Felt News

OCTOBER 2011

10/31/2011
Boulder, Colorado - Felt-sponsored cyclocross racers Ryan Trebon and Caroline Mani powered their way to podium performances on back-to-back UCI events October 29-20 in Boulder, Colorado.

Trebon, the No. 1 ranked man in American ’cross racing, put in a dominating performance to win Saturday’s Colorado Cross Classic. Riding his Felt F1X, he joined a lead group early, then eventually powered away from a strong field including U.S. national champion Todd Wells, American Jamie Driscoll and Belgian Ben Berden.

“It took me a while to find a rhythm, and once I did I was able to get an advantage over Todd and hold it to the finish,” Trebon told Cyclingnews.com after his win.
10/26/2011
Broomfield, Colorado - Amanda Carey of the Kenda-Felt mountain bike team won the third round of the Boulder Cyclocross Series Sunday at Interlocken Park in Broomfield, Colorado.

Carey, who specializes in endurance off-road events throughout the summer months, topped a field of 28 women on her Felt F1X ’cross bike, beating second-place finisher Alison Powers by 12 seconds.
10/24/2011
Kapalua, Maui Felt-sponsored multisport athlete Josiah Middaugh posted a strong top-five finish at the XTERRA World Championships in Maui, Sunday. Middaugh, a 33-year-old from Vail, Colorado, was the top American finisher in fourth, just over two minutes behind Austrian winner Michael Weiss.

Middaugh, who won the XTERRA Mountain Championship earlier this summer in Beaver Creek, Colorado, used his Felt Nine LTD carbon-fiber hardtail to conquer the Kapalua course, which featured a number of power climbs and tricky descents. It was a new course for the field of 675 racers.
10/20/2011
It was the last race of a long Pro MTB season, but also important for next year because the only chance to do the set up on the 2012 Worlds course at Saalfelden/Austria. 
After the Worlds test race everyone was happy at the FELT-ÖTZTAL-X-BIONIC Team: With Blaza Klemencic on 2nd place, only beaten by former World Champion Maja Wloszczowska and Adel Morath on 4th the women Pros showed that they target a Top rank for next year.
10/18/2011
Guadalajara, Mexico — Three American riders from the Felt-sponsored Project London track program scored the silver medal at Monday’s Team Sprint event at the Pan American Games in Mexico. The U.S. squad of Michael Blatchford, Dean Tracy and Jimmy Watkins rode their Felt TK1 bikes to second place behind the team from Venezuela, setting a new U.S. record in the team sprint.

The U.S. team posted a time of 44.036, eclipsing the old record and earning the silver medal.
10/17/2011
Les Herbiers, France Kristin Armstrong of the Peanut Butter & Co. - Twenty12 team finished a close second in the Chrono des Nations Time Trial in France Sunday. Armstrong, the current defending Olympic champion in the time trial, posted a time of 28:07 on her Felt DA TT bike, 9 seconds off the winning mark set by a fellow American rider Amber Neben.

Armstrong returned to the sport earlier this year after taking nearly two years off to start a family. She retired after winning gold at the 2009 TT World Championship. Shortly after the birth of her son in 2010 she announced she would return to competition. Now 38, Armstrong is focused on trying to qualify for next summer’s Olympic Games in London.
10/16/2011
Irvine, California - Felt cyclocross riders Ryan Trebon and Caroline Mani put on a show at the October 15-16 Spooky Cross event, dominating the two-day event with back-to-back wins on Saturday night and Sunday.
 
Saturday’s Spooky Cross UCI C2 cyclocross race was the final race of the 2011 Cross After Dark series. With a crowd gathered under the lights on a pleasant evening at Hidden Valley park, just a few miles from Felt’s U.S. headquarters in Orange County, California, Trebon and Mani swept the pro men’s and women’s races.

Mani, a French national champion who’s currently residing in and racing in the U.S., got off to a fast start and never looked back. She gapped the competition in the first lap and maintained a 10-second lead for most of the race. In the end, she soloed to victory.
10/12/2011
2 weeks after his racing season, Thomas Litscher decided to take on the challenge of the Roc d’Azur Marathon in southern France where he ranked second after Christoph Sauser. 
 
Litscher started off quite well and later, fought his way up the mountain. On the way down the mountain Litscher oversaw a tree trunk and crashed but luckily was not injured and was able to pick up and continue the race.
10/10/2011
Fort Collins, Colorado - Felt-sponsored cyclocross racer Ryan Trebon took control of the U.S. Gran Prix cyclocross series with a commanding performance at the October 8-9 New Belgium Cup double-race weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Trebon showed both strength and skill as he piloted his Felt F1X bike to a victory and a second-place finish in back-to-back races that saw course conditions range from wet and sloppy to dry and fast. On Saturday athletes faced cold, muddy conditions. Trebon got off to a strong start, using his technical skills to chase down early leader Jeremy Powers on the second lap.
10/9/2011
Kona, Hawaii - Felt triathlete Mirinda Carfrae put in an amazing effort at Saturday’s Ironman World Championship race in Kona, Hawaii, finishing second and setting a new record time in her run. In men’s competition Andi Bocherer had a great debut at Kona, finishing eighth on his Felt DA.
 
Carfrae, the defending women’s Ironman champion from Australia, waged an epic battle with Chrissie Wellington. The two former Ironman champions pushed each other, with Wellington eventually taking the win by 2:49. Carfrae’s final time of 8:57:57 was 39 seconds faster than her time from her 2010 win. It also marked the first time in history that two women broke the nine-hour mark.