Triathlon stars including Jan Frodeno, Sebastian Kienle, Mirinda Carfrae and Alistair Brownlee are just a few of the big names who will be using SRAM components and riding Zipp wheels in 2018.
March 6, 2018 | GEAR|
A who's who list of triathlon stars will be on SRAM components, Zipp wheels and use Quarq power meters in 2018, including Ironman world champions Jan Frodeno (GER), Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), along with two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee (GBR).
Alistair's brother Jonathan is also part of the SRAM squad, along with last year's runner up in the WTS series, Ashleigh Gentle (AUS). Other returning SRAM pros include Australians Josh Amberger, Jake Montgomery, Melissa Hauschildt, Annabel Luxford, Jake Birtwhislte and Nick Kastelien. Other returning pros include Andi Boecherer (GER), Matt Hanson (USA), Non Stanford (GBR) and Sarah Haskins (USA).
There are some interesting additions to the roster this year, too. American Andrew Talansky has moved on after a huge cycling career that included 10 Tour de France finishes and a win at the Criterium du Dauphine and has set his sights on making it to Kona this year. Last year's ITU long distance world champion, Australian Sarah Crowley (who also took the Ironman European and Asia Pacific championships and finished third in Kona), has also signed on with SRAM. Other new signees include Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN), Haley Chura (USA), Alissa Doehla (USA) and Kais Sali (FIN).
The athletes will mostly be riding SRAM's Red eTap components, although, as you'll see in the chart below, a few will be on Force 1x and SRAM's Red mechanical gruppos, too. They will use a combination of Zipp's Firecrest and NSW wheels including the 454 and 858 NSW wheels and Super-9 disc, all of which are available in rim or disc-brake versions. Most will us Quarq's Red DZero power meter.