State Wheels to Join Texas Tri Series as Sponsor
High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, is proud to announce that State Wheels will be the Official Wheel and Neutral Support of the 2017 Texas Tri Series. Participants registered for the Texas Tri Series can expect State Wheels and their experts to be available prior to races for any last-minute adjustments and on-course for any in-race needs
“We’re glad to have State Wheels and their knowledgeable experts at the Texas Tri Series events,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Seeing their tent at an event eases the worries of triathletes with last-minute issues and truly showcases the company’s longstanding commitment to the triathlon community.”
Based in Austin, Texas, State Wheels started out with one simple goal: making fantastic racing wheels. State Wheels uses high-quality, American-made products and builds every wheel by hand. They take their commitment to the triathlon community as seriously as they do the production of every wheel built. Their presence at Texas Tri Series events will put participants at ease knowing the experts at State Wheels will be on hand to assist with any fine pre-race needs.
“Working with High Five Events has been a pivotal piece in the growth of State Wheels,” said Jospeh LaFico, State Wheels founder. “We are more than thrilled to become the Official Wheel and Neutral Support team for the Texas Tri Series as we continually increase our involvement in the Texas triathlon community.”
The Texas Tri Series is a series of five triathlon events that take place in and around the Austin area during the months of May through September. The races range from super sprint to half distance. There are many ways to participate and it is a great event to do along with family, friends, and even your kids. There are five ways to complete the Texas Tri Series: finish with time tracking, sprint course finisher, aquabike finisher, participation finisher, and all-star volunteer. Participants and volunteers can learn more about the Texas Tri Series and register on the website.
About High Five Events: Beginning with the launch of a single triathlon in 2003, High Five Events has grown to become one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States. In addition to the events it owns and produces, the Austin, Texas-based company offers consulting and event production services to dozens of additional events each year. High Five Events is a community-centric company with more than 100 years’ experience organizing large events across different venue types in a variety of locations. Follow High Five Events on Twitter (@highfiveevents), Instagram (@highfiveevents), and Facebook (facebook.com/HighFiveEventsWorldWide/) for news and updates.
Ironman Texas 70.3 in Galveston is like a hometown event for us. Given its proximity to Austin, TX and being one hour away from Houston, TX we get to see tons of our fellow athletes and customers. There always seems to be plenty of high fives and go-get’ms as we help athletes pre race get geared up for the event in the Ironman Expo.
As with any event, we get to meet new folks, and provide new wheel installs for the big day. For the past two years we’ve also been fortunate to have the assistance of North American Sales Manager from Kogel Bearings, Sem Gallegos at the expo dialing in bikes with Kogel’s fantastic ceramic bottom brackets and super smooth derailleur pulleys.
World class events like these are also time for us to connect with our sponsored athletes and at this race we were able spend time with pro athlete, Kelly Williamson. The feedback from our professional athletes is invaluable as they are able to push the product and provide feedback. This year we teamed up with Kogel and every wheelset Kelly is riding is equipped with Kogel ceramics. For her 50 and 50/80 wheelset we are running the lite action road seals and on her 23 ALU training wheels, the cyclocross bearings for added protection against the elements for top durability.
Given State Wheels was a race born company. We’ve always had an affinity for providing neutral wheels for race support. Our crew of some of the best mechanics in the U.S.A. assist athletes with on-course issues to get them back in the game and finish the race wth the best equipment and know-how. This year’s race, was chalk full of tube changes, on-the-fly mechanical tweaks, and wheel changes. Days like this are what makes events so fun and it’s our pleasure to give back to our racing community. We hope you all had a great race Day.
See you at Ironman North American Championships in a few weeks!
Your State Wheels Crew
Austin, TX – State Wheels is proud to announce the 2017 sponsorship of Professional Triathlete Kelly Williamson. Owner Joseph LaFico is excited to work with one of his fastest friends, who just so happens to be one of the fastest professional triathletes in the world.
In 2006, Joseph and Kelly lived just blocks away from each other in Austin, TX. “It was a great time,” LaFico recalls. “We worked together in the performance training realm, and lived close enough to swing by for social hours between work and training. I remember Kelly as she was transitioning to long course triathlon, and finding her way in the sport. We were all pulling for her. That’s what makes our sponsorship of Kelly so fulfilling now, we have firsthand knowledge of her integrity and ferocity as a competitive athlete.”
The turn of events is exciting for James Balentine, State Wheels’ Production Manager and Head of R&D, who has been Kelly’s personal mechanic since 2007. “We couldn’t be happier,” James says. “To say the least, today is a fantastic day for State Wheels. We’re looking forward to supporting Kelly for the 2017 season.”
We’re Pumped to welcome Shelby Reynolds to the State Wheels sponsored Crew.
We asked her put a little Bio together and trust us…this is way too mellow and she’s way to humble about how fantastic a rider and overall cycling ambassador she is. Look for Shelby to do some fantastic things in the So Cal community and around the globe.
I’m Shelby Reynolds, twenty two years old, and live in Long Beach, California. I go to school full time at California State University at Long Beach. I am a coach for junior riders at the velodrome under the Connie Cycling program. My main purpose for living in California is to chase my dreams of becoming a professional cyclist. But in the time being I am just enjoying racing my bike and training with some of the coolest people. I race full time for Helen’s Cycles Elite Women’s Team. I race both track and road but crits are my forte.I have been racing bikes since I was nine years old and racing at the elite level since I was sixteen. I have traveled the country and the world doing what I love. I have met and raced against so many of my idols and cool people that I could have never have fathomed this is the path life would take me. That’s me in a nutshell!
Great Race report from Whitney Schultz of Carr-Schultz Racing:
Last week the Front Range in Colorado was hit with a freakish 22 inches of snow in a couple of days. With a dirt road race on tap for that Saturday, I was a little worried that our race would resemble more of a cyclocross mud pit. Somehow, somehow, we were lucky enough to have two glorious days of sunshine that mostly dried up the course for what turned out to be a hard and fast day of racing!
The course was a solid 12-mile rolling loop in the middle of farmland in Johnstown, Colorado. With the P12 women and P12 35+ women combined, we had a pretty big 40 person field. I hung out in the back for most of the first lap to check out the course and the competition (Epic Fail: I totally didn’t check out the course map beforehand so I had no clue where I was going). Just before we hit the dirt again, I put in a monster attack and never looked back until after the 1-mile dirt section (happy to say, my State Wheels were stellar in the dirt!).
|The start of the break- going through the dirt|
A couple miles later, we had the winning break…not without a lot of work though. With some pretty fast ladies not making that break, we had to work super hard over the next two laps to secure the break.
|Photo by Dejan Smaic|
With one very windy kilometer to go, Gwen (Kenda) and I sat on Angela (Primal)’s wheel watching each other. The remaining lady, Heather, was in the Master’s category. Eventually Heather jumped then Gwen and I were side-by-side sprinting. I watched her just pull away. Eek! I finished second. It was such a fun day with great competitors and solid, hard racing. I’ll get you next time, Gwen! 🙂
As I sit here typing this, it’s 30 degrees and the ground is covered in snow from another freak snow storm. It’s going to be weird to pack for hot Speedweek when we’re still getting the fluffy white stuff 🙂 I’m so ready to play crits this weekend!