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Zipp’s 2017 Tri Roster Built to Win at any Distance

Zipp’s unveils a power-packed pro triathlon roster for 2017, matching the world’s most cutting-edge gear with the sport’s top athletes in men’s and women’s ITU/Olympic® distance and Ironman® distance.

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Pro Men

German Jan Frodeno is coming off a stellar 2016 season. He won his second straight world title in Kona and set an iron-distance record of 7:35:39 last summer. Fellow German Sebastien Kienle, the 2014 Kona champ, is poised for another strong season. Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain made history last year by becoming the first triathlete to win consecutive Olympic gold medals with his victory in Rio. Now, Alistair is motivated to succeed in long and short distance.

His brother, Jonathan Brownlee won silver in Rio and enters 2017 focused on ITU success building toward Tokyo in 2020. Jake Birtwhistle, the 2015 U23 ITU World Champion, is an emerging talent in draft-legal triathlon. Other top performers on Zipp this season include German Andi Boecherer, who will look to build his fifth place in Kona last year, as well as Australians Josh Amberger and Jake Montgomery.

Pro Women

Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae, three-time Kona champ, is back for another season with Zipp. Other top athletes at the 70.3 and Ironman® distances including Australians Annabel Luxford and Melissa Hauschildt. Caroline Steffen of Switzerland and American Sarah Haskins are long-distance threats. Australian Ashleigh Gentle, Canadian Paula Findlay, and American Katie Zaferes can win in ITU or long-course events.  

What They Ride
In addition to our work in the lab and the wind tunnel, Zipp’s aero prowess was developed through testing and feedback from professional triathletes. In 2010, the 808 Firecrest debuted and was ridden to victory in Kona. In 2015, Jan Frodeno rode the just-launched 808 NSW to victory in Kona as well. Zipp Firecrest and NSW Carbon Clincher wheels, along with the Super-9 Disc, are the go-to aero weapons for pro triathletes. Now, disc-brakes are emerging as a high-performance option on the road and Zipp offers disc-brake options at every rim depth. This season, Australian Jake Montgomery already has debuted the Super-9 Disc-brake disc and 808 Firecrest Disc-brake in competition. Caroline Steffen, American Ben Collins, and Zipp technology consultant Jordan Rapp are all riding disc brakes this season.

Aero Cockpits
Many Zipp sponsored triathletes also will ride:

  • 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 Evo and Vuka Race extensions provide fit-driven 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.
  • For ITU, Zipp Service Course SL alloy and Zipp SL Speed carbon bars, stems and seatposts provide more options for better rider fit and best-in-class durability, performance and stiffness-to-weight ratios.