Enzo Hincapie surprises the crowd with a solid amateur finish at Athens Twilight

Attention cycling world, Enzo Hincapie is on the run. The 13-year-old runner, son of former Lance Armstrong teammate George Hincapie, won a qualifying race on Saturday morning in Athens, Georgia, then raced with the adult field in the men’s amateur final at the Orthopedic Clinic in Athens. ‘Athens Twilight. He took the lead for a few laps and finished 11th.

Father George, accompanied by a who’s who support group from his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, which included his uncle Rich Hincapie, founder of Hincapie Sportswear, and “adopted” uncles Christian Vande Velde and Bobby Julich, both former Grand Tour pros who moved to Greenville.

“It’s a big criterion for him. He has never done this type of tight, ultra-fast course with adults. He is only 13 years old. So it was great to see him there and fight until the end. He was super aggressive, riding ahead of the pack. I really liked seeing him do well,” said George Hincapie Cycling news after his son crossed the finish line of the final amateur event before the pro riders took center stage for Athens Twilight.

Enzo HIncapie, who raced for ONTO p/b Hincapie Racing, was celebrating a pair of victories in the Hincapie Spring Series Junior Men’s 10-14 division recently, one in the Rock Hill Criterium. Then he moved up to junior men’s 15-18 level at Tiger Town Classic and earned two fourth-place podiums in the road race and the crit. A week later, he improved to earn a win and a runner-up finish in the 15-18 split at the Hincapie Spring Series. It’s time to move on to a bigger stage.

Hincapie only had to travel about 55 kilometers to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to test her mettle against adult runners, and raced for the second time in her fledgling career in a Category 2/3 criterium. . He finished just outside the top 20.

Most of the Athens Twilight crowd packing the course in college town were unaware of Hincapie’s career milestone being achieved, as they cheered wildly from backstage and local bars on the course when the announcer noted that the soon to be crowned winner, Luke Woodard, was on a single-speed bike in the 25km criterium.

“It was really fun and really tough at the same time. Athens is now one of my favorite races,” young Hincapie said. Cycling news about his impressions of his participation in the famous criterium, which has been held in Athens, Georgia, for 43 years.

Nicknamed “Zo” by his father, he dabbled in bike racing for a few years, then got really into it in 2021, when he took part in some junior regional races. He even raced in the USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals, earning the top five honors in the 13-14 category for all three disciplines – criterium, road race and time trial.

“I do crits as a workout and to train for good power for the road,” Enzo Hincapie said. He wasn’t sure if he would race the next day at Spin the District in Hapeville, the seventh and final race of the Speed ​​Week series, but he was apparently feeling fine and finished in the middle of the field, 16th, in the category 2/3 men’s event. on Sunday.

Enzo is the middle child of the family, his sister Julia is three years older and his brother Lucca is not yet 10 years old. His family continues to own and operate Hincapie Sportswear and Hotel Domestique, and will host the 10th annual Gran Fondo Hincapie in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains this fall. They will probably attend more races this year too.

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