Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wilier Ironman Champions

Kate Major

“Major” Kate is a fixture of top women’s triathlon, as well as a perennial podium finisher – including at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. She is well respected for being strong in each of the three disciplines. In her work with aerodynamicist and biomechanics expert John Cobb, she became a superior triathlete by focusing on better bike positioning in order to be fresher for the run.

Career Highlights

Multiple-time Ironman Champion (IMAZ 2005, IM LAKE PLACID 2004) & 3-time Ironman World Championship podium.

Kate has completed 18 Ironman events and never finished off the podium in a professional Ironman race outside Hawaii.


3rd place – Ironman Arizona

2nd place – Ironman Coeur d’Alene

4th place – Geelong 70.3

5th – Singapore 70.3

8th – New Orleans 70.3


1st – Ironman Boise 70.3

2nd – Ironman Australia

Why Kate Chose the Cento1 Crono

“The combination of John Cobb's design, Wilier's technology and the brand’s heritage makes for the perfect catalyst. I think it’s the world’s fastest, most responsive TT bike. The Ferrari red colour and Italian flag-highlights emphasize its sophisticated lines – it’s beautiful and yearns to be ridden. And ridden fast!”

2010 Objectives

“The two big races for me this year are Ford Ironman St. George (Utah) and Kona.”

Chris McDonald

Chris “Big Sexy” McDonald is one of triathlon’s hardest-working athletes and is also an accomplished bike racer. He has set multiple course records and is all about efficient cycling technique in order to be fast on the bike while being strong in all three disciplines. Now respected as one of triathlon’s better cyclists, Chris worked for years to become a good bike handler. One of the things he likes best about his Wilier, in addition to the brand’s illustrious heritage and the Cento1 Crono’s pure speed, is that it rides as well as any road bike.

Career Highlights

Multiple course & bike split record holder


3rd place – Ironman St. George

2nd place/Fastest bike split – Ironman 70.3 China


1st place/New course record – Challenge Wanaka

1st place/New bike course record/New course record – Super Frog 70.3

1st place/New bike course record – Rockman 70.3

5th place/Fastest bike split – Ironman Wisconsin


1st Place/New Course Record – Ironman Wisconsin

2nd Place/New Bike Course Record – Ironman Louisville

4th Place – Challenge Roth

Why Chris Chose the Cento1 Crono

“What I love most about my Cento1 Crono is the way it rides – I could not be happier. It climbs and descends like a road bike and is very fast in a straight line. It has the best of all worlds put into a sexy looking bike.”

Chris’s 2010 Objectives

“My biggest events this year will be Ironman Coeur d’Alene and the Ford Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. My ambitions are to always be consistent and to be in contention for the win every time I race.”

Hillary Biscay

One of professional triathlon’s most prolific competitors, Hillary Biscay is indefatigable. She spends most of her bike training time on a time trial bike, so it must be lightweight, fast and comfortable. When looking for the ideal athlete to showcase our Tri-Crono – a bike designed and priced to help any rider be faster and more confident – Hillary seemed the ideal champion. The Tri-Crono boasts virtually the same aerodynamic sculpting as the Cento1 Crono based on thousands of hours of wind tunnel testing and the latest research in waveform dynamics.

Career Highlights

The first triathlete to achieve six top-5 placings at Ironman events in a single season


3rd place – Ironman Malaysia


3rd place – Challenge Wanaka

6th place – Ironman China

5th place – Ironman Lanzarote Canarias

5th place – Ironman Japan

3rd place – Ironman Wisconsin

3rd place – Challenge Barcelona-Maresme


1st place – Ironman Wisconsin

Why Hillary Chose the Tri-Crono

"In the past few months, I've been cycling better than ever on my Wilier Tri-Crono. It is an exceptionally fast and comfortable ride and I really think it is playing an essential part in taking my cycling to the next level."

Hillary’s 2010 Objectives

"I started off the 2010 season on my new Wilier with a third-place finish at Ironman Malaysia. I have seven more Ironmans on the calendar for this year and my goal is to record as many podium finishes as possible."