LeMond Fitness has announced their sponsorship of Team Rapha Focus, one of North Americas premier professional cyclo-cross teams. LeMond Fitness will provide the team and its elite racing stars – Jeremy Powers, Zachary McDonald, Christopher Jones, and Julie Krasniak – with its Revolution trainers for the teams pre-race warm ups and indoor training activities.
Warm-up is more important in cyclo-cross than in any other cycling discipline, says Jeff Rowe, Rapha Focus team manager, because the rider has to go to maximum effort right off the line. Our riders do some openers on the course a couple of hours before their event, and then a solid hour on the Revolution trainer timed to end minutes before their call-up.
Cyclo-cross race wheels and tubular tires are not appropriate for use in traditional trainers, Rowe said. Using the Revolution, the rider gets a more stable platform, doesnt stress the wheel or frame unnaturally, doesnt wear out a tire, and can warm up on their race bike. We carry three Revolution trainers in the team truck and each rider has one at home. Our European Service Course is also LeMond-equipped. Team Rapha Focus chooses each of our partners with great care; the team at LeMond and their understanding and passion for cyclo-cross are the perfect fit for us.