Nothing spooky about these CX results
Ryan Trebon and Caroline Mani were, well, scary good at the UCI Spooky Cross Weekend in Irvine, Calif.
The two Zipp-sponsored athletes swept the top podium spots over the two-days of cyclocross action, including wins in the festive Saturday evening finale of the Cross After Dark Series.
Mani got off to a fast start Saturday by taking the holeshot in what turned into an impressive effort through to the finish. Mani’s equipment lineup included a Felt frame, Zipp 303 CX wheels and Zipp Service Course bars, stem and seatpost. She also rode SRAM RED componentry and Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes. And for the night race, she sported some hugely oversized glasses that put her right into the event’s Halloween-party atmosphere.
The current French national champion followed up that performance with another solo victory Sunday. The California Giant/Specialized team’s Teal Stetson-Lee (Zipp 303 CX wheels, Service Course SL, SRAM RED and Avid Shorty Ultimate) was also in the mix, finishing second Sunday and third Saturday.
In the men’s race Saturday over the fast 3.5-kilometer course in Irvine’s Hidden Valley, Ryan Trebon outkicked Belgian Ben Berden for first place. More than one win was up for grabs – the spirited sprint also gave Trebon (riding a Felt frame with Zipp 303CX, Zipp Service Course SL, SRAM RED and Avid Shorty Ultimate) the Cross After Dark series title. Trebon, of the L and T Sports/Felt team, then soloed to victory Sunday.
"I was thinking of what I like about my Zipp 303 CX tubular wheels the most. The stiffness is awesome, but I also really noticed the braking," Trebon said. "The braking surface provides great stopping power and feedback with the Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes. Having extremely lightweight, durable and responsive wheels has been a huge advantage this season."
Specialized’s Todd Wells also had a strong weekend of racing, placing second Sunday and third Saturday. Wells, the reigning U.S. National Cyclocross Champion, rides Zipp 303CX wheels.
In another performance of note, the Crank Brothers Race Club’s Amy Dombroski (Zipp 303CX, SRAM RED and Avid Shorty Ultimate) placed sixth Sunday in the first round of the 2011-2012 UCI World Cup in Plzen, Czech Republic.