That Rotwild bike Dave Wiens has raced at the Leadville Trail 100 the last few years will be replaced in 2011, when his Topeak-Ergon team switches to Canyon rigs.
While Wiens anchors the North American part of the German Topeak-Ergon squad, the European Topeak-Ergon Elite crew is loaded with world champions looking to repeat their exploits on new bikes in the new season.
The Elite Euro team includes Austrian Alban Lakata, current marathon world champion and Russian Irina Kalentieva, two-time cross-country world champion. Already successful on her Canyon is the Brit Sally Bigham, who just won the Absa Cape Epic as part of a duo women’s team.
Also winning this year was the 5-foot 1-inch Kalentieva, who won the Maremma Cup race in Massa Marittima on a specially made Grand Canyon CF — size XS.
“I won my first race of the season riding my new bike,” she said. “Is there a better way to start the new season?”
The Topeak Ergon team is one of the few teams who is given the UCI Elite status and do not have a bike brand as title sponsor. Canyon also sponsors the Omega Pharma-Lotto road squad.