Cyclocross fans, meet one of the coolest new racing squads on the scene: Team Gates Carbon Drive, the first ever belt-drive singlespeed squad. The team made its debut at Cross Vegas last week and got a nice mention from Cyclocross Magazine, which wrote a story about the new team. Team Gates Carbon Drive is racing on Spot Mod frames decked out with Easton wheels and FSA components. The team is competing in Colorado’s ACA league, and will appear at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships in late October. Team Gates Carbon Drive is already off to a fast start. The squad bagged the top five spots at Alpha Crosson Sunday, with Mitch Westall finishing first followed by Carlos Casali, Ben Ollett, Garrett Davis and Derek Strong. One day earlier, Casali took first place and Ollett fifth in the Boulder CX Series race No. 1. For more race reports and team insights, check out the blog of team rider Brian Hutchison, aveteran 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 Colorado’s Best Singlespeed Cyclocross Rider in 2009. In 2008 he was Colorado State Champ in singlespeed. Stay tuned for more excitement as the Gates squad belts it out with the competition this season and tries to unchain the competition at SSCXWC.
Team Gates Carbon Drive Bikes and Spec:
Frames: Spot Brand Mod steel (stay tuned for news of an exciting new bike sponsorship this fall with a leading international brand)
DriveTrain: Gates CDX
Wheels: Easton, EA90SLX
Bars, Stems, Posts: FSA SLK
Cranks: FSA Energy
BB: FSA Mega EXO