Lessons learned in cyclocross season
Belgium’s sand dunes provided plenty to ponder during last weekend’s UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Koksijde.
Traditional cyclocross powerhouse Belgium dominated the elite men’s race on home sand with Niels Albert’s solo victory and a sweep of the top seven spots. In the elite women’s contest, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands soloed to victory.
Omega Pharma® -- Quick-Step® Cycling Team cross racer Zdenek Stybar battled to 13th place in defense of his world title. The Czech – who rode Zipp® Firecrest® wheels, Service Course® SL handlebars and stem, SLSpeed™ seatpost and SRAM® RED drivetrain – had a successful buildup to the worlds that include a world cup victory in France.
Cyclocross has long been popular in Northern European countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands. Yet the sport is gaining in popularity elsewhere. In one sign of this, the United States is slated to host the world championships next year in Louisville, Ky. – a city famous for horse racing that’s now developing an affection for cyclocross. The fun atmosphere and intense competition of the 2011 Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross presented by Greenware race series was another sign of the sport is gaining traction in the United States.
Here at Zipp, we have a commitment to develop strong and reliable gear and to support the athletes who ride it.
Ryan Trebon – riding a Felt® frame with Zipp 303s, Service Course SL, SRAM RED, Avid® Shorty Ultimate brakes and a Quarq power meter – was the top American in the elite men’s racing, finishing in 18th place 4:02 behind Albert. Zipp-sponsored pros Tim Johnson was 34th and Jamey Driscoll 42nd.
Trebon said he had good fitness heading into worlds, but also made mistakes in the tricky sands of Koksijde. “I’m always learning lessons every race… trying to be calm and comfortable near the front and make fewer mistakes,” he said.
Of his equipment, Trebon added: “The Zipp equipment has been fantastic this year. The 303s are honestly the best wheels I've ever used; the braking is fantastic, super light and durable. You can’t ask for much more than that.”
In the elite women’s race, Caroline Mani of France – who rides Zipp 303 wheels and Zipp Service Course bars, stem and seatpost, SRAM RED and Avid Shorty Ultimate – was 18th. Zipp athletes competing for Team USA were Nicole Duke (19th), Meredith Miller (20th), Amy Dombroski (23rd) and Kaitie Antonneau (26th).
We congratulate our cyclocross athletes on a great season.
To learn more about Zipp's cyclocross athletes:
-- Listen to recent ZippCasts with Amy Dombroski and Ryan Trebon.
-- Watch videos featuring Zipp’s women and men of cyclocross.