track or you get them in altitude and then everything just lines up and you can shave several seconds off."
A few years ago, Lambie was unknown in the cycling world.
"It was really beneficial because expectations are so low and then when something great happens you can surprise yourself and others," said Lambie's dad.
Lambie's family said the keys to his success are family support and his wife's cookies.
"Margaret makes a mean cookie, and all the Team U.S.A guys love them," his dad said. "I went and met up with the team in Mexico and the first question was, 'Do you have the cookies?'"
Holding a world record, Lambie said, is just the beginning of his career, not the end.
"Now, my goal is to do really well at World Championships," Lambie said. "I want to do well and back it up."
Lambie's family said it wants to continue to support him through his cycling journey. His dad said he's already making plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
"That's our goal, is Tokyo," his dad said. "But really, we are also just enjoying the ride. If this were to end tomorrow, it was fun. We loved it."