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Back 5.7.2012

Where to begin with so many results?

Zipp® athletes have been winning or scoring podium spots all over the place in recent days. The races, disciplines and terrain vary, but one factor is constant – the speed, reliability and stability provided by Firecrest® wheels and other Zipp products.

We hardly know where to begin, but here’s a rundown:

Triathlon

  • At Sunday’s Ironman® St. George in Utah, Ben Hoffman of Colorado looked strong on the bike on his way to a winning time of 9:07:04, 18 minutes ahead of second place Maik Twelsiek. The athletes faced incredibly tough conditions with strong wind gusts through much of the race.
  • Zipp collected nice results at the Avia Wildflower Triathlons. In Saturday’s long-course race (1.2 m Swim, 56 m Bike, 13.1 m Run), Heather Jackson of California rode a pair of 404 Firecrest wheels en route to victory in a time of 04:26:29 as Montana’s Linsey Corbin placed second. In the men’s race, Californian Jordan Rapp rode an 808 Firecrest and Super-9 Disc to place second, less than 1:30 behind winner Thomas Jesse.
  • Greg Bennett picked up the victory at the Revolution3 Triathlon Knoxville in Tennessee, covering the Olympic distance event in 1:47:02.
  • American Hillary Biscay had a strong showing Sunday at the Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia, finishing third with a time of 9:58:19.
  • Also in Australia, at the Ironman® 70.3 Busselton, Australian Kate Bevilaqua placed second in a time of 04:22:19, under a minute behind winner Felicity Sheedy-Ryan.

Road

  • Team Saxo Bank’s  Juan José Haedo -- aboard Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels and Zipp handlebars, stem and seatpost – took second in Monday’s crashed-marred final sprint of the Giro d’Italia’s stage 3 in Denmark.
  • Also Monday, Zdenek Stybar of the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team scored an impressive solo win at during stage 4 of the Four Jours de Dunkerque. Stybar -- a former world cyclocross champion making the transition to road racing -- attacked late on a cobbled climb for the win.
  • Kristin Armstrong of Team Exergy TWENTY12 was untouchable at the SRAM Tour of the Gila in New Mexico. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist won the general classification by a whopping 6 minutes, 41 seconds while relying on Zipp wheels including the 303 Firecrest for sprints and climbs alike. What’s more, teammate Tayler Wiles wore the best young rider’s jersey. On the men’s side, Evan Huffman of the California Giant Cycling Team won the stage 3 time trial aboard Zipp wheels. 
  • The Marian University Cycling Team successfully defended its Division 1 Team Omnium Title at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships in Ogden, Utah. The Indianapolis university was at or near the top of the results throughout the weekend. In the team time trial, Marian’s women won and the men placed third. In the criterium, Kaitlin Antonneau and Coryn Rivera went 1-2 for Marian. Alder Martz finished fifth in the men’s criterium. Antonneau also was second in the road race, making her the winner of the Division I Individual Omnium competition. Marian uses an array of Zipp wheels, including the 101, 202, the full like of Firecrest wheels and the Super-9 Disc.

Photo of Tayler Wiles and Kristin Armstrong courtesy of Team Exergy TWENTY12