Felt News

JUNE 2012


Sturgis, South Dakota- Drew Edsall of the Kenda-Felt team chalked up another 100 miler win this past weekend at the Tatanka 100 in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Edsall rode his Nine LTD to a finish with an 18 minute gap between himself and the second place finisher.

The Argos-Shimano team announced its lineup for the 2012 Tour de France today, with a solid squad built around world-class sprinter Marcel Kittel. The 24-year-old German already has seven wins this year on his Felt F1, and he’s not shy about his ambitions in his first-ever Tour de France.

“I’m going to France to challenge [Mark] Cavendish,” Kittel told Cyclingnews.com, referring to the current world champion from Great Britain. “I’m looking forward to fighting against him. He is currently the best sprinter in the world.”
Wellston, MichiganAmanda Carey of the Kenda-Felt team extended her win streak in the National Ultra Endurance Series, scoring a big win in Sunday’s Lumberjack 100 by a crushing margin of more than 28 minutes.

Carey said she crashed just 30 minutes into the 100-mile race that climbs nearly 10,000 feet and had to recover quickly. “I hit a patch of really slick dry leaves,” she said.
The Netherlands - German sprinter Marcel Kittel of the Argos-Shimano team put on a dazzling display of finishing speed at the June 14-17 Ster-ZLM Toer stage race in The Netherlands, winning two of four stages against some of the world’s best sprinters.
Kittel showed great form a few weeks before the start of his big goal for the season, the Tour de France. Aided by strong teamwork from his Argos-Shimano squad, he powered his Felt F1 team bike to wins in Stage 1 and Stage 4.
Wisconsin -- It was a successful week of racing in the U.S. for Felt-sponsored riders at the June 13-17 Nature Valley Grand Prix. Between the Exergy men’s team and the Exergy 2012 women’s team, riders took several stage wins and a GC podium.

The five-day Nature Valley Grand Prix stage race, part of USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar, was held throughout central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Switzerland - After undergoing surgery in May, Thomas Litscher (pictured) of the Felt Ötztal X-Bionic Team showed that he’s back in peak form with a strong ride at last weekend’s Swiss Cup event in Gränichen.

A week after Litscher won a stage at Trans Germany stage race, the Under-23 world champion rode in the lead group with most of the top World Cup contenders in Switzerland, looking strong until he was slowed by technical problems late in the race.
Québec, Canada - Matthew Cooke of the Exergy team won the queen stage of the June 12-17 Tour de Beauce stage race in Quebec, Canada, soloing to an impressive victory atop Mont-Mégantic on Stage 3.

Cooke rode a strong, savvy race on the third stage of Canada’s biggest stage race, putting himself in a lead group that was whittled down from 25 to just eight riders with 3km to go in the 164km race from St. Georges to Mont-Mégantic.

Austria - Daniela Ryf of Switzerland won Sunday’s 5i50 triathlon in Klagenfurt, Austria, edging out Brit Liz Blatchford by less than a minute. Ryf, a 2008 Olympian, blitzed the bike split, turning in the fastest time of the day, 1:07 over 40 kilometers. 

Ryf came out of the water in eighth position, 1:05 behind race-leader Blatchford, but the 25-year-old made up ground quickly on her Felt DA bike. Ryf’s dominating ride put her ahead by 1:35 going into the 10km run, and she held her lead to the line, beating Blatchford by 46 seconds. 


Hood River, Oregon - Exergy Twenty12 rider Rhae Shaw dominated the three-day Mt. Hood Cycling Classic in Oregon over the weekend, winning three of four stages and taking home the overall title at the 10th running of the national-level U.S event. Shaw’s teammate Alison Tetrick finished third, giving the team two podium finishers at the end of a challenging three days of racing. 

Shaw and Tetrick got off to a strong start, finishing first and second respectively in the 138.5km Columbia Hills Road Race on day one. The duo escaped on their Felt F1 road bikes and gained a gap of over two minutes on third-place finisher, mountain biker Kelli Emmett. 


Loudonville, Ohio — Amanda Carey of the Kenda-Felt team continued her dominance of the American XC marathon circuit with another win at the Mohican 100 in Ohio. With a record 600-plus entrants in the 10th running of this Midwest classic, Carey was in a league of her own among the women.

Racing in slightly wet, nearly ideal course conditions, Carey was the only woman to break the eight-hour mark, clocking a time of 7:42 on her Felt Nine and beating her nearest competitor by 44 minutes.