Team SmartStop Delivers One-Two Punch at US Pro
In a few short years, Eric Marcotte of Team SmartStop completed the incredible journey from master’s national champion to professional national champion. The 33-year-old won Monday’s USA Cycling Professional Road National Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn. Teammates Travis McCabe finished second, giving the upstart team an impressive 1-2 final punch against some of the nation’s best pros in the 102.8 mile (165.5km) race that included four ascents up Lookout Mountain. What’s more, Julian Kyer placed fifth for Team SmartStop.
In 2011, Marcotte captured master’s road race and criterium titles. The longtime amateur said it hasn’t really sunk in yet that he’s now his country’s professional road champion. “It’s pretty crazy, it’s surreal because there are plenty of other riders on this team that can go further in their career with this jersey than myself, and I’m not limiting myself but obviously things happen for a reason and hopefully people can take something from this,” Marcotte said in a team release.
Team SmartStop’s Wilier Triestina frame’s were equipped with SRAM RED 22. The team’s spare bikes had Force 22 groups. The many options provided by RED 22 allowed head mechanic Chris Kreidl to set up each bike to each rider’s individual preference. Marcotte used a standard 53-39 chainring set on his RED 22 crankset with a Quarq Power Meter paired with an 11-28 cassette. McCabe opted for an 11-26 cassette. “Julian Kyer, who finished 5th, has a Red22 WiFli rear derailleur on his bike, but used an 11-28 cassette as he felt the climbs didn't necessitate the 32t option the WiFli derailleur makes available,” Kreidl said.
“Our SRAM components worked flawlessly all weekend for each of the seven riders we had competing,” he added. “During the pre-nationals training camp I did a few cable replacements on some of the bikes that had been raced a bit this year, and I personally appreciate how easy it is to stay on top of maintenance.”
Kyer also finished a solid fourth in Saturday’s USA Cycling Professional Time Trial National Championship. “All of our guys loved the fact that they never had to leave the 55t chainring during the time trials thanks to the Yaw front derailleurs. They were able to ride the climbs on the TT course in the 55-25 with no chain rub, which can be incredibly distracting during an effort like that,” Kreidl said.
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