Reach For The Stars
The start village at South Lake Tahoe was a flurry of activity Thursday morning as mechanics made final preparations for the first stage of the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women’s Race empowered with SRAM. As each bike was dialed in to riders’ exact preferences, there were a wide variety of setups made possible by the incredible adjustability options found in SRAM groupsets. A little creativity from team mechanics added some truly custom touches to rider machines.
Use of the Reach Adjust feature, allowing riders with small hands easy access to their levers, was prevalent in the women’s peloton. The entire Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team, including stage 1 winner Megan Guarnier, had brought their SRAM RED eTap levers in close to the bars for better braking in the drops.
Kirsti Lay of Rally Cycling took advantage of the independent reach adjustment on the brake and shift levers of her SRAM Red® mechanical group to bring her brake levers close to the bar, but her shift paddles even closer. This setup allows her to easily pull her shift paddles to the bar while sprinting in the drops.
The Canyon//SRAM Racing Team squad rides the revolutionary SRAM Red eTap® electronic group, and thus has the option to use Blips to shift remotely from anywhere on the handlebar. Germany’s Trixi Worrack, the 2015 Women’s Tour of California overall champion, uses BlipClamps to mount her Blips right next to her stem, a popular location while climbing. She simply uses her thumbs to shift from the bar tops. More unusual was the Blip setup on Barbara Guarischi’s aero handlebars. Looking for a way to affix the Blips on the underside of the bare, non-round bars, Canyon/SRAM mechanic extraordinaire Jochen Lamade used silicone to keep them in place. Having tried superglue in the past, he likes the flexibility and lack of brittleness that silicone provides.
Kirsten Wild of Cylance Pro Cycling debuted her new Force 22 HRD equipped disc brake bike at Stage 1, but the SRAM RED rim brake bike that has been her primary race bike for much of the year was on the team car. An accomplished and experienced sprinter, she runs grip tape on her shift paddles for extra confidence in hectic finales. It’s a setup that has propelled her to big victories at Santos Women’s Tour and Tour of Chongming Island in 2017.
Regardless of fit requirements, SRAM features like Reach Adjust, Contact Point Adjustment™, WiFli™ gearing, and Blips provide the widest variety of fit and gearing options, ensuring that every rider can tailor their bike to their needs.