1 month agoby Sam Wiebe

Inspired Bikes at the Amgen Tour of California

At the 2019 Amgen Tour of California, the Rally UHC Cycling team will once again ride “Inspired Bikes”. These one-off, hand-painted Felt FR Disc race frames are raced across California and auctioned live during the race!
The bikes are raced and auctioned to benefit the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. Six brave young UHCCF grant recipients were surveyed to provide inspiration for each bike’s novel identity. See the bikes racing live in California on NBC Sports Network or via the Tour Tracker, and don’t miss your chance to own one of these exceptional, hand-painted art objects!

Galaxy
56 cm | ridden by Kyle Murphy for Sarah

This universal design celebrates both Sarah’s passion for art and a certain space epic in a galaxy far away (the original trilogy, of course). Sarah loves painting and drawing because “it’s inspiring to feel like you can do anything with just a paintbrush,” so painter Brad put his own special touch on this frame, with blue, teal and red “Stardust” misted over a deep blue and violet ice pearl base.


Brick
58 cm | ridden by Brandon McNulty for Marcus

Marcus, who hopes to be a policeman when he grows up, “because it’s hard work and if someone is in trouble, you can help,” inspired this heavy-duty design. This frame was designed to look tough, but also celebrates Marcus’ favorite activity with a certain world-famous building block. This strong foundation reveals itself in Marcus’ favorite primary colors from underneath a layer of deep black and silver pearl.


Biology
54 cm | ridden by Abby Mickey for Kaelyn

Kaelyn has a passion for nature and biology and loves “studying animals and how they interact with their environment,” so the design team concocted this radiant, organic design. A gradient with two of her favorite colors – purple and blue--gives the frame its soft base, while “cells” printed with metallic ink speak to the beautiful architecture inside us all.


Tiger
51 cm | ridden by Emma White for Tony

Simple but fierce, Tony’s design should be instantly familiar to us all. Ridden by the famed and feared #rallycats, this frame got its stripes because of Tony’s favorite predator, what he calls “the coolest animal on Earth.” The frame is striped with pure Rally orange and reveals Felt’s pristine carbon layup beneath the clear coat. It’s sure to make the competition cower.


Music
56 cm | ridden by Nigel Ellsay for Chloe

After Chloe told us, “I want to be a famous singer when I grow up, because singing makes me feel good inside,” we wanted to make a bike with rhythm. This painterly design embodies sound itself, using the art of master abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky as inspiration. Kandinsky spent a lifetime visualizing music in his art, and his unique aesthetic shines through on this rideable canvas.


Greece
54 cm | ridden by Emerson Oronte for Laura

This intricate design was inspired by the beautiful terracotta pottery of ancient Greece, Laura’s favorite country. Her love of Greece comes from “a good childhood memory,” so the design team reached deep into the past to produce a grand, authentic motif inspired by Greece’s Iron Age pottery masterpieces. Bronze metallic and black with gold pearl paint make this frame shine in the peloton.

 

Tech specs

Frame: Felt Race Road UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme carbon fiber, MMC with InsideOut construction, carbon fiber BB386 bottom bracket shell, carbon fiber dropouts, CNC aluminum replaceable rear derailleur hanger, external mechanical or internal electronic cable routing
Fork: Felt Race Road UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme carbon fiber monocoque construction, size specific ControlTaper carbon fiber steerer tube, integrated crown race, crown, blades and dropouts, integrated compression device
Bar, Stem, & Seatpost: Easton EA50 and EA70
Components: SRAM RED® ETAP HYDRO 11-speed
Wheels: HED Belgium Disc
Tires: Kenda Kountach Pro 700x25
Bottle Cages:  Arundel carbon fiber
Saddle:  Men  |  Prologo TBD    Women  |  Prologo TBD