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Cannondale p/b Ready for CX Nats

We caught up with Stu Thorne Stu Thorne, director of the Cannondale p/b, to ask how his team (Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson, Kaitlin Antonneau and Curtis White) is doing headed into this weekend’s climax of the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder, Colo.

What’s your outlook for the team going into nationals?
The guys are riding really well. Ryan and Tim were riding well in December and they’ve been training really well the last few weeks. The young riders, Kaitlin and Curtis, went over to Europe and had good results over there, so their form is pretty strong…. They did two UCI World Cup Races, Namur, Belgium, and Zolder, Belgium.

How crucial was it for Kaitlin and Curtis to get those high-level races in late in the season?
It’s nice to go over there and test yourself against the world’s best competition because we have to get ready to go to Europe again at the end of the month for the world championships.

Tim Johnson had a resurgent season with some great results. What do you attribute that to?
Tim’s had a great year. It was good to see the old Tim, so to speak. He’s been training really well. He’s changed a few things up. His focus is a little different, and it’s proven to yield some results.

What are a couple specific things he changed?
His attitude has changed a little bit toward riding. It’s a little bit lighter here or there. It’s an evolving process. As a rider evolves, they also have to change a few things. You can’t just have a training schedule of four or five years ago and expect it to work five years later.

Your team has been on the Zipp 303 Firecrst Disc-brake wheelset for a full season. How has it performed?
The wheels have been bombproof. Everything has been working really well. It’s been the standard for us for quite a while now, and we’re really happy with it.

Photo: Kaitlin recently raced two UCI World Cup events in Europe to help sharpen her form headed into this weekend's U.S. National Championships. Photo ©Balint Hamvas cyclephotos