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Oceanside 70.3 Pre-Race
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Mirinda Carfrae is currently riding the same Felt DA she had in Kona, complete with most of the same parts we detailed in our feature on that bike. But there are some notable differences, including a 650c Zipp disc! We originally thought this might be a new product, but it may simply be Zipp's '840' disc, which has existed in 650c for a while.
Mirinda Carfrae is currently riding the same Felt DA she had in Kona, complete with most of the same parts we detailed in our feature on that bike. But there are some notable differences, including a 650c Zipp disc! We originally thought this might be a new product, but it may simply be Zipp's '840' disc, which has existed in 650c for a while.

We stopped by the Oceanside expo for a second little go-round. And with the race just hours away, there were a lot of pros on the scene attending the media conference, signing autographs, and getting their bikes tuned up for optimal performance tomorrow. Enjoy the gallery! We'll be back tomorrow for race-day goodness.



  • Mirinda Carfrae is currently riding the same Felt DA she had in Kona, complete with most of the same parts we detailed in our feature on that bike. But there are some notable differences, including a 650c Zipp disc! We originally thought this might be a new product, but it may simply be Zipp's '840' disc, which has existed in 650c for a while.
  • Up front, Rinny's 650c bike was dressed in Zipp's 404 Firecrest 650c, which is now available to the public..
  • Rinny's front end is neatly cabled, and the various housings held together with shrink wrap. Tidy!
  • Rinny is running the Adamo Podium saddle, finally swapping out her old Fizik for a nice split-nose model.
  • Luke McKenzie has a brand new Scott Plasma 3 with easily my favorite paint scheme of that bike to date. Matte black, with gloss black logos. Beautiful.
  • A SRAM mechanic works on McKenzie's bike, getting it primed for tomorrow.
  • McKenzie is using some pretty high-rise S-bend extensions on his 3T bars.
  • This is a bit of a convoluted setup to get his BTA bottle cage in position, but maybe that was the easiest way to get it there.
  • McKenzie has his Garmin mount right up front, just aft of the Zipp R2C shifters.
  • The only bit of color on Luke's frame comes from the sharktooth decal on the stem.
  • Stealthy!
  • Wattie Ink athletes Heather Jackson and Ben Hoffman were signing autographs for their adoring fans.
  • Thanks for the autograph, Hoff!
  • It's tough to find Heather Jackson without that winning smile on her face. Good luck tomorrow, Heather!
  • Zipp had several more Vuka Stealth bars in their booth, in various stages of assembly. The naked bar is actually rather light.
  • Here's a closeup of the hardware interface of the Vuka Stealth.
  • Here's a Vuka Stealth with the hardware attached. Zipp had little cardboard 'extensions' in the hardware, making it easy for to play with the setup and see how the mechanisms work. They are basically identical to the Vuka Alumina hardware we reviewed last year.
  • This shows one way to get low on the Vuka Stealth.

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