SRAM RED is Turning 2014 Gold
2014 has been an exciting year for SRAM’s family of triathletes, and we are only about half way through! Here is a quick recap of what has already happened, and what we could possibly see. All of these athletes are on SRAM RED 22, with the non drafting athletes utilizing Aero components like R2C, TT rings and brake levers, and most are relying on Zipp Firecrest wheels and Quarq power meters.
Results to date (there are WAY too many to list all of them):
• Javier Gomez Noya of Spain has not finished worse than second in any race, at any distance, and is currently sitting atop the standings in the ITU World Triathlon Series after taking the wins at Yokohama, Cape Town and Auckland.
• Johnnie Brownlee of Great Britain is currently in second place behind Gomez in the ITU World Triathlon Series, and his brother Alistair is coming back strong from injury, recently taking the win at Kitzbuhl along with another EU gold medal.
• Current World Champion Aussie Mirinda Carfrae is showing some serious early season speed as she builds for Kona in October
• German Jan Frodeno has stepped up to long course in royal fashion, winning every 70.3 he has entered including Ironman 70.3 St George, which had a stacked field.
• Canada’s Brent McMahon has shown that he is a threat at any race, most recently winning Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and Ironman 70.3 Boise on back to back weekends.
• Swiss athlete Caroline Steffen took a convincing win at Ironman Melbourne, Asia Pacific Championship, showing the world that she will be one to watch in October.
• Aussie steeplechaser Melissa Hauschildt punched her ticket to Kona with an Ironman debut win at Ironman Australia.
What is still to come
• This coming weekend the ITU World Triathlon Series has moved it’s US venue to SRAM’s backyard, Chicago Illinois. Will Javi remain on top of the leaderboard?
• Germany’s Sebastian Kienle and Jan Frodeno will go head to head in the upcoming Ironman Frankfurt. This will be Frodeno’s first attempt at the Ironman distance in hopes to qualify for Kona. Kienle the reigning 70.3 World Champion and bronze medal at the Ironman World Championship in Kona is building up for defenses at both.
• The weekend after Frankfurt will see a number of SRAM athletes going after the win and possibly their fastest times on the notoriously fast course of Challenge Roth. Included in the drag race will be Australians Pete Jacobs, Luke McKenzie and Mirinda Carfrae along side Caroline Steffen in a pre Kona showdown.
• This year’s Commonwealth games in Glasgow will feature the who’s who of draft legal racing. Who will take the gold?
• Ironman 70.3 World Championships move this year to the beautiful venue of Canada’s Mont Tremblant. Will Sebastian Kienle go for the hat trick and defend for the third year in a row? Or will the party be spoiled by Brent McMahon…. Terenzo Bozzone…. Jan Frodeno?? Guaranteed to be a great race regardless of outcome.
• The Ironman World Championships in Kona always looms largest on the season schedule, and this year is certainly no exception. Will Jan Frodeno qualify and race? Will Luke McKenzie back up last years stirring performance? Will Pete Jacobs find his way back to the top step? Will Rinny defend the crown and beat her own record? Will Caroline Steffen finally crack the code? Or will we see someone completely new like Mel Hauschildt step up on the big island stage Guess we will have to wait and see…..
All of us at SRAM are proud of everything that our athletes do every weekend, and are humbled that they rely on our products to perform at the highest levels in the sport.
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