Team Skyline’s end of season form is in impeccable shape. For back to back weekends, the team competed at some of the biggest races in the U.S., winning at the Detroit Cycling Championship, and following it up with a podium at USA Crits Speed Week.
Wolfgang Brandl Wins 2021 Detroit Cycling Championship
The team came together perfectly to set up sprinter Wolfgang Brandl for the win at the 2021 Detroit Cycling Championship. The criterium, part of the U.S. Pro Road Tour, was just one of several stops for the team competing this past week (with athletes racing at the CA State Championships, as well as USA Crits Speed Week in Georgia/South Carolina). Lining up against some of the strongest riders in the U.S., the team had to rely on flawless communication and race know-how to deliver Wolfgang to the pointy end of the field.
Trevor August, Clayton Travis, Wolfgang Brandl, Parker Kyzer, and Jake Castor (above, L-R), raced together to line Wolfgang up for his dominant sprint at the end. It was a heartfelt moment for the team- now in its third year, the win caps off an already fantastic August, with still more races to come. The team is in a great spot- with more and more races together, Skyline is now racing like a well oiled machine, where tacit communication and race-savvy instincts need to be dialed for such a result.
Skyline Places 3rd at USA Crits Spin the District
Carrying the form from Detroit to the south east, the team finished 3rd at USA Crits’s Spin the District race, part of USA Crits Speed Week.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Wolfgang explained. “These guys are my brothers- we all know what has to happen and when it needs to get done, and the racing is flowing so naturally.” Team chemistry is crucial for continued success, and we could not be happier to see our riders race so selflessly.
Heartbreak at the 2021 CA Road Championships
Over on the west coast, Andrew Scott represented Skyline at the NCNCA Road Race Championships. The 90 mile course was rolling, taking place over 4 laps in San Ardo, CA. Andrew made the early and only break of the day, seperating from the field on the first lap with one other rider, working together to stay away from a loaded field of teams looking to line up their sprinters.
The duo was caught with just one lap to go, having built a gap northward of 2 minutes at one point. With teams dedicated to lining up for a sprint at the end, the field slowly brought the riders back for the sprint finale at the end. Andrew saved matches for the sprint, ending up with 18th in the bunch gallop.
“It was such a heartbreaking conclusion to the race,” Andrew explained. “We were working so well together- at one point, your mind changes from focusing on getting away to focusing on how you go for the win.” Even though the group was brought back, animating the race to that degree did whittle down the peloton, making the last few KMs of the race a fraught and frenetic dash to the line.
Throughout all the racing, it would seem good fortune has followed the team- not one rider experienced flats or mechanicals of any sort. In reality, the team is duly thankful for the reliability of team supporters Campagnolo, Basso, Santini, and Continental, for outfitting the team with equipment that not only exists on the bleeding edge of cycling tech, but is ruthlessly reliable. Grand Prix 5000 tires aren’t only exceptionally fast, but the durability and performance of the tire in a myriad of conditions has undoubtedly allowed the team to maximize the chances they have of racing for a win.