Monday, May 7, 2012

Team Title for Mountain Khakis/Smart-Stop

After a grueling week of high speed crit racing Team Mountain Khakis/Smart-Stop emerged victorious, taking the overall team title at the USA Crits Speedweek Series. This was no small feat, as this series attracted the very best criterium riders in the nation. TMK/SS came out strong, winning the first two races outright, with Luke Keough sprinting to victory in Athens and Ben Zawacki kicking hard from a late race breakaway to take the win in Roswell. These stellar early performances set the tone for the rest of the series, and the guys consistently fought their way to the pointy end of the race and found themselves on the podium and peppering the top ten.

The race for the team title was shaping up to be a titanic battle between Team Mountain Khakis/Smart-Stop and Team Exergy. It all came down to the final race, the Sandy Springs Criterium, where TMK/SS dug deep into the suitcase of courage, pulled on their big boy pants, and slammed three riders into the top twelve. When the dust settled and the points were tallied TMK/SS had taken the team title by ONE POINT!!! Holy smokes, that was close!

That victory is a testament to the amazing team spirit that drives Mountain Khakis/Smart-Stop in everything they do. Cycling is very much a team sport, and while it's usually a single rider standing atop the podium he couldn't be there without the support of the whole squad. That's why it's so, so sweet for the guys to earn the team title at Speedweek. It's a great honor and an important recognition of the hard work and sacrifice that every individual makes which allows the team as a whole to be successful.

Congratulations to you guys, from everyone here at Williams. We're proud to work with such a committed team, and we're proud to know that our components can stand up to the punishment dished out in the fastest racing in America. Keep on kicking butt, guys!