Colorado Springs, CO – With critical UCI points on the line and a stacked field of internationals athletes in town, Felt pros came close to sweeping the competition at the US Grand Prix of Sprint which took place at the 7-11 Velodrome in Colorado Springs, CO over the weekend.
In sprint competition, it was an all-Felt affair as Matt Baranowski (USA) won the Keirin in convincing style and, teamed with Kevin Mansker (USA), also took the Team Sprint competition. Both Matt and Kevin have begin separating themselves at the US’s best and this meet further reinforces this. In the Men’s Sprints, it was Performance-United’s Bernard Esterhuizen (RSA) who took the overall just ahead of Mansker. Rounding out the top-3 was last summer’s Olympic Games sprint revelation and follow Felt athlete, Njisane Phillip (TRN). Esterhuizen also took the Men’s Kilometer.
In the endurance events, it was none other than 6x World Champion Sarah Hammer (above) who won both the Pro Women’s Omnium and Points Race. Competing against the likes of US National Champ Cari Higgins and Mexican sensation Sofia Arreloa, both of who raced superbly, Sarah and her rainbow stripes proved to be simply too much.
Last but not least, Felt homegrown and Performance-United’s Jake Duehring (top, in white) chalked up his first win of 2013 as he took top honors in the Men’s Omnium. Jake is a SoCal transplant now living in Colorado and with cumulative rides of 3rd in the Flying 333, 3rd in the 30K Points Race, 2nd in the Elimination Race, 3rd in the 4K Pursuit, 2nd in the Kilo and a victory in the Scratch Race, Jake picked up a big dose of valuable UCI points which he hopes to spend in the upcoming World Cup track season.