Zipp wheels help Marian University win
Marian University and Zipp notched a nice hometown win at last week’s USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships in Indianapolis.
Rolling on Zipp wheels, Marian’s cycling team won its sixth straight and 14th total “team omnium” Division I track title at Major Taylor Velodrome, located a few pedal strokes from Marian’s campus. The team prevailed despite missing two top riders – Adam Leibovitz, recovering from pneumonia, and Rob Bush, in Europe for the world championships.
Other Marian riders stepped up as they competed on track bikes equipped with Zipp 808 Track front wheels, 900 and Super 9 rear discs, and VukaBull bars. The riders had to contend with stiff winds of up to 20 mph on the 28 degree banked track.
Marian coach Dean Peterson said the speed and stability provided by the 808 helped the women’s team pursuit squad win the 3 kilometer race in a collegiate- and track-record time of 3:55.3. Peterson said he previously would have had the women ride the more shallow 404 wheels in such gusty conditions, but because of the stability of the new wheels they were able to ride the deeper-rimmed 808s.
Marian’s Coryn Rivera captured the Women’s Division I Individual Omnium as teammate Kaitlin Antonneau finished fifth. In the Men’s Individual Omnium, Marian’s Colton Barrett placed second and Weston Luzadder (who also happens to be a crack Zipp intern) third.
At the end of the three-day competition, Marian won comfortably with 1,004 points, ahead of second place Fort Lewis College with 673 points.