Gates Carbon Drive to Form First All Belt Drive Single Speed Cross Team
Hot on the wheels of Gate’s announcement of their latest generation ofÂ carbon belt drive, now comes the formulation of the first ever all-belt drive single speed cyclocross team. The team will enter its inaugural race next week at Cross Vegas, and then go on to race the ACA Colorado Circuit, with further plans for world domination at the SSCXWC in October.
Currently the team will be on Spot Mod Steel frames, but look for a future frame sponsorship in the fall to bring some carbon cross frames to the table. Also supporting the team are Easton wheels, and FSA components. Easton will be equipping the single speeds with their top of the line aluminum EA90SLX wheelset to handle rigors of not only singlespeeding, but the cross circuit as well. FSA will take on the majority of the component duties offering up their best stems, bars, seatposts, cranks and bottom brackets.
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Team Gates Carbon Driveâ„¢ will debut at CrossVegas, then belt it out on the ACA Colorado circuit–with plans to unchain the competition at SSCXWC in October
(Denver, Sept. 16, 2010) â€“ Hoping to grow the popularity of singlespeed cyclocross racing, Gates Carbon Driveâ„¢ Systems has created Team Gates Carbon Driveâ„¢: the first belt-drive singlespeed cyclocross squad in the history of the universe. The team will make its debut at CrossVegas, Sept. 22, and will compete in Coloradoâ€™s ACA league this season.
â€œWe are really excited to field this team and get out and mix it up with the competition on these beautiful belt-drive bikes,â€ says Todd Sellden, Director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. â€œThis is the first time in the history of civilization that there will be an entire cyclocross team racing on bikes with Carbon Drive. We are going to turn some heads for sure and win some converts to the belt drive brigade.â€ The lightweight, strong andÂ clean Carbon Drives, which weigh less than chain drives and are designed to shed mud and slop, will provide a nice advantage on foul weather days, Sellden adds.
The team, which will race on the Gates CDX drivetrain, will start the season riding on Spot Brand Mod frames. Later in the fall Gates plans to announce a partnership with a leading bike maker to race on their carbon fiber cyclocross frames. Stay tuned!
Primary sponsors include Easton Cycling, whose EA90SLX wheel sets will provide sure-footedness on rough and sloppy race courses, and FSA, whose high-performance bars, stems, posts, cranks and bottom brackets will power Team Gates Carbon Drive to glory.
â€œGates wants to give a huge shout-out to Easton for sponsoring us with their category leading wheelsets,â€ says Frank Scurlock, Global Business Development Director for Gates Carbon Drive Systems. â€œLikewise, FSAâ€™s sponsorship shows that they see a bright future in the singlespeed cyclocross scene.â€
The team roster includes Brian Hutchison, Carlos Casali, Derek Strong, Mitch Westall, Ben Ollett and Garrett Davis. Hutchison is a veteran singlespeeder with numerous podium finishes including firsts in the singlespeed category at Cult Cross, Pikes Peak Supercross, Frisco Cross, Velocross Boulder, as well as winning the title of Coloradoâ€™s Best Singlespeed Cyclocross Rider in 2009. In 2008 he was Colorado State Champ in singlespeed.
In the teamâ€™s inaugural race at CrossVegas, several Gates employees including Brad Marshall and Pete Thompson, who last year won the 35- plus open category in Michigan, will toe the line for Team Gates Carbon Drive. In addition to Cross Vegas and the ACA schedule, Team Gates Carbon Drive plans to belt it out with the competition at the always rowdy Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships in Seattle in October.
Team Gates Carbon Drive Bikes and Spec:
- Frames: Spot Brand Mod steel (stay tuned for news of a new bike sponsorship this fall)
- DriveTrain: Gates CDX
- Wheels: Easton, EA90SLX
- Bars, Stems, Posts: FSA SLK
- Cranks: FSA Energy
- BB: FSA Mega EXO