The Kenda/Felt Mountain Bike Team returns for 2013 with two veterans, one new addition and some exciting new endeavors. Kenda/Felt Team athletes will be competing in mountain bike events ranging from XC to 100-milers, Short Track to Stage Races, Eliminators to Enduros.
“Kenda is extremely proud to be able to continue the relationship we have had with the team as it has continued to evolve into one of the best domestic professional mountain bike teams in the United States,” said Ben Anderson, North American Marketing Manager and Director of Product Development at Kenda USA. “We are excited to see Colin Cares and Drew Edsall back this year, and are looking forward to great things from Mitchell Hoke as he becomes a Kenda athlete.”
“As a manufacturer, a relationship with a team like Kenda/Felt allows us to develop product that is put through the rigors of racing from the World Cup level to the premier Ultra Endurance events and everything in between,” said Anderson.
Kenda/Felt Team athletes will compete on the new 2013 Felt NINE hardtail frames, Edict NINE LTD 100mm dual suspension frames, and for Enduro events the new Compulsion LT 1, Felt’s 160mm travel frame.
Longtime Kenda rider Colin Cares will return for continued success in the US Pro XCT Series as well as compete in selected European World Cups. In 2012 Colin led the Pro XCT Series for most of the year before ending the season in fourth place, behind three US Olympians. Colin represented Team USA at the UCI World Championships, his sixth trip to Worlds for Team USA. Colin, a former U-23 US National Champion, lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Drew Edsall returns for his second year with the Kenda/Felt Team. Drew will continue his emphasis on National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series races, as well as the Trans-Sylvania Epic stage race, events in which he found success in 2012. Drew also conducted youth and adult clinics for the Kenda/Felt Team. The Fort Myers, Florida, resident will continue to provide new mountain bike riders with access to his years of coaching and racing knowledge in 2013.
Mitchell Hoke will be joining the Kenda/Felt Team for 2013. Last year Mitch wrapped up the XC season on Team USA at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. Mitch will pursue a full domestic XC season and showcase the abilities of the new Felt Compulsion LT 1 in the fast-growing world of Enduro events. Mitch lives in Boulder, Colorado.
“It is very rewarding to know Felt helped put the Kenda/Felt Team racers on podiums in events from XC to 100-milers in 2012 and we look forward to even more in 2013,” said Doug Martin, Sports Marketing Director of Felt Bicycles. “With the return of both Colin and Drew, plus the exciting addition of Mitchell, we feel the team is poised to move to a new level. Felt has always hung its hat on racing and we are truly privileged to be associated with this program.”
Kenda Tire celebrated its 50th year in 2012. Kenda Tire is one of the world’s leading bicycle tire manufacturers with more than 10,000 employees globally in offices in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and the United States. Kenda will soon be opening a European office.
The Kenda/Felt Team is excited to be racing on the best in off-road cycling including Shimano and Pro components, SR Suntour suspension and NoTubes wheels. Contact points include Xpedo pedals, Velo saddles and grips, and Mavic shoes and gloves. Stages Cycling will provide their new Stage Power meter. Custom team clothing is produced by Voler, helmets and glasses come from Rudy Project and Hammer Nutrition covers racing and training fuel needs. Other Kenda/Felt Team partners include Feedback Sports work stands, Inno racks, Kinetic trainers, Genuine Innovation inflation products and Dumonde Tech lubes and cleaners.