Having won the Colorado Cup Team and Individual standings, Team Gates Carbon Drive wraps up its inaugural season with a final race in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 22. The five-person squad attracted lots of attention from spectators and racers alike this season. Rider Carlos Casali, a big strong Brazilian native, won the Colorado Cup individual standings. Mitch Westall took third-place at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships in Seattle.
Entering this weekend, the team has 12 individual race wins, 11 second-place finishes and nine third-place finishes for a total of 32 podium spots. “I had never raced on a belt drive bike before joining the team,” says Casali. “Now I’m totally hooked. I’m a big guy, and the belt drive performed flawlessly even in the muddiest conditions. After races when other guys were cleaning their chains, we could relax and celebrate.”
Gates created the team to grow the popularity of singlespeed cyclocross racing. For 2011, the company plans to expand Team Gates Carbon Drive due to a flood of requests. Details of the team expansion will be announced in the coming months on this blog. Until then, anyone interested in belt drives can head to Boulder Reservoir this Saturday. Casali’s race starts at 3:45 p.m.