2018 SRAM Global Tri Roster
New and Returning Stars
SRAM makes key additions to its already star-packed global pro triathlon roster for 2018.
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Top, Kienle, bottom photo, Luxford. © BrakeThrough Media
Heavy hitters include multi-time world champs Jan Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle, both of Germany. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain and brother Jonathan Brownlee, also an ITU World Champion return as well. Alistair's stellar foray into long-course triathlon was cut short by injury last year, so watch for motivated performances from him in 2018. Three-time Ironman® world champ and longtime SRAM, Zipp, and Quarq athlete Mirinda Carfrae of Australia returns to competition after having a baby.
Australians Josh Amberger and Jake Montgomery are poised for breakthrough seasons. Melissa Hauschildt and Annabel Luxford, of Australia, are top threats in 70.3® and Ironman® events. Ashleigh Gentle of Australia is a top performer in Olympic distance races. Other returning pros are Jake Birtwhistle (AUS), Andi Boecherer (GER), Matt Hanson (USA), Sarah Haskins (USA), Non Stanford (GBR) and Nick Kastelien (AUS).
Former professional runner Alissa Doehla
New Faces, Some Familiar
American Andrew Talansky's entry into long-distance triathlon is one of the sport's most intriguing storylines for 2018. Talansky, nicknamed "Pit Bull," retired last year from a highly successful cycling career highlighted with top 10 finishes in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España and overall victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné. Talansky, a strong time trialist, will focus on long-distance events.
Other newcomers to SRAM and Zipp's triathlon roster include one of the sport's emerging stars, Australian Sarah Crowley. A certified accountant, she is now fully focused on triathlon and already has won the ITU Long Course World Championship, Ironman® European and Asia Pacific Championships and placed third at last year's Ironman® World Championship.
Denmark's Maja Stage Nielsen, 12th in her debut at Kona, also joins our roster. Also, American Haley Chura, one of the stronger swimmers on the Ironman® circuit, returns to our roster. SRAM and Zipp also welcome American Alissa Doehla, a former professional runner. Doehla was named USA Triathlon's Women's Rookie of the Year in 2017. Kaisa Sali (Finland), fifth at Kona last year and Ironman® South Africa champion, is also new onboard.
What They're Riding
SRAM RED® eTap® is a foundational shifting technology for our sponsored pros. Shifting is achieved with SRAM eTap Clics™, BlipGrips™, and Blips™ for versatile setup options and shifting from both the base bars and aero extensions.
Other groupset options include SRAM RED mechanical and Force 1. SRAM athletes also are at the forefront of the emergence of disc brakes for triathletes, with the availability of SRAM RED eTap HRD.
Wheels and Aerobars
Zipp's Firecrest and NSW lineups, including the 454 and 858 NSW wheels, and Super-9 provide our athletes with every available aero option. These are available in rim or disc-brake versions.
Zipp sponsored triathletes also will ride:
- Vuka Aero: an integrated aero bar that can be used with any stem to help you find your ideal position on the bike.
- Vuka Evo and Vuka Race extensions: fit-driven shapes to help you dial in your position.
- Vuka Fit software tool and App: designed to apply a rider's fit coordinates to Zipp aerobars.
- For ITU, Zipp Service Course SL alloy and Zipp SL Speed carbon bars, stems and seatposts provide more options for better rider fit and best-in-class durability, performance and stiffness-to-weight ratios.
Most all of our pro triathletes rely on Quarq's RED DZero power meter.