Felt News

JULY 2012

London -- The 2012 London Olympics are underway this weekend, and 15 athletes from around the world are counting on Felt bicycles to give them an edge on the competition. Felt will be represented in most of the Olympic cycling disciplines, including road, time trial, track and triathlon events.

The Olympic cycling competition starts off with a bang, the men’s Olympic road race on Saturday, July 28. Less than a week after the finish of the Tour de France in Paris, the world’s best pro road racers will compete in the streets of London on the opening day of the Games.
Representing Felt in the men’s Olympic road race, a 250km circuit race that UCI President Pat McQuaid said could draw close to a million spectators, is...
Oregon --  Exergy-TWENTY12 rider Kristin Armstrong built up some terrific momentum ahead of her run at the London Olympics, winning three consecutive stages at the July 17-22 Cascade Cycling Classic. Armstrong won the two time trial stages and a road stage before packing it in to prepare for her trip to London.

Armstrong, who suffered a broken collarbone in late May, proved that she’s back on track in her attempt to defend her gold medal in the Olympic time trial event. In her first race back after the injury, she won the opening 4.5km prologue on her Felt DA and then repeated her domination in the next day’s road race. In a show of strength, Armstrong bridged up to a breakaway group, then attacked on her own to win the hilly 123km McKenzie Pass Road Race. Her teammate Andrea Dvorak joined her on the podium (pictured) with a third-place finish.
Argos-Shimano rider Patrick Gretsch finished off his Tour de France on a high note, scoring an impressive 6th-place finish in the Stage 19 time trial, a tough 53.5km race from Bonneval to Chartres.
The 25-year-old German clocked a time of 1:04.13 on the mostly flat route, taking over the leader’s hot seat for nearly two hours before eventually finishing 1:16 down to eventual Tour winner Bradley Wiggins.
Bend, Oregon -- Exergy TWENTY12 rider Kristin Armstrong got off to a strong start in the 33rd Cascade Cycling Classic, winning Tuesday’s 4.5km prologue on her Felt DA. In her first race back after she suffered a broken collarbone in late May, Armstrong sent a clear signal that she’s on track for her goal of defending the gold medal at the upcoming London Olympics.

The six-day Cascade Classic, which takes riders through the mountains of central Oregon, got started on a hilly 4.5km prologue course. Armstrong’s time of 5:24 put her in a league of her own against the competition. Alison Powers finished second, and Armstrong’s teammate, Jackie Crowell, was third.
Kraków, Poland -- Argos-Shimano rider John Degenkolb sprinted to victory at Monday’s final stage of the Tour of Poland. The 23-year-old German blasted past Sky sprinters Matthew Hayman and Ben Swift to take a dramatic victory during a rainstorm in Kraków.

Degenkolb’s Argos-Shimano team helped chase down a breakaway in the mostly flat 131km stage, the final day in the seven-day UCI WorldTour event. The 12-man break gained a maximum lead of more than three minutes but were reeled in just 3km from the finish. The rain made for a hectic finale, but Degenkolb powered to the line on his Felt F1 team bike.
Boise, Idaho -- Kristin McGrath of the Exergy TWENTY12 team delivered a big win in front of the sponsor's hometown crowd Saturday night, sprinting to a victory at the Exergy Twilight Criterium in Boise. McGrath was joined on the podium by teammate Theresa Cliff-Ryan in third.

Plan A for the Felt-sponsored Exergy TWENTY12 team was to set up its sprinter Cliff-Ryan for the win. McGrath covered an early move for the team, ending up in a four-rider breakaway with Megan Guarnier, Emily Collins and Olivia Dillon.
San Rafael, California - Alison Tetrick and Kaitie Antonneau of the ExergyTWENTY12 team lit up the San Rafael Twilight Criterium Saturday, finishing first and third in the circuit race held in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.

With a successful track record at San Rafael, the team took the start with high hopes. The large crowd was treated to plenty of attacks in the 70-minute race. At 11 laps to go Antonneau crashed on her side, suffering significant road rash in the fall. Showing her toughness, Antonneau got back into the race, rejoining the pack a lap later.