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Back 9.19.2012

Zipp cyclocross season preview - the proving ground

Cyclocross is all about going all out. Running dismounts, flying remounts. Hammering through the colorful prairies and woodlands of autumn. Pedaling no matter what – snow, rain, mud. It takes a special breed of rider, and equipment, to thrive. We love that stuff. But more importantly, we embrace cyclocross as an ideal proving ground for our equipment. For the 2012-13 season, we’ve equipped some of the world’s top cyclocross stars with 303 Firecrest carbon wheels as well as our stiff and lightweight line of Service Course SL bars, stems and seatposts.

Two-time world champ Zdenek Stybar of the Omega-Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team is a threat to win any cyclocross race even as he prepares for next season’s Spring Classics on the road. And for the fourth straight year, America’s top cyclocross riders will rely on Zipp wheels, Zipp bars, stems and seatposts, as well as SRAM RED – 2012 drivetrains, Quarq Power Meters and Avid brakes. Former national champ Todd Wells returns with the Specialized Factory Racing Team. Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld brings a powerhouse lineup of veteran multi-time champ Tim Johnson, new addition and West Coast sensation Ryan Trebon and young talents Jamey Driscoll and Kaitie Antonneau. California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized is ready to race with Meredith Miller, Cody Kaiser, Yannick Eckmann and Tobin Ortenblad. What’s more, Maureen Bruno-Roy of Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles will use Zipp bars, stem and seatposts.

This promises to be one of the most competitive and memorable seasons ever. The Trek® U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Presented by Greenware® and WD-40® Bike is the nation’s premiere race series. Zipp and SRAM® are sponsors of the series, and SRAM NRS provides neutral race support services for all four weekends of racing this fall. The season reaches its conclusion in February with the UCI World Cyclocross Championships in Louisville, Ky., marking the first time the event will be contested on U.S. soil (or maybe mud).