1x Way To Tabor
SRAM Cyclocross World Championship Preview
SRAM is proud to support a diverse roster of 38 athletes from seven nations at this weekend’s UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic. These accomplished men and women range from seasoned pros to developing youngsters, from North America and Europe. They all rely on SRAM components – the majority on our lightweight and smooth shifting Force CX1 drivetrain and HydroR hydraulic disc brakes – to tackle the everything from loose dirt in late summer to peanut butter-consistency mud in early winter.
SRAM Force CX1 is our innovative SRAM 1x™ (one-by) single-chainring drivetrain perfected in MTB and purpose-built for ’cross. The X-Horizon™ rear derailleur features a clutch system paired with an X-SYNC™ chainring, with its alternating wide-tooth, narrow-tooth design. This system results in better chain management. SRAM’s HydroR™ hydraulic disc brakes deliver increased control and more confidence through better modulation and more powerful braking with less hand effort. Force CX1 has been ridden to victories and podium appearances by our athletes who now turn their attention to Tabor:
Saturday, Jan. 31
Belgian Eli Iserbyt (Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) amassed an amazing 19 victories this season including the Belgian Junior National Title and the European Cyclocross Championship. American Gavin Haley (Red Zone Cycling) showed his potential with a commanding victory at the Milton Keynes World Cup. Watch also for American Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle Company-Vista Subaru) who won on the legendary Koksijde course.
Favorites include Belgian Ellen Van Loy (Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team), second in the final World Cup standings thanks to her consistent results. Sophie de Boer of the Netherlands (Kalas-NNOF Cycling Team), fifth in the final World Cup standings, is another podium threat. Her teammate, American Elle Anderson, having spent the season based in Belgium, also will look for a breakthrough performance. American Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) earned silver at the recent U.S. National Championship.
Sunday, Feb. 1
Watch for aggressive racing from Belgians Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team), fifth a year ago, and Yannick Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team), silver medalist in Hoogerheide in 2014. Logan Owen (California Giant/Specialized), who has won two straight U23 U.S. titles, is another rider to watch.
Belgian Wout van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team), the defending U23 World Champion, confirmed his status as one of the world’s best of any age with multiple victories in Elite and U23 races. Reigning U.S. champ Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus Racing) competed in all of the UCI World Cup events this season to finish ninth in the final standings. Another contender is Belgian Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team). Top mountain bike racer Italian Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team) also has shown his potential on the ’cross course with his many national titles.
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