Zipp riders off to strong CX season start
Zipp athletes got off to a fast, and at times muddy, start at the Planet Bike Cup weekend of racing in Wisconsin -- the first stop on the 2011 Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross presented by Greenware.
Ryan Trebon – on a Felt frame decked out with Zipp 303CX wheels, Zipp Service Course SL, SRAM componentry and Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes – powered to victory on a technical course ahead of multi-time world champion Bart Wellens of Belgium in Saturday’s 60-minute Elite Men’s race. Trebon, part of the early lead group, used a late attack to secure the victory.
It was just one of the strong performances by Zipp athletes in Sun Prairie, Wis.
In Saturday’s 45-minute Elite Women’s race, Nicole Duke of the Cannondale prepared CyclocrossWorld.com team bolted from the start and led the pack into the first corner to win the inaugural “Avid Shorty Ultimate Holeshot” award. She did so riding a bike equipped with Zipp 303CX wheels, Service Course SL bars, stems and seatposts, and SRAM RED components.
The California Giant/Specialized Team’s Meredith Miller, riding 303 CX and Service Course SL, took third in the hard-fought women’s race. That result was a nice follow-up to Miller’s second place last week at the Cross After Dark-Gateway Cross Cup in St. Louis.
On Sunday, day two of the Planet Bike Cup, the quick dry conditions of Saturday were replaced by a mud bog left behind by heavy rain: just the sort of conditions cyclocross fans savor.
French champ Caroline Mani – navigating mud with 303CX wheels, Service Course SL, SRAM componentry and Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes – started strong in the Elite Women’s race by taking the “Avid Shorty Ultimate Holeshot.” Duke finished a strong weekend of racing for Zipp’s women by finishing third in the 45-minute race.
In the Elite Men’s 60-minute event, Trebon placed third in a hotly contested race won by Wellens.
The New Belgium Cup, scheduled for Oct. 8-9 in Fort Collins, Colo., is the next stop on the four-weekend, eight-race series Greenware US Gran Prix of Cyclocross. The series, sponsored by Zipp, brings together the strongest cyclocross fields in North America.