It seems lately that if it is race day, it is some Felt athlete’s time to shine. Such was the case last week with big results coming in Tulsa Tough, Tour de Beauce, XTERRA East Championships and Ironman 70.3 Cairns.
The three days of racing known as Tulsa Tough are not only a mainstay on the US calendar, they are also circled in red on Daniel Holloway‘s USA, above). The US crit specialist always shines in these kinds of events and he rose to the occasion in Tulsa. With his Alto Velo/SeaSucker teammates totally dedicated to keeping the race speed high and putting their sprinter in a position to be first across the line, Daniel took the first two events in classic wide-open style. The first into the final corner both Friday and Saturday night, the reigning US national Crit Champ hit afterburners aboard his AR to finish hands up, just ahead of Hincapie Racing’s Miguel Bryon (USA) each day. While both Daniel and Miguel did not crack the top-3 on the third and final day, it did nothing to tarnish a brilliant racing weekend for both.
In Quebec, Canada the Hincapie Racing team continued it’s hot streak with Toms Skujins (LAT) and Dion Smith (NZL, above) leading the squad to a 2-3 overall finish while landing Dion the Best Young Rider and Points Competition in the process. Toms and Dion actually lead the UCI category 2.2 event going into the final day of the 5-day 6-stage event, but despite a gallant effort could not hold off the Spanish team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA who propelled Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia to the win by just 15 seconds. Since winning the US TTT championship in May the Hincapie Racing team has won a stage in the Amgen Tour of CA plus held the yellow jersey for two days afterwards, and taken the famed Winston-Salem Road Race. They now have their sights set on the Tour of Utah and US Pro Challenge both coming up in August.
In multi-sport news, perennial off-road powerhouse Josiah Middaugh (USA) raced to a convincing win in the XTERRA East Championship fueled in part by a pro field-best bike split aboard his Edict FRD. His winning time of 2:24.53 was almost 4 minutes of his nearest competitor, Braden Currie of New Zealand.
Last but certainly not least, Tim Reed (AUS)–who has been on a hot streak all year–overcame some untimely mechanical issues raced to a quality 3rd in Ironman 70.3 Cairns just behind Sam Appleton and Craig Alexander. If our calculations are correct, Tim–who rides and races the IA–has finished no worse than third all year.