Number 1 on Force 1
With his Cape Town victory, Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee became the most successful triathlete in the WTS series, and he did so riding SRAM’s new Force 1 groupset. Returning from injury, Brownlee took his 18th title in the ITU WTS series in Cape Town to set the record for total wins. Brownlee’s victory also was historic as the first pro triathlon win on SRAM Force 1.
Most of his top competitors were also racing in the South African series: Javier Gomez (ESP), Richard Murray (RSA), Mario Mola (ESP), and Vincent Luis (FRA). Aboard his Boardman Air 9.8 equipped with SRAM Force 1, Alistair asserted his dominance on the bike and none were able to follow the furious pace of the 2012 Olympic champion.
SRAM’s new Road 1x ™ (pronounced one-by) is an incredibly secure and amazingly quiet drivetrain, available as Force 1 or Rival 1, defined by SRAM’s X-SYNC single chainring. Brownlee rode SRAM Force 1 Crankset with a 52-tooth chainring with an 11-26 SRAM cassette. Spaniard Javier Gomez, who still leads the 2015 ITU WTS series, crossed the line in second. Richard Murray, “the local”, placed fourth. Both are training and racing on SRAM RED 22.
Next ITU WTS races:
- Yokohama (Japan): May 16, 2015
- London (Great Britain): May 31, 2015
- Hamburg (Germany): July 19, 2015
- Stockholm (Sweden): August 23, 2015
- Edmonton (Canada): September 5, 2015
- The Grand Final - Chicago (USA): September 15-20, 2015
All photos: Delly Carr