Team KOGA Ladies Season Finale

An intense but successful season draws to a close and the KOGA Ladies of RSF Borken have put together an impressive series of wins and top placings. In the so-called “silly season”, between the end of the Thüringen Rundfahrt and the wheel-Bundesliga finale last weekend in Cottbus, the KOGA Ladies gained another 9 wins and 8 podiums in various circuit races. Wiebke Rodieck and Simona Janke were outstanding in this period, each with 3 wins while Carolin Ship, Yvonne Fiedler and Christina Koep each contributed a victory of their own. With these great results in the bag only Cottbus large wheel-Bundesliga Finale 2015 remained. This double event included an individual time trial over 15 kilometers on Saturday followed by the longest road race in the BL series 127 km away on Sunday. In these final races, the goal was to secure the 2nd place overall team rating as well as the 1st place youth classification for Wiebke Rodieck. An 11th place by Madeleine Ortmüller, 13th by Bianca lust and 17th place by Wiebke Rodieck on Saturday guaranteed a 3rd place in the daily team classification, and tightened the 2nd place overall in the team standings. The next day began the final race of the BL series. Wiebke Rodieck was 2nd overall and finished 3rd on the day while KOGA Ladies Lisa Küllmer and Carolin ship finished 5th and 7th place respectively securing the victory in the team standings. These positive results brought the end of the KOGA Ladies season and locked both the 2nd place in the team standings for the Koga Ladies and the victory for Wiebke Rodieck in the junior standings for Wheel Bundesliga 2015. Twin sister Inga came in 3rd place in the standings. The team management was proud and impressive on this successful season finale.

SpeedTeam Wins in Wanaka

Dubbed the world’s toughest triathlon, Profile Design Speed Team pros Dylan McNeice and Candice Hammond commanded huge wins at Challege Wanaka. McNeice, who also won the 2013 event in his Iron distance debut, became the first male athlete to successfully defend their title in Wanaka’s 7-year history. On the women’s side, Candice Hammond, ended Gina Crawford’s win streak and surged to the win in 9:33:54, nearly 8 minutes in the lead. In a press conference earlier in the week, McNeice set his intentions for the day, “The best athletes usually have one race to call their own. I want to make this my race.” McNeice did just that and led the race from the gun with a 4-minute lead in the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka. "My race was as close to perfect as I have come and a big part of that was because of my gear," he said after the race. "My Profile Design TwentyFour Series wheels were awesome, the 78/58 combo I rode were perfect for the rolling hills, wind, and demanding surface. Looking forward to riding them again soon!’" He also took home the fastest run split of the day, besting the 2nd place finisher by nearly 11 minutes with a final time of 8:38:48. By 100km into the hilly bike course, Candice Hammond closed a 10-minute gap down to 3-minutes. Separated by merely seconds into T2, Hammond gradually gained time over the field. By 15K, Hammond took the lead position, finishing in 9:33:54. With a strong 5:09:56 bike split, Hammond topped the second place finisher by nearly 11 minutes on the bike. Profile Design Speed Team also snagged another strong finish, with Dougal Allan claiming the day's fastest bike split aboard a set of TwentyFour Series wheels.  What products powered Dylan’s repeat win? Click here for a full tour of what powered him to his repeat victory in Wanaka.