- Colin Cares
- Amanda Carey
- Judy Freeman
- Andy Schultz
The Kenda-Felt team's four athletes—Colin Cares, Amanda Carey, Judy Freeman and Andy Schultz— compete in a variety of national and international cross-country and endurance events.
Cares, who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a former Under-23 U.S. National Champion. Carey, of Victor, Idaho, focuses on ultra-endurance racing and finished second at the prestigious Leadville 100 in Colorado in 2007 and 2009 and won over five rounds of the National Ultra Endurance series in 2011. Freeman is having a stellar 2011 season in which she represented the USA at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Switzerland and made multiple visits to the podium.
Schultz and his teammates target the Pro XCT series and other premier off-road events in North America. The team’s diverse roster reflects the broad range of endurance events that make up the current competitive cross-country landscape. From short-track to ultra-endurance races and festivals, Kenda-Felt has a presence.
“Our partnerships with Tour de France road teams as well as top-tier Olympic triathletes and others have helped put Felt bikes at the forefront of people’s minds in those disciplines,” says company namesake Jim Felt. “And for 2011 we've expanded our support in off-road racing, where we have some incredible new products coming to market.” Among those products are the Nine Series bikes, Felt’s 29-inch wheel hardtails, which have gained a major following among endurance racers.
“Felt is on the cutting edge of carbon frame technology and I’m really looking forward to riding the Nine Team bike for most of my races next year,” says Schultz. “The research Felt has done to achieve the optimal geometry for a 29-inch bike, and the use of UHM carbon fiber in the frame, is sure to make it one of the fastest bikes on the race scene.”
In addition to the Nine Series bikes, Kenda-Felt riders compete on the race proven Edict Full Suspension series.
The Kenda-Felt team is owned and managed by Quick Release Racing, Inc., of Ann Arbor Michigan. Kenda USA manufactures a complete line of tire products covering every facet of the sport. Other team sponsors include the Hayes Bicycle Group, which will supply Stroker brakes, Manitou R7 MRD forks and S-Type shocks; Voler team kits; Finish Line lubrication products; and the Joan C. Banfield Foundation of Dexter, Michigan, which will host the team for a number of clinics targeting health and wellness in the school system.