This is what happens when too much time passes between blog posts coupled with teams and athletes that are firing on all cylinders. Suffice to say, it has been a prolific last few weeks for our pros…
Beginning with last weekend’s PanAm Championships, it was Carmen Small (above) who, after a recent and unfortunate high-speed motor pacing crash, rose to the occasion to take gold in the TT aboard her DA1 with Bayonet 4 steering system. Not only was this a big stand-alone win for Carmen, it automatically qualified her for a start spot in this year’s UCI Road Cycling World Championships. At the same time, Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air teammates made their presence felt at the Women’s Amgen Tour of California by propelling Lauren Komanski to third overall (at just 6 seconds from the winner) and taking the top team prize.
The weekend prior was the USA Criterium and first-ever TTT National Championships. Hincapie Racing (above) made the TTT event a priority since the beginning of the year. Their focus and effort was rewarded when they out-raced the best in country, including team SmartStop and Optum, to grab victory. Their teamwork, strength and trust were the perfect match for their DA1’s and each of the six members is now is the proud owner of a stars-n-stripes jersey.
At the same time, Daniel Holloway (above) of Alto Velo/SeaSucker was busy collecting wins 7, 8, 9 and 10 for 2015. He blistered through the famed East Coast Speedweek, winning a remarkable four out of five events entered, including the prestigious Athens Twilight Criterium for the second straight year. With 22 wins in 2014 and already on pace to rival that this year, Daniel and his AR1 are the undisputed US crit power couple.
Leading up to Speedweek, Holloway grabbed win no. 6 when he won on the final day of the Sea Otter Classic, a one-hour circuit race that played right into his deft track riding skills, which he played like something that resembled a classic indoor Points Race. Later that same day, Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air’s Amber Gaffney, behind what has become this program’s trademark teamwork, grabbed the pro women’s version of the same circuit race.
In the last of road racing news, all four of Felt’s teams were in attendance at the US mainstay Redlands Classic and each performed beautifully. In addition to strong, animated racing for each of the five days, the signature moment had to be when Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air’s Alison Jackson (above)–a first year pro–won the opening road race aboard her ZW in an uphill sprint. The following day Allie Dragoo put together a big-time TT to move into 3rd overall and the team did everything necessary to keep her on the podium until the end.
Last but certainly not least, Felt’s multi-sport athletes have been on a tear all year. Reigning Ironman 70.3 World Champion Daniela Ryf (above) has collected two major wins in the last three weeks, most recently at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca and prior to that at Challenge Bahrain. By our calculations, other than her second-place to to our own Mirinda Carfrae in Kona last October, Daniela has won every race she has entered going back to last Aug. Wow.
Also in play are Tim Reed who is having his best-ever year, and who grabbed a big 2nd place–including the fastest bike spilt–in Ironman 70.3 Vietnam last weekend, along with fellow Felt athlete Josh Amberger who nabbed 5th. Finally, Emma-Kate Lidbury showed her form is back on and she raced to a quality 3rd in Ironman 70.3 Texas, just in front of Kelly Williamson in 4th. All Felt triathlete’s ride the Felt IA.