One cycling season ends and another begins. Cyclo-cross has officially begun with Cross Vegas. Track racing is in full swing with the Pan Am Games in Aguascalientes, Mexico just wrapping up and the World Championships quickly approaching. As usual, Felt riders came home with medals from the Mexican velodrome and impressive ‘cross results were posted from Cross Vegas.
The Pan American Games concluded and Felt sponsored riders came home with some impressive hardware.
The women’s team pursuit, which was comprised of Twenty/16 team members Amber Gaffney and Jenn Valente, took gold on the second night of competition. The following day, Gaffney post a personal best in the individual pursuit, finishing fifth. On the final day of competition, Valente took the bronze in the omnium – just eight points short from the gold medal winner.
In the Men’s Madison, Jacob Duehring (GS Ciao-Horizon Organic-Einstein Brothers Cycling) along with his partner Bobby Lea, took the gold, beating the Colombian and Argentina teams. This is the first time the US has taken gold in this discipline and for Jacob, his first time in an international caliber Madison. Impressive!
Speaking of impressive, Matt Baranoski officially became the US National Holder in the flying 200 meter time trial with a time of 9.868!
On the other side of the world, Ashleigh Gentle took the win at the Beijing International Triathlon and in the men’s race Josh Amberger crossed the line in second place. This Olympic distance course was considered especially tough. The bike portion was 40 kilometers and included an ascent of Qian Ling Mountain, the highest peak in southeast Beijing.
After the race Ashleigh gave us the scoop on her race, “I took the lead early on in the bike and was able to get about a 2:15 minute gap on the rest of the girls over the 40 kilometers. The run course was challenging, with over 600 stairs to climb up and down, but thankfully I could relax a bit on the run because of my gap.”
While the road season is coming to an end, cyclo-cross is just starting. The unofficial kick-off to the season is Cross Vegas. Held during Interbike and under the lights, this race attracts the world’s best. Lining up next to Europe’s elite professional ‘crossers was Mitch Hoke. The cross country mountain bike racer unveiled the 2015 F1x cyclo-cross bike in Vegas and was rubbing shoulders with the legends of the sport. Hoke uses the ‘cross season to keep his form, as well as bike handling skills, sharp.
The 2014 road season has come to a conclusion and in 62 racing days, Daniel Holloway of the Athlete Octane team powered his Felt AR to 20 victories, 39 top 3, 43 top 5, 51 top 10, and finished as the number one ranked criterium rider in the nation. His win to start percentage is a staggering 32%. Congratulations Daniel for an amazing season!