The racing season is in a transitional phase. The road and triathlon calendars are winding down, however on the velodrome, the season is in full swing as riders prepare for the upcoming 2015 World Championships. Regardless of the discipline, Felt riders aren’t slowing down and still taking wins around the world.
Matt Baranoski and Danny Robertson continued their winning ways in the Keirin at the UCI CL1 Swiss Track Cycling Challenge. Matt took the win and Danny finished just behind him in second place. Matt and Danny, along with Jacob Duehring of the GS Ciao-Horizon Organic-Einstein Brothers Cycling team will represent the USA in the Pan Am Championships in Augacalientes, Mexico. Twenty16’s Jennifer Valente is also wearing the stars and stripes in Mexico in the Omnium event.
Njisane Phillip, 2012 Olympic Games semi-finalist, won the Match Sprints at the UCI Category CL1 GP Prostejov in the Czech Republic. The Trinidadian sprinter was aboard his TK1 competing against a stacked field of racers, all honing their form for the track season.
Jamie Whitmore took the win in the C3 division in the time trial at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling World Championship held in Greenville, South Carolina. Jaime is a long time Felt athlete and in addition to her skills against the clock, she is an Xterra champion.
The Twenty16 Pro cycling team continues to add victories to the win column. Lex Albrecht won three stages and clinched the overall general classification at the Green Mountain Stage Race. While Lex was dominating the racing in the States, her teammates Allie Dragoo, Katie Antonneau, and Lauren Rauck Komanski were representing their respective home countries in Europe as they prepare for the World Championships. We wish them all good luck!
The Tour of Alberta is one of the a few UCI ranked stage races in North America. As such, it attracts world caliber teams, bringing their strongest riders. While this year’s Canadian stage race has completed just a couple of stages, the Hincapie Development team is already leaving its mark.
In the prologue, Joey Rosskopf finished a solid seventh place – just 22 seconds behind the the winner. Robin Carpenter, stage winner at the recent USA Pro Challenge, was part of an early break, gaining over four minutes. However, with six kilometers of the stage remaining, Carpenter and his breakaway companion were caught. His teammate Dion Smith sprinted his FC to fourth place in the stage and Rosskopf sits currently in eighth place overall. Even though he was caught, Robin’s effort in the stage 1’s break was rewarded with the King of the Mountain jersey.
News Flash! – Robin was just selected to USA’s U-23 squad for the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain!
This Sunday in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada is the 70.3 World Championships. Felt has several strong contenders for the win. Tim Reed is coming off an incredible 70.3 winning streak, taking victory in the Ironman 70.3 Vineman, Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake, and the Gold Coast Challenge. Needless to say, Tim will have a huge bullseye on his back. Daniela Ryf has also had an impressive streak with four consecutive wins at major international triathlons and is another huge favorite in Quebec. The young Australian Josh Amberger has been putting the finishing touches on his World Championship preparation and has made this race a major goal. Emma-Kate Lidbury is a six-time 70.3 Ironman champion and has the experience to add another title to her impressive resume.