US Cyclocross Nationals Bike Check
Since our entry into the drop bar world a decade ago, SRAM has used the best cyclocross athletes to test and prove the durability and efficiency of our drivetrains at the highest levels. On Sunday in Reno, NV, SRAM athletes will be well represented in the first row of every race. Many of these medal favorites visited our Indianapolis facility earlier in the season, and we took the opportunity to profile their rides.
Stephen Hyde of Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com won his first national championship in dramatic fashion in 2017, and is a favorite to repeat in Reno. His Cannondale SuperX, with its brilliant stars and stripes paint job, is equipped with Force 1 HRD and Zipp 303 Firecrest® Tubular Disc Brake wheels, the most popular choices for our CX athletes. A 42T chainring mounted on 170 crankarms and paired with an 11-32 PG-1170 cassette provides the perfect combination of small gear jumps and wide range.
In only his second year in the elite ranks, Tobin Ortenblad established himself as a star with a string of victories in the 2017 US-CUP series. He may have the best chance of dethroning Hyde on Sunday. Tobin rides a 42T ring with an 11-32 cassette on his custom painted Santa Cruz Stigmata CC, but has been known to move up to a 44T on faster courses.
Four time national champion Jeremy Powers is one of a select few top CX racers to use SRAM RED eTap HRD. He pairs the 46-36 chainrings with an 11-28 cassette. Like his Aspire Racing teammates Ellen Noble and Spencer Petrov, Powers keeps Focus Mares bikes in his quiver with both the classic Rapha-Focus graphics, and the eye popping stock Yellow Freestyle paint job.
Second in the World Cup rankings, Kaitie Keough is a big favorite to take home her first elite national championship on Sunday. Her 48 cm SuperX with stock Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com colors sports a 38T ring paired with an 11-32 cassette.
Former junior national champion, technical ace and fan favorite Cody Kaiser runs his Force 1 and 303s on a dazzling Specialized S-Works Crux. Kaiser goes with a 40T ring up front and an 11-32 cassette.
Good luck to all of the SRAM racers in Reno!