Stybar off to quick start with Zipp; high drama in Wisconsin
World cyclocross champ Zdenek Stybar sure got off to a fast start in 2012 on his new Zipp®-equipped Specialized®.
Stybar headlined an impressive weekend of results for Zipp-sponsored athletes by capturing his sixth title at the Czech National Cyclocross Championship. In fact, his solo victory – which came on Zipp 303 Firecrest® wheels and Zipp Service Course® SL bars and stem and Zipp SL Speed™ seatpost -- is the first win of the season for the Omega Pharma® - Quick-Step® Cycling Team.
Back across the Atlantic last weekend at the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships, 20-year-old Kaitie Antonneau left no doubt on the chilly prairies of Wisconsin of her standing as a bright young star of U.S. cycling.
Wisconsin native Antonneau captured the Under-23 women’s title and finished second to Katie Compton in the elite women’s race. Antonneau rides a Cannondale® with Zipp 303 wheels, Service Course SL bars, stem and seatpost, SRAM® RED drivetrain and Avid Shorty Ultimate™ brakes. In fact, Zipp athletes took second through sixth place with Nicole Duke third, Teal Stetson-Lee fourth, Coryn Rivera fifth and Meredith Miller sixth.
In a slugfest in the elite men’s race, Ryan Trebon -- on a Felt® frame equipped with Zipp 303s, Service Course SL, SRAM RED, Avid Shorty Ultimate and a Quarq Power Meter -- rode aggressively to finish second to Jeremy Powers.
In the collegiate division, Antonneau, a sophomore at Marian University in Indianapolis, won the Division I women’s race with teammate Rivera placing second. The Marian cycling team, also sponsored by Zipp, captured its first USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclocross Team Omnium Title.
Other highlights from the weekend of racing by Zipp-sponsored pros included Caroline Mani placing third in the elite women’s French championship and Christian Heule placing third in the elite men’s Swiss championship.
Next up for many of these athletes is the UCI Cyclocross World Championships from Jan. 28-29 in Koksijde, Belgium.
Photo: World cyclocross champ Zdenek Stybar in action.