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Kelly Williamson wins IM Texas; Middaugh takes XTERRA SE Champs

It was a monster weekend for Felt’s elite athletes who collectively racked up a total of seven race wins across four disciplines.

It all started in Texas as homegrown Kelly Williamson, aboard her Felt DA, raced a perfect race to take Ironman Texas in a blistering 8:54.42. First out of the water, Kelly stayed in the top-5 throughout the bike leg, then used a 2:54 run to finish with top honors in front of frenzied home crowd. For Kelly this proved to be a full return to health after leg surgery last year kept things in doubt. “I just had to keep digging at it. I knew I had it in me, but it wasn’t until I got out there and started feeling strong throughout. It’s tough to overcome struggles when your 12 years into your career.”

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For Ironman’s full wrap-up log on to: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2014/05/ironman-texas-recap.aspx#axzz32HSkWkuJ

In other multi-sport news, Felt’s Josiah Middaugh used his superior all-around fitness including a particular strong bike segment to take the win in the XTERRA Southeast Championship in Alabama, Josiah give up some time in the swim leaving the water at 2:20 back, but made up most of that time on the bike, then finished things in the run. Josiah was quick to comment what a close and competitive race it was siting, “Everything was so tight, and I think that’s a testament to the strength of the field, it was a battle out there for everybody.  It was a true race, everybody was fighting hard.”

For XTERRA’s full wrap-up log on to: http://www.xterraplanet.com/middaugh-duffy-win-xterra-southeast-championship

In other race news, Team Horizon/Einstein put it all together at the Superior Morgul Road Race in Colorado as Emerson Oronte won the criterium and teammate Chris Winn took the road race and the overall. Coming off some big casualties from an 80-man crash at the Tour of Gila a couple of weeks ago, it was nice to see these this group have the kind of success they have worked so hard for.

Finally, back in Texas, the US track season got kicked off at an event called the Matrix Cup in the Frisco-based Superdrome. Felt sprinters Matt Baranoski and Missy Erickson doubled in the Men’s and Women’s Match Sprints, and Missy also added a flying 500m victory to her ever-growing palamres.

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