Fire and Focus
Kaitie Antonneau fights her way to milestone World Cup podium finish in Valkenburg
American Kaitie Antonneau of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com last weekend reached a milestone in her already accomplished cyclocross career. On Sunday, the 23-year-old Wisconsin native finished second in the round two of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Valkenburg for one of her finest ever results. It was the best U.S. World Cup finish this year, according to USA Cycling. She finished 10 seconds behind Eva Lechner of Italy. It was a performance fitting of her nickname Little Badger.
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“This season we've started to see a more determined Kaitie. She is racing with more fire and focus than in years past,” Stu Thorne, team manager of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com. “It’s been a great journey watching her evolve.”
Antonneau, who was a standout racer for collegiate powerhouse Marian University, also is a veteran of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com. She’s developed as an athlete riding SRAM, Zipp and Quarq. Antonneau’s SRAM Force 1 drivetrain keeps things simple yet still provides the gearing needed to tackle a hilly course like the Cauberg, according to Thorne. For the downhills, she relies on SRAM hydraulic disc brakes. “Some of those drops are pretty daunting, but Kaitie said she felt super confident in her lines during her pre-ride,” Thorne added.
Kaitie Antonneau's Cannondale Bike
Groupset: SRAM Force 1 with Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Chainring: SRAM Force 1 X-SYNC™ Chainring, 38 tooth
Cassette: SRAM 1170 PowerGlide, 11-32
Crank arm length: 170mm
Power Measurement: Quarq Elsa Power Meter
Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL70 Ergo
Seatpost: Zipp SL Speed with 20mm setback
Handlebar Tape: Service Course CX
Computer Mount: SRAM QuickView
After two events, Antonneau is third in the World Cup standings.