Felt News

MARCH 2012


Rotterdam, The Netherlands — As of today, the Project 1t4i team has a new name: Team Argos-Shimano. The new sponsor, the Argos North Sea Group, was announced Friday at a presentation in Rotterdam. 

The Pro Continental team, which is also sponsored by Felt, has partnered with Argos in a three-year deal. The new team name, kit and bikes will be unveiled at this weekend’s Tour of Flanders race in Belgium. Felt’s Michael Mullmann attended the new sponsor presentation and expressed Felt’s excitement about working with the team in a long-term partnership. Riding Felt bikes, the team is already off to a successful start in 2012 and has big goals ahead. 


Belgium — Project 1t4i sprinter Marcel Kittel won Stage 2 of the March 27-29 Three Days of De Panne stage race in Belgium. The 23-year-old German had pegged the 216km stage from Zottegem to Koksijde as the one to aim for, and he delivered on his goal, hammering home to the win on his Felt F1 team bike. 

“I was not sure until the last 100 meters if I could still do it,” Kittel told Cyclingnews.com after the win. “Luckily I had really good legs today in the sprint.”


Fontana, California — Drew Edsall of the Kenda-Felt mountain bike team finished second at the third Round of the U.S. Cup MTB Series on Sunday. Edsall, new to the team for 2012, is showing great early season form. 

Edsall’s latest result in Fontana, California, which he scored on his Felt Nine team bike, was the latest in a handful of podium finishes in the last two months. The 30-year-old Florida native also won the March 17 True Grit 50 in St. George, Utah. 


France — The Project 1t4i squad had a busy weekend, highlighted by top-10 finishes and podium placings at major races in Belgium and France. 

The top result of the weekend went to German Simon Geschke (pictured, left), who finished third in the Stage 2 time trial at Critérium International. Geschke rode his Felt DA1 to a podium placing, just 1 second behind stage winner Cadel Evans, in the middle stage of French stage race. Also riding well for Project 1t4i at Critérium International was Frenchman Alex Geniez, who finished second overall in the Young Rider classification. 



Redlands, California — Team Exergy had a strong showing at the March 22-25 Redlands Bicycle Classic in Southern California, with three top-three stage finishes and a run at the GC that was only ended by an untimely flat tire. 

The three-day stage race began with a 5km prologue time trial. Morgan Schmitt came out swinging, finishing third in the stage, which climbed 213 meters to its finish on Sunset Drive. The next day, Stage 1, was for the sprinters, and Fast Freddy Rodriguez rode his Felt F1 to a second-place in a circuit race in the city of Beaumont. 

New Zealand - One week before this year’s opening UCI World Cup in South Africa, Felt ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC pro Paul van Der Ploeg claimed the bronze medal in Oceanic Cross Country MTB Championships at Whakarewarewa Forest, New Zealand.
San Remo, Italy — The Project 1t4i squad racked up another major early-season result Saturday when sprinter John Degenkolb finished an impressive fifth at Milan-San Remo, the season’s longest one-day classic.

Degenkolb, who showed great form at the Paris-Nice stage race earlier this month, made the final selection of elite contenders over the famous Cipressa and Poggio climbs in the final kilometers, then sprinted to fifth on his Felt F1 team bike.
California — Kristin Armstrong of the ExergyTWENTY12 team continued her early-season hot streak, winning another California stage race with superior time trialing form over the weekend. The defending Olympic gold medalist won the March 16-18 San Dimas Stage Race, which included a time trial and two road stages. 

Armstrong, who is targeting early-season time trials in her attempt to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, smashed the field in the opening stage uphill TT on her Felt F1 road bike. She beat second-place finisher Clara Hughes of Canada by 32 seconds in the 6.1km race against the clock, which climbed nearly 1400 feet up Glendora Mountain Road. 

St. George, Utah — The Kenda-Felt mountain bike team had another successful weekend on the trails, with Drew Edsall and Amanda Carey both earning wins at the True Grit endurance off-road races in Utah. 

Facing the challenge of rough desert terrain, rocks, dust and some strong afternoon winds, True Grit racers had the option of 23, 50 or 100 miles. Edsall did the 50-mile race and posted the top time of 3:53. Carey, the only female to complete the 100-miler, took 9:40 to finish her grueling task.

San Dimas, CaliforniaColin Cares of the Kenda-Felt team scored a big early-season result in Southern California over the weekend, finishing second at round 2 of the Pro XCT cross-country series in Bonelli Park, near Los Angeles.

Cares rode his Felt Edict to a podium placing, finishing 20 seconds behind the day’s winner, Ignacio Torres of  Mexico, and more than 30 seconds clear of third-place finisher, Canadian Raphael Gagne.