Clearwater, FL)—Fresh off her dominant win in the Xterra World Championships 2 weeks ago, Trek- and Bontrager-sponsored athlete Julie Dibens won her second World Title this month at the 70.3 World Championships on Saturday. As the first woman to break 4 hours in the 70.3 distance, Dibens took charge of the race early in the bike leg and quickly built an insurmountable lead. Holding off Team Timex’s Mary Beth Ellis, a Olympic 3-time silver medalist, and Canadian superstar runner Magali Tisseyre, Dibens became the first athlete in history to win both the Xterra and 70.3 World Championships in the same year.
Riding a Prototype Trek Speed Concept, Dibens dominated the bike portion of the course and established her lead with a blistering 2:07 bike split.
“I knew I had the advantage on the bike, and I really looked to capitalize on it,” said Dibens. “I just felt like I was flying out there. I almost felt guilty to have such an advantage over the other girls.”
The same aero design that helped propel Alberto Contador to victory in the 2009 Tour de France and that allowed Chris Lieto to set the bike course standard at the World Ironman Championships in Kona, the Speed Concept is the latest anabasis of American bicycle manufacturer Trek.
“Athletes commit every ounce of energy to preparing for these races. We see it as our responsibility to offer them every advantage possible,” said Tyler Pilger, Trek’s Road and Triathlon Project Manager. “The Speed Concept is truly the fastest bicycle we have ever produced.”
Expected to be released for the 2011 model year, the Speed Concept utilizes automotive aerodynamic technologies and unprecedented component integration. “The bike capitalizes on its ability to maintain aerodynamic advantage in side winds to set a new standard for bicycle aerodynamics,” added Pilger.
Dibens’ Speed Concept bike was supported by a Prototype Bontrager SC RXL seatpost, stem, and handlebar, as well as a 90mm deep Bontrager Aeolus 9.0 front wheel while Dibens proudly sported a custom pair of Bontrager RXL Hilo WSD shoes. The custom decal on her rear HED disc wheel displayed two stylized ponies and was inscribed with the words “Not a One Trick Pony.”
“People who saw that wheel kept telling me that I must really have something to prove,” said Dibens, “but, I’ve always known that I could win both [Xterra and 70.3 World Championship] races. I’m simply ecstatic about the result. I’m thankful for everyone involved, and proud to be representing Trek and Bontrager.”
“A third Xterra World title and now the 70.3 Championships? That’s pretty exciting news for us here at Bontrager. We’re dedicated to speed and we are proud to be part of another Championship,” remarked Chris Clinton, Bontrager’s Hard Goods Brand Manager.
Dibens, who resides in Boulder, Colorado hails from Bath, England.