If you’re curious about the range of SRAM’s new XX1 group, or think that it’s just a fad for the Enduro crowd, think again. The XX1 group took down every medal at the 2012 Olympics in London this year. Here’s the story of the race:
On Sunday, August 12th, Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic Specialized) became the new XC Champion in London, after one of the most exciting races of the year. Right off the start Kulhavy got in the lead group with Nino Schurter (Switzerland Scott Swisspower) and Marco Aurelio Fontana (Italy Cannondale Factory Team).
Their Bike Setups:
GOLD Jaroslav Kulhavy-SRAM XX1, RockShox SID 29, Avid BlackBox brakes
SILVER Nino Schurter-SRAM XX1, Avid BlackBox brakes
BRONZE Marco Aurelio Fontana-SRAM XX and X0 TYPE 2, Avid BlackBox brakes
The three riders pushed hard and established a gap on the rest of the field, but the race was far from over. Both Jaroslav and Nino had chosen the new SRAM XX1 drivetrain, an ideal weapon for the course in Hadleigh Farm. Each of the riders in the leading trio took turns on the front, riding on the edge through the climbs and the descents. With less than a lap to go, Fontana lost his saddle and seatpost, allowing Kulhavy and Schurter to break away.
A sprint finish was inevitable, but Kulhavy motored away in the last two corners edging Schurter for gold. Fontana soldiered on and crossed the line in 3rd, making this a SRAM podium sweep.