Atomic powered professional athletes had a very successful weekend racing triathlon, track and road. They tallied an impressive ten victories and we had several more on the podium. Here are some highlights from the weekend.
Meredith Kessler was in a terrible accident five weeks ago at the Eagleman 70.3. She was hit head on by an age group athlete and knocked unconscious. She received incredible medical attention and after several weeks off due to the seriousness of her concussion she was given the green light by her physicians to begin training again. This weekend she lined up among a very strong field at the Vineman 70.3. Her race could not have been scripted any better. She grabbed the lead on the swim and executed a perfect race winning the overall in a time of 4:13.18 and defended her 2012 title. Truly an amazing rebound from such a serious injury.
Tim O’Donnell shifted gears and raced the Boulder Peak Olympic distance race and brought home the win. This is just seven weeks after his course record win at IM Brazil. It is quite impressive that he can win at both distances in such a short period of time.
Last weekend Thomas Gerlach doubled up racing Saturday and Sunday. Saturday he managed the final spot of the podium at the Evergreen Triathlon. Sunday he came out swinging at the Pewaukee Lake Tri and brought home the win.
This weekend was the UCI sanctioned US Grand Prix in Colorado Springs. Our athletes took home an impressive six victories. Sprints were first on the schedule for the men and in the 200 meter qualification the three fastest qualifiers were all riding their Atomic coated components and they all broke the magical 10 second barrier. Kevin Mansker lead the way with Bernard Esterhuizen of South Africa a tick slower and Matt Baranowski filling out the top three. Bernard won the tournament with Kevin in second and Matt in fifth. Matt and Kevin teamed up with Nate Koch to win the Team Sprint event. The racing kept going and our athletes kept collecting wins. Bernard went on to win the Kilo while Matt won the Keirin.
Six time world champion and double Olympic silver medalist Sarah Hammer won the Omnium and Points Race followed home by Sofia Arreola in both events. Missy Erickson posted the fastest 200 meter time in the Sprint qualifications and came in fifth in the sprint tournament. More impressive was her second place in the Keirin.
We teamed up with the Kovalev brothers for their American racing debut at the Prairie State Cycling Series. Ivan Kovalev come out strong and won the first criterium of the eight race series.
This was without question an incredible weekend for Atomic athletes; they demonstrated the power of Engineered Speed.