ENVE Racing News, More Wins for the Smart ENVE Wheelset
It was another great weekend for Smart ENVE System athletes with a UCI Stage win for Endura Racing on stage 2 of the Czech Cycling Tour and Gold and Silver medals in the National team Time Trial Championships for team Drag2Zero.
Australian Zak Dempster won the second
stage of the Czech Cycing Tour (UCI 2.2) yesterday, outsprinting his
breakaway companions on the uphill finish in Prostějov to put the
disappointment of the team's second place finish in Thursday's opening Team
Time Trial behind them.
Rene Mandri made the first break of the day, a
fifteen strong move that gained over two minutes at one point before being
caught by the peloton as the roads turned upwards. Zak Dempster was amongst
a group of ten riders who broke clear in the second half of the 147km stage
and they worked well together, quickly building up a lead of four minutes.
The bunch behind tried to close the move down, halving the lead over the
next 20km, but the break prevailed and as they reached the steady climb up
to the line, Zak put the power down to emerge from the group as stage winner
and moved up to third on GC.
The Czech Cycling Tour continues with a 195km
stage between Jeseník to šternberk on Saturday before Sunday's final stage
which starts and finishes in Olomouc on Sunday.
I'm over the
moon to get the win today. I've been fighting and fighting all year for it
and I really feel I've been close a few times in UCI races. The whole team
did a great job again today and everyone is always a part of it whenever any
of us wins. Tomorrow should definitely be interesting.
Alex Sans Vega
This is an important win for us. First, because the
guys were disappointed after the second place in the Team Time Trial
yesterday, which we had a great chance of winning. Secondly, for Zak himself
- he's in a great shape at the moment and after his recent performances and
wins at the Tour Series, he was committed for an UCI win. This win give us
more confidence as a team and boost to Zak for the rest of the race.
Meanwhile closer to home, the Drag2Zero team also racing on Smart ENVE System wheels had a dominating weekend at the British National Time Trial Championships:
Drag2zero.com put in dominating performance it the British National team trial championships!
Saturday afternoon Drag2zero.com sent two teams to the British National team trial championships, Team "A" consisted of Matthew Bottrill,Mark Holton & Charles Mcculloch and team "B" which consisted of Scott Povey, Jon Simpkins and Jeff Jones. The team's came with one mission to put in the fastest performance possible, with all riders having been set up like formula 1 race cars, from there team sponsor Simon Smart owner of Drag2zero.com, there could be no excuses on the day!!
Covering 2 laps of a 35mile circuit, starting in Preston Candover, North Hampshire, the circuit would provided a fix of undulating climbs, twisting lanes and fast descent, full concentration would be needed to take the Victory. First to leave the starting area for was Povey, Simpkins, and team captain Jones, with High Wycombe cc holding the fastest first lap, 37.02. The drag2zero.com team overhauled this with 36.31, one more lap and they stop the clock at 1.15.32 to take the lead by 48 seconds from High Wycombe cc. Artic Sram Rt where the next to Finish in a time of 1.15.45. With two podium places filled, it was up to Drag2zero.com Bottrill,Holton & Mcculloch to decide the outcome of the silverware!
Leaving the starting area at 3.57pm, lead away by Mcculloch, Holton and Bottrill, the riders where soon into there stride and thundering down the road like lightning, on there Giant bikes and Enve wheels. On the first lap the team where on fire and riding through the stiff westerly wind . Coming into the finish area on the first lap, the news was good! Team helper Pete Lavine, gave the thumps up and a time of 1minute up to lead the race. With the team on the rivet, all they had to do was keep up right and the keep the power going, putting there full knowledge of aerodynamics into play, the team stopped the clock in 1.13.59 for Victory!
Asked about the teams performance Matt Bottrill explained " Yes we are pretty pleased with today's result, are team sponsor Simon Smart and Natalie Atkins, have done a great job in getting the team into shape for this event, making sure every rider had the optimal position to perform and the clothing to match. So much helps has gone into making this possible, from are sponsors Enve,Giant, Zip-vit, smart aero, Bont, Ultimate ceramic bearings & Mg Decor, and this is a great way of saying thanks to all of them. The ride on the road went really well, I was a little over keen at time's, but Charles played a good captains role and basically just told us what to do"
A great result for the team and another set of National medals to add to there growing collection. Check in next week, the team will be tacking the National 100 championship.