Felt News

MARCH 2011

3/25/2011
Apeldoorn, Netherlands – Sarah Hammer will again wear the Rainbow Jersey in 2011 after taking the Individual Pursuit World Championship in dramatic fashion.  Hammer, the defending Individual Pursuit World Champion, took her second medal of the 2011 Championships after leading the Team Pursuit to a Silver yesterday.  The win is Hammer’s fourth Individual Pursuit World Championship.
 
Hammer looked strong in the qualifying round, motoring to a 3:33.52.  The time was the fastest in qualification, besting 2009 New Zealand’s Alison Shanks by .27 seconds.  With Hammer and Shanks in the Gold Medal round, the stage was set for a battle between two Pursuit World Champions. 
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3/23/2011
Nobody can stop the young Australian rider Paul Van der Ploeg: The rider of Team FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC keeps winning and dominates his rivals at will. 
 
From March 17th to March 20th the Australian Mountainbike National Series final took place in conjunction with the 2011 UCI Oceania Mountain Bike Championships in Shepparton, Australia, and Paul Van der Ploeg turned the event into a festival of his own strength and talent.
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3/23/2011
Shepparton, Australia – Felt Oetztal X-Bionic’s Paul Van der Ploeg once again proved himself at the Australia Mountain Bike National Series, taking the Overall Series Championship in the U23 Cross Country and Elite Short Track with a pair of strong races.  Van der Ploeg secured the Titles with yet another dominating performance in both events.
 
The UCI Oceania Mountain Bike Championships in Shepparton, Australia marked the final event of the Australia Mountain Bike National Series.  Van der Ploeg entered the event with a commanding lead in the U23 XC standings and the Elite Short Track standings. 
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3/18/2011
Irvine, CA – Felt Bicycles is pleased to announce that it will sponsor cyclocross and mountain bike star Ryan Trebon for the 2011 season.  Felt will supply the four-time American National champion for both his cyclocross and mountain bike campaigns beginning with Sea Otter next month  
 
“I am thrilled to be with Felt this year, and can’t wait for the race season to begin,” said Trebon.  “Felt was the perfect choice for me because of its technological approach to bike design and racing pedigree.  I am already working with Felt’s engineers to fine tune my bikes for 2011, and we are all excited about the results.”
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3/16/2011

Portland, Oregon - Felt Bicycles is pleased to announce the formation of Project London, an elite track cycling team, inspired, created and managed by Rubicon Cycling, LCC. Rubicon Cycling will carry on the mission of benefiting the LiveSTRONG organization while pursuing the development of young cyclists into champion professional athletes, fulfilling their dream of representing the United States of America in the Olympic Games.

 
Athletes will compete in a multitude of events across the United States as a trade team and will also vie for slots on the USA National Team in international competition in the UCI World Cup, UCI World Championships, and the Olympic Games.  The team will compete aboard Felt TK1 track bikes.  

 

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3/16/2011

Portland, Oregon - Felt Bicycles is pleased to be a partner of Project London, an elite track cycling team, inspired, created and managed by Rubicon Cycling, LCC. Rubicon Cycling will carry on the mission of benefiting the LiveSTRONG organization while pursuing the development of young cyclists into champion professional athletes, fulfilling their dream of representing the United States of America in the Olympic Games.

 
Athletes will compete in a multitude of events across the United States as a trade team and will also vie for slots on the USA National Team in international competition in the UCI World Cup, UCI World Championships, and the Olympic Games.  The team will compete aboard Felt TK1 track bikes.  

 

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3/9/2011
Irvine, CA – Felt Bicycles is proud to announce the UCI’s official authorization of the Felt DA Time Trial/Triathlon frameset for UCI races.  The UCI’s new frame authorization process guarantees the DA frameset to be UCI legal and will be documented on each frame with the UCI’s new seal of race-legal approval. Graphic incorporation of the new UCI seal will be a running change and customers can expect to see these on DA’s later in the year.
 
“The official certification of the 2011 DA TT/Tri frame under the new UCI qualification process once again demonstrates Felt Bicycles’ continued dedication to building the world’s fastest UCI legal bikes,” said Felt director of engineering, Jeff Soucek.  “We are pleased to be one of the first manufacturers granted the new approval and we look forward to supplying our athletes and customers with the DA frameset.”  
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3/7/2011
Amathous, Cyprus – Felt Oetztal X-Bionic once again showed its strength at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, with Karl Markt and Blaza Klemencic securing the overall series win on a pair of strong performances.   The two have produced fantastic results over the three week competition, and appear to be in good form heading into World Cup season.
 
In the Men’s race, Markt had essentially wrapped up the Orange Jersey with his wins over the past two weekends.  He was looking to stay with the front riders as much as possible to honor the Orange Jersey, but was not required to cover any moves.  U23 rider and X-Bionic teammate Thomas Litscher was looking for the win, and went on the attack at the first lap.  
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3/6/2011
Taupo, New Zealand – Felt triathletes Mirinda Carfrae and Terenzo Bozzone both claimed second place at Ironman New Zealand this weekend.  New Zealand was the first Ironman distance race of the year for Carfrae and Bozzone, and the course proved to be challenging with rainy conditions plaguing the competitors all day.  
 
Defending IronmanWorld Champion Carfrae started the race well, getting to T1 with the leaders. However, bad luck bit Carfrae on the bike where she suffered two flats costing her over ten minutes. Leaving T2, the young Australian was 23 minutes down on the leader.  On the run, Carfrae demonstrated the resolve of a World Champion, pulling back fellow pre-race favorite Joanna Lawn with only a few kilometers remaining and securing second place.
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