In the thin air of Bolivia, Lambie took nearly a full second off his previous best time in qualifying for the individual pursuit.
He then went out in the Gold Medal ride and lowered the time further, posting 4:05.423 to set an imposing new mark as the best in the world.
When asked about his initial performance Lambie said, “It feels great to shave a little time off the record. I’m looking forward to the finals tonight and representing the stars and stripes.”
“Ashton has continued to impress since he exploded onto the scene in 2017,” added Scott Schnitzspahn, Vice President of USA Elite Athletics.
“His persistence, athletic ability and hard work continually raises the bar for our entire Men’s Endurance Track Program. We are looking forward to continuing this trajectory as we continue the charge towards 2020.”
Lambie has enjoyed a quick rise to the top echelon of track cyclists. He first represented USA Cycling only two years ago at the 2017 Pan-American Championships after winning the Individual Pursuit and placing second in the Omnium and Points race earlier in the summer at his first-ever Track National Championship.
Lambie has continued to represent Team USA in several World Cups and World Championships including the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Poland where he bettered his previous year’s result in the Individual Pursuit placing fifth.
Earlier in the event, Lambie was part of the Team Pursuit squad of Eric Young, Daniel Holloway, and John Croom that set a new American Record clocking a time of 3:52.747, earning a silver medal behind Canada, who set a blazing time of 3:49.974.