Hawk Relay Cycling Team, a International Cycling Union (UCI) professional Track trade team based in Los Angeles, California which includes 2-time World Pursuit Champion Sarah Hammer, 2-time US Olympian Adam Duvendeck, and Canadian National Champion Travis Smith, have partnered with Felt Bicycles for the 2009 season.
"I basically told Felt Bicycles we wanted to be associated with the best technological partners in the world and Felt Bicycles is at the top when it comes to producing world-class track frames," said Robin Horwitz, Team Director and owner. "Their work with Sarah and other elite athletes over the last couple of years is well documented and I'm very excited about this partnership. I believe this relationship is going to give our team every advantage."
The Hawk Relay Cycling Team will be using the Felt TK1, which was developed in part at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel. The Felt TK1 is the same bike used by 2008 US Olympians Hammer, Taylor Phinney, Michael Blatchford and Mike Friedman in Beijing. The TK1 frame is currently available as an after-market product.
"When Sarah and her coach Andy (Sparks) told us she was moving to Hawk Relay and that there was an opportunity to be associated with the whole team, it instantly became interesting." says Doug Martin, Felt's Marketing Director. "After a two-hour meeting with Robin it was clear he has the talent, desire and passion to make it all go. We are thrilled to have Adam and Travis on our bikes and listed as Felt athletes."
2009 Hawk Relay Cycling Team roster: Team director: Robin Horwitz. Riders: Sarah Hammer, Adam Duvendeck, and Travis Smith. Sponsors: Hawk Relay, Felt Bicycles, Giro Helmets, Zoot, Quarq Powermeters, SportsMX, ThresholdPower Sports Agency, The Shopoff Group, and P3.
Also see Sarah Hammer's Hawk Relay diary.