Zipp well represented at UCI World Cyclocross Championships
Many of the top Americans competing Feb. 1-2 at the 2014 UCI World Cyclocross Championships in Hoogerheide (Netherlands) will do so riding Zipp wheels and components. Held in the world’s cyclocross hotbed, in the Netherlands very close to Belgium, the event is expected to draw tens of thousands of passionate supporters and fans.
Zipp is especially well represented among the sport’s next generation. For the U23 men’s category, the entire U.S. team rides Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts. Recently crowned U.S. U23 champ Logan Owen is joined by California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized teammates Yannick Eckmann, Cody Kaiser and Tobin Ortenblad. Joining them is Curtis White of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com.
In the Elite Women’s race, Elle Anderson (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) rose to the top of the U.S. cyclocross circuit this season, also gaining valuable experience in Europe before finishing second to Katie Compton at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Colorado. She is joined on the U.S. team by teammate Meredith Miller, third at U.S. nationals, and Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), the U.S. U23 women’s champion. In the Elite Men's race, veterans Ryan Trebon, runner up at the U.S. championships, and Tim Johnson, both of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com, line up for Team USA.
Zdenek Stybar of the Zipp-supported Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling, has yet to confirm whether he’ll take the start in Hoogerheide. The multi-time world champ from the Czech Republic has been focusing (with great success) on road racing but did race a limited calendar of cyclocross events this season.
Photo of Logan Owen by Dejan Smaic