Irvine, CA (December 21, 2012) – Feenstra, a Dutch environmental control company, and Felt Bicycles have partnered to announce the return of the Feenstra-Felt presented by Kenda Pro Mountain Bike Team for 2013.
The new 2013 UCI Team will race on Felt’s latest Edict Nine and the newly engineered Felt Nine C hardtail bikes. The 100mm travel Felt Edict Nine is the result of Felt engineer’s constant work to develop the fastest full-suspension XC bike. Felt Edict Nines use the proprietary Felt Active Stay Technology or “FAST” suspension for better ride quality and control on descents and improved climbing performance by reducing excessive “bob”. The Felt Nine C combines Felt Ultra-high Modulus Advanced Carbon and 29-inch wheels for a responsive, sure-footed ride and light-weight high performance.
“Feenstra-Felt powered by Kenda showcases Felt’s ever-expanding commitment to pro mountain bike racing including all the advantages that come with competing at the highest level”, says Felt Bicycles’ International Marketing Manager Uwe Daniel. “This talented new team is the perfect mechanism to showcase our products and will push us to stay at the leading edge of performance and technology.”
The new team is an exciting blend of young international talent. Up-and-coming Belgian sensations Ruben Scheire and Robby de Bock lead Feenstra-Felt for 2013. Scheire posted an impressive 5th place earlier this year in the Under 23 World Cup event in Mont Sainte Anne and was second in the highly competitive Belgian National Cross Country Championship for the Under-23 riders. They join Dutch sensation Thijs Zuurbier along with several other to-be-announced top Dutch hopefuls. The complete roster will be introduced at the Feenstra-Felt p/b Kenda media launch on December 21 at the team’s base in Holland.
“For us, this team represents a new milestone in MTB racing and we are very excited to get going,” says Team Feenstra-Felt p/b Kenda Manager Maarten Kemperman.
The team’s long term vision and goal is success at the mountain bike cross country event in the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As part of the holistic initiative to place riders on the Olympic Team for 2016 Team Feenstra-Felt p/b Kenda has enlisted professional trainer and former top triathlete Rob Barel and sports psychology consultant Bart Boogard. Kemperman and Frank van Dulmen will manage sporting operations for the team.