Felt News


Macheras, Cyprus – Felt Oetztal X-Bionic rider Karl Markt was victorious at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2 over the weekend, taking the overall win in the three stage event.  Markt also won the Cyprus World Cup #1 the week prior.  Fellow X-Bionic rider Blaza Klemencic took second place overall in the Women’s General Classification.
The Sunshine Cup #2 consisted of three races, a short time trial, a point to point race, and a traditional XC circuit race.  Markt completed the time trial on Day One in 16:34, just one second away from first place.  The point to point race on Day Two proved to be the decisive race, and Markt rose to the challenge.  Markt and one other rider escaped on a long single track section 9km from the finish, and had a twenty second lead at the summit.  
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Adelaide, Australia – Felt Oetztal X-Bionic rider Paul Van der Ploeg continued his strong mountain bike season in his native Australia, taking the U23 XC national championship.  Van der Ploeg is showing good form prior to World Cup season after overcoming a patellar injury last season.
Van der Ploeg has scored several prominent wins in the past few months, in the Australian Mountain Bike Series.  He has consistently been at the front of the field, taking the U23 wins in Short Track and XC in You Yangs, Glenorchy, and Mt Buller.
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Oroklini, Cyprus – Felt Oetztal X-Bionic Rider Karl Markt took the win at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1 on Sunday.    The Austrian took the win with a time of 1:45:39, and finished 20 seconds ahead of second place on the rough course.
The Cyprus Sunshine Cup is an International mountain bike series that kicks off the mountain bike season in Europe.   The course was in excellent condition with sun and warm temperatures.  80 riders started the Men’s Race.
Going into the final lap, Markt was in the lead group that had been whittled to just five riders.  On the first climb, Markt went to the front and pushed the tempo, shedding two of his competitors from the group.  That left just two Rabobank riders and Markt in the lead group.  
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