The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic was another successful race for Felt sponsored teams. The TWENTY16 Pro Cycling Team, aboard their Felt FC bikes, won the Queen of the Mountain award and the sprint competition, highlighting the quality of their machines: stiff for the sprints, yet light for the climbs. The Hincapie Sportswear Development team stood on the podium in addition to winning both the King of the Mountain and the sprint competitions.
The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic was contested on a 11.4 kilometer circuit. The pro men raced 15 laps for a total of 170 kilometers and the elite women did eight laps for a distance of 91 kilometers.
In the women’s race TWENTY16’s Alison Tetrick attacked on the second lap. She stayed away until about two and a half laps until she was caught by the peloton. While she was solo Alison earned enough points to win both the KOM and the sprint competition.
“Our team just wanted to race hard and show Winston-Salem a little bit about women’s cycling,” Tetrick said. “Sometimes you can’t plan for bike racing, when the moment’s right you just go for it. It was pretty early, but it was a beautiful course and a lot of fun to ride. I definitely enjoyed that time. I think this is my first solidified Queen of the Mountains jersey of my career. I won a sprint jersey on Ronde van Drenthe, so now this is my second of those.”
Teammate Lex Albrecht finished in a solid sixth place.
In the men’s elite race the Hincapie Development squad was aggressive throughout the whole day. There wasn’t a breakaway that didn’t include a Felt FC.
Oscar Clarke was part of a three man escape group that was reduced to just himself and David Cueli (UnitedHealthcare of GA presented by The 706 Project). The duo was off the front for several laps allowing Oscar’s Devo teammates to follow moves or wait to counterattack if necessary.
With less than three laps remaining of the 11 kilometer course, they were absorbed by the chasing peloton.
On the final climb of the day and with just a kilometer remaining in the race, Travis McCabe (Team SmartStop Pro Cycling) attacked. Digging deep, Joe Lewis tried to bridge to McCabe, but was unable to catch him, finishing in second place.
“With the finish soon after the top of the final climb I wasn’t able to close the gap and had to be content with second,” said Joe.
Continuing he described the race as, “Basically super hard, with 10,000 feet of climbing. It was always going to be a race of attrition, but the nature of the course suited a classics style rider rather than a climber.”
Once again the Felt FC received high marks from the team.
“The twisty course suited our stiff and responsive Felt FC’s,” explained Joe. “With a race that was constantly up, down, left and right I couldn’t have had a better bike for the job.”
Lewis’ strong effort earned him the victory in the King of the Mountains competition and his teammate Alexander Ray won the sprint competition. Ty Magner finished in fifth place just five seconds behind the winner.
The following day the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic races continued with the criterium. Held in downtown Winston-Salem, the “P” shaped course provided exciting racing.
A three man break escaped early and Brecht Dhaene managed to hold off the charging peloton to take the win. Sprinting out of the pack on his Felt AR was Athlete Octane Cycling’s Daniel Holloway, taking third place. Hincapie Sportswear Devo rider Alexander Ray finished in seventh place.
After the race Daniel said, “We got awfully close. He didn’t win it by much. We were hot on his heels.”