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The Biggest Names in the Biggest Races – 2016 Zipp Triathlon Roster

The 2016 triathlon season all boils down to competitions so big they’re known simply by their location – Rio and Kona. Zipp is proud to support the world’s top ITU/Olympic® distance and long-course triathletes as they train and race their way to the 2016 Rio Games and the Ironman® World Championships. We supply these athletes with the fastest wheels and discs as well as aero cockpits, handlebars, stems, and seatposts. Beyond that, Zipp engineers and SRAM tech liaisons rely on these pro triathletes to develop and test new products.

From top, some of Zipp's tri stars: Jan Frodeno, Sebastian Kienle, and Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. Photos © BrakeThrough Media

Pro Men

German sensation Jan Frodeno won Kona last October on a brutally hot day for his first Ironman® World Championship. Frodeno, also the reigning 70.3® world champ, started this year with a victory at Ironman 70.3 Dubai. Fellow German Sebastian Kienle, the 2014 Kona and 2013 70.3 world champion, likewise is capable of victory in any long-course event. American Matt Hanson, a new Zipp athlete who's the 2015 Ironman® North American Champion, and Josh Amberger of Australia also are poised for top results at Ironman® events. At the 2016 Rio Games, brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain – who won gold and bronze respectively at London in 2012 – again will be among the favorites.

From top, Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae (photo © Nils Nilsen), Caroline Steffen (photo © BrakeThrough Media), and Sarah Haskins (photo © Joe Vondersaar).

Pro Women

Australian Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae is one of the most legendary athletes we’ve been honored to work with in the history of Zipp. In an amazing podium streak run at Kona from 2009 to 2014, Carfrae rode Zipp wheels en route to three world titles, two second places, and a third place. This year, Carfrae for the first time also will be riding Zipp aerobars. Fellow Australian Melissa Hauschildt is off to a fast start in 2016 with a victory and course record at Ironman® 70.3 Geelong. With that, she also claimed the 2016 Australian Long Course Championship. Caroline Steffen of Switzerland also notched an early season victory by taking this month’s Ironman® 70.3 Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Among those focused on ITU/Olympic and 70.3® races, Australian Ashleigh Gentle finished second in the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series season opener in Abu Dhabi. American Sarah Haskins won the Ironman 70.3 Pan American Pro Championship Panama City, Panama.

Speed Between T1 and T2
Zipp-supported triathletes are crucial in helping to develop and verify the equipment they ride. For example, at Kona last year Jan Frodeno’s new Canyon frameset was equipped with NSW technology. The 808 NSW and Zipp NSW program was unveiled just days before the race. He also rode Zipp Vuka Race carbon extensions. Top pros are not alone in choosing Zipp -- In the 2015 Kona wheel count, Zipp finished with 2006 wheels – more than six times the second most popular brand. This year, expect to see Zipp’s pro triathletes riding a wide array of cutting-edge technology:

- 808 NSW Carbon Clincher, at the ultra-aero 82mm rim depth, offers a new rim shape with greater aerodynamic efficiency and reduced side force.
- 404 NSW Carbon Clincher, with its ever-popular 58mm rim depth, is an all-around performer.
- Firecrest wheels, with the 808 Firecrest (82mm deep) and 404 Firecrest (58mm deep) are the top choice for triathletes, either paired with a Zipp disc or, for Kona, front and rear 808s or 404s.
- Super-9 Carbon Clincher and Tubular discs are the most aero choice. Period.

Aero Cockpits
- Vuka Stealth is a fully integrated stem and aerobar that’s sleek, clean and almost endlessly adjustable.
- Vuka Aero is an integrated aero bar that can be used with any stem to help you find your ideal position on the bike.
- Vuka Alumina Clip is compatible with the Vuka Bull and Vuka Alumina base bars to build a precise fitting aero cockpit.
- Vuka Alumina extensions and Vuka carbon extensions offer a variety of shapes to help you dial in your position.
- Vuka Fit software tool and App is designed to apply a rider’s fit coordinates to Zipp aerobars.

Bars, Stems, Seatposts
Zipp Service Course SL and carbon bars, stems and seatposts provide more options for better rider fit and best-in-class durability, performance and stiffness-to-weight ratios. That translates to better comfort, control and performance on the bike. Several Zipp-supported triathletes including Josh Amberger and Ashleigh Gentle also are riding Zipp Tangente tires.

Follow Zipp’s triathletes throughout the season on Zipp News, Zipp Facebook and @ZippSpeed Twitter and Instagram.

Full Zipp Pro Triathlon Roster