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La Course is “so special” for Lisa Brennauer

Saturday, July 26, 2014

After a training session on the rollers, Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon Pro Cycling) nicely spent time with us to discuss La Course by Le Tour, her hopes and her bike.

The 2014 triple German National Champion (Road, Time-Trial and MTB), Lisa Brennauer, will race on Les Champs Élysées for the very first edition of La Course by Le Tour. Lisa and her teammates (Chantal Blaak (NED), Elise Delzenne (FRA), Carmen Small (USA), Tayler Wiles (USA) and Trixi Worrack (GER)) are looking forward for this famous course, the Arc de Triomphe, down les Champs Élysées, round les Tuilleries and the Louvre and across the Place de la Concorde back to les Champs.“La Course is a big thing for us because we never get so much attention. Media will be there, all the people. I only know it from the men’s race. I have goose bumps when I think about the fact that I’m gone race it tomorrow! It’s so special to have the chance to experience that.”

As with a lot of women racers Lisa hopes that La Course will help develop women's Cycling at a pro level as a the amateur level. “La Course and the Tour of Great Britain we had this year are two big events for us. It’s what we need. I hope it will be a success tomorrow. And I’d like to hear “Women cycling is so interesting, why don’t we show it more often than just the Worlds.””

For the German Champion, Les Champs course doesn’t necessary mean Bunch Sprint. Men and women can race with different strategies and this time the circumstances are also different. Men will reach Les Champs after three intense weeks of racing. “Bunch sprint or breakaway are both possible because there is a variety of interests from the different teams. We have to have a plan for both scenarios. I hope it will be an interesting and fast race.”

Her SRAM RED 22 groupset seems to fit her like a glove. There’s a long list of features she likes “I like the fact that you can change several gears at the same time. It’s super-fast. Overall the groupset is very light and always trustable. I never had any problems with it. So it gives me a good feeling. For the sprint and when you have your hands on the drops, the fact the you can adjust the reach is great, especially for girls as we normally have smaller hands.”

Let’s have a closer look to her race machine:

Frame: Specialized Amira (54cm) with special graphics and stickers (German flag celebrating her TT and Road Titles)
Groupset: SRAM RED 22
Shifters: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap - ErgoDynamic Shifter
Chainrings: 53*39 (crank arms: 172.5mm)
Front Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 Yaw with chain spotter
Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 short-cage
Brakes: SRAM RED Aerolink (Front & Rear)
Cassette: SRAM PG-1170 (11-25)
Chain: SRAM RED 22
Bar: Zipp Service Course SL (40cm c-c)

Specialized Lululemon's head mechanic, Sebastian Nittke, with Lisa's bike.


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