Zipp NewsBack 2019-03-14
2019 Zipp Professional Tri Roster: Proven with Potential
Speed and consistency. That’s the name of the game in triathlon, and that’s the defining characteristic of Zipp®’s power-packed 2019 roster of officially sponsored pro triathletes. The lineup is a blending of established champions along with up and coming talents.
Zipp’s 22-athlete roster includes multiple multi-time World Champions and Olympic medal winners. Jan Frodeno and Sebastien Kienle, both of Germany, have both won Kona and 70.3® world titles. Frodeno, the current 70.3® Word Champ, is returning to form after a stress fracture kept him from racing at Kona. Australian Mirinda Carfrae, a three-time Kona champ, is a contender in any event with her experience and stellar running game. This is her second season back after taking time off to have a baby. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain continues his foray into long-distance races, while brother Jonathan Brownlee (also a two-time Olympic medalist) remains a top performer in ITU® events.
Australia’s tri power couple, Ashleigh Gentle (Olympic distance) and Josh Amberger (long distance), will look for breakout performances this year. Last season, Gentle took a spring finish victory at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final Gold Coast. Amberger continued to gain experience at the full Ironman® distance.
After making a transition from ITU to long distance, Canadian Paula Findley announced her arrival with a win at Ironman® St. George 70.3®. Australian Melissa Hauschildt has shown tenacity battling back from injuries the past couple of seasons, so watch for “Mel” this season. Sarah Crowley is off to a quick start this year, winning the Hell of the West Triathlon in her native Australia while setting a course record. Others to watch include, in long course, Matt Hanson (USA), Sarah Haskins (USA) Andi Boecherer (Germany), and Maja Stage Nielson (Denmark), and, in ITU, Non Stanford of Great Britain. Zipp also returns for another season with pro cyclist-turned triathlete Andrew Talansky.
Partnerships Build on Speed
These athletes rely on Zipp NSW® and Firecrest® wheels for best in class aerodynamic efficiency and crosswind stability. Zipp wheels are available for rim or disc brakes, easing the transition over to disc-brake bikes by most professional triathletes. The Zipp wheels also come with the option for the XDR driver body for use with SRAM® RED® eTap® AXS®.
Go-to tri Speed Weapons:
- 808 and 404 NSW Disc and rim brake. Pro proven at our most popular tri rim depths (82mm for 808 and 58mm for 404).
Even the fastest bike isn’t aero if the rider does not stay in the aero position. That’s way Zipp works with a fit-first philosophy in developing the new VukaAero cockpit and Vuka Carbon Evo 70 and 110Extensions used by many of our pros. Our ITU athletes rely on Zipp Service Course bars, stems, and seatposts as well as our carbon SL Speed and SL Sprint stems and SL-70 Aero bars.
Full 2019 Zipp Pro Tri Roster
Josh Amberger (Australia)
Andi Boecherer (Germany)
Alistair Brownlee (Great Britain)
Mirinda Carfrae (Australia)
Haley Chura (United States)
Sara Crowley (Australia)
Alissa Doehle (United States)
Paula Findlay (Canada)
Jan Frodeno, Jan (Germany)
Matt Hanson (United States)
Sarah Haskins (United States)
Melissa Hauschildt (Australia)
Nick Kastelein (Australia)
Sebastien Kienle (Germany
Jake Montgomery (Australia)
Annabel Luxford (Australia)
Maja Stage Nielson (Denmark)
Andrew Talansky (United States)
Jake Birtwhistle (Australia)
Jonathan Brownlee (Great Britain)
Ashleigh Gentle (Australia)
Non Stanford (Great Britain)
Photo by Melissa Gladman Photography