“SRAM equips our bikes with componentry that works, and that I ultimately dont have to think about, and that is the greatest compliment you can pay your equipment,” said Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon). Small chose to ride the 53 chainring, and maintain a higher cadence, after previewing the rolling course.The quiet Zirbel was excited to stand atop a podium where he was second three times.
SRAM equipped athletes took four of the top five in the men’s TT, and nine out of ten for the women.
The Road Races were a bit of the old and the new. For the women, Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Health p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) continued her rise with her first national road title in only her second year as a professional. The 35 year-old sophomore only quit her full-time job to go pro last year. Showing the experience of a seasoned vet, Wilcoxson attacked in the flat closing kilometers for photo perfect solo win ahead of teammate Lauren Hall. The top five were all SRAM RED equipped.
Taking his fourth title, in his 16th year, only two weeks after signing a contract with SRAM sponsored Jelly Belly, long time pro Freddy Rodriguez (Jelly Belly) will once again don the stars and stripes. “Fast Freddie,” known for his tactical savvy and sprinting prowess, proved that making the leap to SRAM is incredibly easy, and won his first race on SRAM RED with a perfectly timed sprint ahead of a small group that collected in the closing circuits.