BIG FLATS, NY – Stan’s NoTubes is proud to announce the second season of their Elite Cyclocross Team. The team is comprised of men and women with a number of impressive cyclocross wins among them. Member and team manager Shannon Gibson (Durango, Colo.) is joined by returning teammates Kathy Sherwin (Heber City, Utah); Kenny Wehn (Durango, Colo.); and Jake Wells (Avon, Colo.). Newcomer Mical Dyck (Victoria, British Columbia) has claimed the fifth spot on the squad.
“Despite it being our inaugural year, our team functioned like a well-oiled machine last season,” said Gibson. “We proudly represented our sponsors at domestic UCI events, World Cups, Euro Cross Camp, Elite Nationals, Masters Nationals and Masters Worlds,” she added. With the addition of three-time Canadian National Team member Mical Dyck, the team is poised to have a great presence in Louisville, Ky. as the U.S. hosts both Masters and Elite World Championships for the first time ever.
The team will make their debut at CrossVegas in Las Vegas on Sept. 19, followed by a rigorous ‘cross season including U.S. Gran Prix races in Sun Prairie, Wis.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Louisville, Ky. and Bend, Ore. They will also be competing in the Canadian Nationals in Stevenson, British Columbia and the U.S. National Championships in Madison, Wis. Gibson will defend her 2012 Masters World Cyclocross Champion title at the championship race in January.
Always on the cutting edge, team title sponsor Stan’s NoTubes will provide their new cyclocross specific disc wheelset, Iron Cross. The team will partner the Iron Cross wheels with Ridley’s disc brake compatible X-Fire frames. Kenda, Rotor, Ritchey, SRAM, Lazer, Genuine Innovations, adidas eyewear, GU, fi’zi:k, TRP, Crankbrothers, Verge Sport, Showers Pass and Enduro Bearings have committed to support the team with the best in equipment, clothing and nutrition.
Released in July, the Iron Cross has a rim extrusion specifically designed with cyclocross in mind – wider than a normal road rim with the patented BST shape and wide bead seat area optimized for tubeless. “The ability to run a clincher tire at low pressure on Stan’s rims and swap tires quickly if conditions change makes
running tubulars obsolete,” said Gibson. “There’s no weight penalty, no tire pressure penalty, Stan’s sealant inside means punctures are sealed, and you only need one wheelset per bike.” Gibson adds that the new Iron Cross wheels may even withstand being run over by another rider, which was the only failure the team experienced in the 2011-2012 season.