It was a prolific weekend for Felt athletes across several disciplines and locations and collectively they tallied six big wins including two UCI World Championships. Here is how it played out:
Beginning in Appeldoorn, NED at the UCI Track Para-Cycling World Championships it was two members of Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air, both riding for the USA, who shone through, each collecting a rainbow jersey in the end. Longtime Felt athlete and former XTERRA World Champion Jamie Whitmore (above) rode her TK1 to a very close win in the C3 Women’s 500M TT to take the top spot in 43.842, just a .052 seconds ahead of second place Denise Schindler of Germany. Jamie also grabbed silver in the 3K Individual Pursuit and Scratch race of the same.
In the C4-5 Scratch race, Greta Neimanas (headline and above) put together the consummate biker racer’s race as she stayed patient through it all and in the waning moments stole a lap to take a very hard-fought and savvy victory. Like Jamie, Greta also races the TK1.
In southern California, the road race season kicked off in earnest at the 3-day San Dimas Stage Race. With most of the top US talent in tow, the opening ITT was won by Emerson Oronte (above) of Alto Velo/Seasucker who, aboard his F1, bested the 155 man field to take the uphill affair a full 11 seconds clear of his nearest competitor. On day 2, it was Hincapie Racing’s time to shine as Robin Carpenter (below) gapped what was left of the road race group at the end to take the stage win standing up. Oronte finished with the main bunch and held on to the overall lead. Going into Sunday’s criterium it was all about keeping things intact and after some smart, careful racing Oronte finished in the field and took the GC for his and the team’s first major of 2015.
In the women’s race, emerging talent Allie Dragoo (below) of Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air chalked up a great three days as she took third in the opening ITT and, behind the help of her young, hard-working teammates, hung on to that overall place all the way to the finish.
In other Hincapie Racing news, the team was in full force at the prestigious Sunny King Criterium and though their precision-like teamwork, put Ty Magner in a perfect position to take the win, coming around Luke Keough at the line. The race featured a stacked field and Hinacpie’s aggressive riding throughout put the onus on all of the other teams o have to chase, leaving Ty in an ideal position to be able to finish as only he can. Ty and the rest of Hincapie Racing ride the F1.
Next up for Felt teams are the US MTB Cup in Bonelli Park on April 11-2 and the Redland’s Classic on Apr 8-12.