The Sea Otter Classic was another successful event for Felt sponsored riders. Hincapie Sportswear Development riders continued their winning streak taking the victory in the road and circuit race. The Twenty/16 team was also a frequent visitor to the Sea Otter podium with placings in the criterium, road and circuit race.
Joe Schmalz claimed the first win of the Sea Otter weekend for the Hincapie Devo team. The Hincapie Development management reported that Ty Magner and recent Redlands Classic general classification winner Joey Rosskopf were not starting the road race due to illness. As a result only three Hincapie Devo riders would take the start line: Joe Schmalz,Toms Skujins, and Oscar Clark.
Even with their numbers reduced, the Hincapie Devo boys kept the race animated. In the final two kilometers of the 70 mile race, Joe attacked, powering his Felt FC to a dramatic victory. This is not Joe’s first win of the season. He scored another road race win in March at the Castaic Lake Road Race.
The Sea Otter Circuit race is contested on the tough Laguna Seca Race Track – a 2.2 mile closed course. The loop includes a tough climb immediately followed by the sinuous descent aptly named, “The Corkscrew.”
The Hincapie Dev team was back at full strength. Rosskopf showed that his illness was behind him and split the field with his hard efforts. As a result Ty Magner and Toms Skujins were in a select front group.
In the charge for the line Magner showed why he was the 2012 U-23 criterium national champion. Blasting out of the peloton, the Asheville, North Carolina resident proved to be the fastest in the field taking the win.
The Felt sponsored Twenty/16 team first appeared on the Sea Otter podium with Lex Albrecht finishing the criterium in third place. Teammates Kaitlin Antonneau crossed the line in sixth and Mary Elizabeth Maroon behind her in seventh place.
In the challenging Sea Otter Road Race, Twenty/16 claimed first and second place. Alison Tetrick took the victory with Lex in second place.
Sunday’s circuit race was another podium placing for the Twenty/16 Team with Lex taking second place. Alison was also in the sprint for the line finishing in fifth.
Off the podium, but still in the mix at Sea Otter, the Pro’s Closet Mountain Bike Team was solid in both the cross-country and short-track.
After four days of racing Felt riders were a common sight at the Sea Otter Classic post-race awards ceremony. When it was all said and done Felt sponsored teams won three races, and was on the podium with two second places and a third.