The 2014 race season is more than halfway completed and Felt athletes continue to make race headlines.
Tour of Utah
The Hincapie Development team started their season with the overall victory with Joey Rosskopf at the Redlands Classic stage race. This was just the beginning for the Greenville, South Carolina based squad.
The Hincapie Devlopment team showed great form at the Cascade Classic in Oregon. With podium finishes from Joe Lewis, Toms Skujins, Ty Magner, Dion Smith, and Rosskpf, the squad won the overall team classification. Next race on the calendar was Tour of Utah.
The Tour of Utah is called America’s toughest stage race. With seven stages, for a total combined elevation gain of 64,435 feet, it deserves that nickname.
In stage 2 Rosskopf was part of a two man break, impressively staying away over two mountain passes until he was caught by the peloton just before the finish.
On stage 6, the Queen Stage of the Tour of Utah, Rosskopf, aboard his lightweight FC, was again part of a break that was whittled down to himself and former world champion and Tour de France winner Cadel Evans. In the sprint for the line Evans beat Joey for the win. However, his second place on the day impressed many, including the former Tour champion.
All of Joey’s efforts did not go unrewarded as he won the King of the Mountain competition with teammate Robin Carpenter in second place. Dion Smith finished in third place in the Best Young Rider contest, and Chris Butler finished the highest of the team on the final general classification in 12th place overall.
Coming up next is the USA Pro Challenge stage race in Colorado. With their results in Utah, the Hincapie squad will have a huge bullseye on their back.
Triathlon and Xterra
Felt’s triathletes continue to rack up the podium places around the globe.
Daniela Ryf continues to post wins in the victory column. The Swiss rider took the victory in the 5i50 European Championship. A day later she won again, this time at the 70.3 Ironman in Switzerland, setting the fastest bike split of the day. There was talk that perhaps she might not recover from her wins in time to defend her 2014 Ironman 70.3 European Championships title.
However, aboard her IA, Ryf won the Ironman 70.3 European Championships for a second time, setting a new course record.
Attacking on the bike portion of the race, Ryf used the superior aerodynamics of the bike to leave the competition behind, smashing the course record by over five minutes.
With her next race the Ironman 70.3 in Quebec, Canada, Ryf must be considered one of the favorites.
After winning the XTERRA Mountain Championship in Beaver Creek, Colorado, setting the fastest time in the bike portion, Josiah Middaugh headed to Europe for the Czech Championship in Prachatice. Choosing his Nine 1 hardtail, Middaugh took a big second place against some of the strongest Xterra racers in the world. Next for Middaugh is the ITU Cross Tri World Championship in Germany where he is looking to go one step higher on the podium.