Two-time Kona winner Chris “Macca” McCormack (AUS) has been a SRAM athlete since 2008. He remains one of the most formidable triathletes ever and has established himself as a legend in the sport, continuing to draw crowds wherever he goes. Macca is a strong favorite for the 2012 IM World Championships, with the field being declared as open as it’s ever been, and spent a few minutes visiting with SRAM in Kona.
The main thing he noted was his more scientific approach to his riding, with greater attention to balancing his pedaling cadence vs his power. “I will race with the SRAM RED Quarq power meter, it will tell me everything I need to know.” Its McCormack’s his first season training with a power meter and he will look to hold 90 rpms throughout the race and take advantage of his power. “The return tailwind section from Hawi is when I need to push it, having the Quarq (power meter) can help me gauge my effort to perfection.”
Macca is racing all new SRAM RED-2012 groupset which was introduced globally in February. “I shift a lot and the new YAW R2C aero shifter is even easier to actuate, and the trimless front shifting is awesome. SRAM RED (2012) does everything a gruppo is supposed to, my bike is perfect.” McCormack’s YAW R2C (return to center) aero shifters feature a custom prototype bulb shapedlever.
He most recently won the ITU Long Course World Championships on RED-2012. “I’ve got a pretty good record on this new gruppo with my win at the World Championship, and I want to keep it going.”
Best of luck to Macca in Kona.