A young boy proudly clutched a poster featuring photos and autographs of 14 SRAM-sponsored cyclocross pros. Jeremy Powers. Elle Anderson. Ryan Trebon. Kaitie Antonneau. They were all at the SRAM-Zipp Cyclocross Clinic this month at the Indy Cycloplex in Indianapolis.
The event offered cyclocross enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels a chance to learn from the pros on the Indianapolis course before heading inside to get autographs and just hang out. It was the climax of what has become a November tradition of hosting our pro cyclocross racers for a day of activities at our Indianapolis SRAM and Zipp facility.
This year’s visit was Nov. 11. The athletes tour the Zipp factory, recorded a series of videos (watch for those soon!) and took part in detailed product discussions with SRAM and Zipp engineers and product managers before heading to the Cycloplex for the free cyclocross clinic.
It all started about four years ago with an idea of inviting a couple of pro athletes to visit the Zipp factory in Indy while they were in the Midwest for races in Cincinnati and Louisville. We decided to host a clinic because cyclocross is growing and is so still intensive. We also found that our athletes are so approachable and down to earth that most are really willing to share in an effort to grow the sport.
By 2010, SRAM and Zipp were jumping into cyclocross in a big way. More athletes came to Indy, and the clinic grew. This month’s clinic drew roughly 50 cyclocross fans and racers, including many student-cyclists from the Marian University Cycling Team.
Taking part in this year’s visit to Indy were Rapha Focus’ Jeremy Powers; Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com’s Ryan Trebon, Curtis While and Kaitie Antonneau; Cal Giant-Specialized’s Meredith Miller, Elle Anderson, Logan Owen, Cody Kaiser, Yannick Eckmann and Tobin Ortenblad; Felt / K-Edge’s Danny Summerhill; Giant Factory Team’s Adam Craig and Josh Johnson; and Marin-Spy’s Nicole Duke.