2016 SRAM Triathlon Roster
With the Rio Games looming large on the horizon, the fastest triathletes in the world are gearing up for a big year. Not only are their Olympic dreams on the line, there are titles to defend, and SRAM sponsored triathletes will take on all challengers in 2016. Look for the entire SRAM triathlete roster to race on either SRAM RED™ eTap, SRAM RED™, or SRAM Force 1™ componentry.
Jan Frodeno of Germany is looking to defend both his Ironman® World Championship and 70.3 World Championship titles while his countryman, former Ironman World Champ Sebastien Kienle, is a threat to win any full and half distance Ironman he enters. Australian 70.3 specialist Josh Amberger is another competitor that is poised for big results.
Veteran SRAM athlete Mirinda Carfrae of Australia is back for another shot at Kona glory in an effort to extend her World Championship win tally to four. Former road racer Caroline Steffen of Switzerland, known for her fast bike splits, is already racking up wins this year starting with Ironman 70.3 Philippines. Expect some great performances this season from two-time 70.3 World Championship winner, Melissa Hauschildt of Australia.
Rio gets Real
After four years of hard fought preparation, it’s time for ITU/Olympic distance racers to put it all on the line for Olympic gold. SRAM athlete Javier Gomez of Spain arrives at the Olympics with a record tally of five ITU World Titles along with silver in London. But, British brothers Alistair and Jonathon Brownlee are fully prepared to defend their respective Gold and Bronze medals from the 2012 London Games. Also in the mix is South African Richard Murray, who is always a threat to win in draft-legal racing.
On the women’s side, Ashleigh Gentle of Australia is already off to a great start to her season, earning silver in Abu Dhabi. ITU Triathlon World Champion Non Stanford of the UK is another Olympic favorite to keep an eye on. American Sarah Haskins is also in the medal hunt.
About the Equipment
Eliminating the unknown is the cornerstone principle for race preparation. Having confidence in your equipment and knowing that there is nothing holding you back is more than a practical advantage - it’s a psychological advantage that SRAM athletes rely on. This isn’t something that happens on its own. It’s the result of years of development that involves SRAM engineers working closely with our sponsored triathletes to ensure that SRAM components perform in the toughest races and provide that winning edge.
Arguably the biggest advantage, loaded with leading-edge technologies, is SRAM RED eTap, the world’s first wireless groupset. With shifting available on both the base bar and the aero extensions, time is saved when exiting the transition area and when negotiating corners. eTap also allows athletes to maintain their aero position and execute perfect shifts every time without even lifting a finger.
With 11-speed sequential shifting: riders using SRAM Force 1 only need to think about one thing, winning. With just one shifter to manage, 1x riders benefit from avoiding the need to shift the front derailleur, saving precious seconds at the top and bottom of hills while never having to worry about cross chaining.