Tina Pic wins Speed Week overall, with Christina Gokey-Smith taking third place, and the team sitting atop the overall standings
USA Crits Speed week is an annual pilgrimage to the south east for the USA's fastest road racers. With six races spread over eight days in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, the racing is great entertainment for fans as well as the riders themselves. Riding on Panaracer Tires, the Happy Tooth Dental team came to the series in great form, and continued to dominate the proceedings.
The Happy Tooth Dental Team are racing on Panaracer's new EVO3 range of tires. The Race A EVO3 Tubular tire was the prime pick for the downtown races. With heavy thunderstorms almost all week, the confidence to race on the slickest of roads was important for the team.
Gokey Smith was proud of her teammates after a week of intense racing, "I'm proud for the squad have taken home the Team Win in addition to having Tina take the Individual Win. This year racing Speed week- the racing was pretty aggressive. There are always sprints for the mid race points but everyone was going for every lap point and riders countering those primes for opportunities for a break. The courses being tight and technical made for some fast laps. My favorite was being able to rail those corners during Athens!"
Tina Pic, team leader for the Happy Tooth squad opened the podium account with a resounding win at the Michelin Test Track Criterium, and was followed the next day by a win for teammate Christina Gokey-Smith at the Walterboro event. The Friday night event under the lights in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina was the stage for the next podium, with Tina Pic taking 3rd place, which moved her into the lead on the overall standings. The grand finale of the weekend, the Athens Twilight Criterium, drew huge crowds to the college town in Georgia. It was here that Pic cinched her overall victory with a 5th place in the hotly contested field sprint. The consistent results from Pic and Gokey-Smith, alongside their teammates, ensured the Happy Tooth Dental team won the Team General Classification for the week. A reward for the skill, hardwork and patience of the entire squad. Speaking after the event, Pic was ecstatic with the win, "Speed week was awesome. We're learning to work together and with the help of all of our sponsors and equipment to help us along the way we got some race wins and the overall individual and team. Woo hoo!!"