Champions Count on Quarq for 2014/2015 Season
Starting with the furious sprint off the line, cyclocross demands high intensity all the time. Success requires that athletes know, and use, their powers to the maximum of their ability. That’s where Quarq power meters provide an advantage. For the 2014-2015, Quarq is proud to announce its largest-ever global roster of pro cyclocross teams and athletes headlined by world and national champions.
The Quarq lineup features U.S. National Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus Racing), who is looking for success in Europe as well as the American circuit. UCI Cyclocross World Champion Zdenek Stybar uses Quarq power meters as part of Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling. Also relying on Quarq are several members of the perennial Belgian-based power Telenet Fidea Cycling Team including CX legend Bart Wellens. Other top athletes riding Quarq this cyclocross season include U23 World Champion Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace), Kaitlin Antonneau, Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Elle Anderson (KDL Cycling Team), U23 U.S. National Champion Logan Owen (California Giant/Specialized) and Danny Summerhill (K-Edge/Felt).
These top pros will be counting on the cutting-edge combination of SRAM Force CX1 1X11 drivetrain paired with the precise power measurement of the Quarq Elsa R power meter. Leaving nothing between muscle and measurement, the Quarq Elsa R power meter is adaptable, lightweight, and strong for the demands of cyclocross with +/- 1.5% accuracy. Power Balance™ captures left and right drive strokes, and Exogram™ Hollow Carbon crank arms minimize weight and maximize speed.
“For the first time this summer, I was able to record all my training data with a Quarq power meter,” said Anderson, who will be based in Belgium this season. “Training with my Quarq has allowed me to gain valuable metrics and analyze my fitness heading into cyclocross season. This access to my power data is a powerful tool that I wouldn’t want to be without.”
Quarq Power Coach Gord Fraser said the knowledge provided by a power meter is crucial to success in modern-day cyclocross. “You see the demands of a ’cross race – it’s very violent. You need a reliable, durable and accurate power meter to analyze that,” said Fraser, former Canadian professional racer and three-time Olympian. “A key stat you’ll see is how many surges at certain watts per kilogram levels you’re making during a race. You’d probably be surprised how many surges you’re making during a race. Once you get that count, you can start replicating that number and intensity during training to be ready for race day. That can only be done by a good download of a Quarq file.”
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