Celebrating cyclocross and innovation
Cyclocross is an effective proving ground for athletes and equipment. Take last weekend's three-day Jingle Cross Rock in Iowa City, Iowa.
Zipp-sponsored cyclocross athletes brought home a feast of results, with victories in all six elite men and women’s races and the majority of the elite podium spots. One of the standout performances was Tim Johnson, of the Cannondale Prepared by Cyclocrossworld.com team, winning the Day 3 men’s elite finale Sunday on prototype disc-brake-compatible Zipp 303 wheels.
Johnson said he loves the innovation side of cycling. In recent years he provided invaluable feedback and insight on the Zipp 303 as it became the go-to cyclocross wheel. Now, he’s helping to validate the use of disc brakes in the sport. “I’m up for pretty much anything, especially when there’s a clear potential for competitive advantage,” he said. “Not looking ahead and not looking for something to be better is the wrong attitude.”
Sharing the podium with Johnson on Day 3 were teammate Jamey Driscoll – who rode a Cannondale with Zipp 303 wheels, Service Course SL bars, stem and seatpost, SRAM RED componentry and Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes – and Specialized’s Todd Wells, who rides 303, SRAM RED and Avid Shorty Ultimate.
Day 1 of Jingle Cross Rock got off to a solid start with Discoll taking the win in the elite men’s race and Johnson placing third. In the elite women’s opener, Meredith Miller took the win ahead of Teal Stetson-Lee. The two California Giant/Specialized teammates each rode Zipp 303, Service Course SL, SRAM RED and Avid Shorty Ultimate.
On Day 2, Stetson-Lee won with Miller in second. On the men’s side, Wells took the victory on the mud-soaked day. Miller finished her strong weekend with a Day 3 victory Sunday.