Oct 13, 2010 article & images by Nick Salazar

Helmet duties are given to the Spiuk Kronos, and Lieto wears the Oakley Radar XL on the bike, shown here with Positive Red lenses.
Helmet duties are given to the Spiuk Kronos, and Lieto wears the Oakley Radar XL on the bike, shown here with Positive Red lenses.

This year, the men's fastest bike time was posted by Chris Lieto, riding Trek's much sought-after Speed Concept 9-series. His teammate Julie Dibens, with the 2nd-fastest bike split for the women, set her rig up in a nearly identical way. Both Dibens and Lieto were the first back into T2, flying in well ahead of their competitors.


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  • For two years in a row, Chris Lieto has set a blazing time on the bike on his Trek Speed Concept.
  • Lieto uses a custom aero bottle setup in the front: it's a Bontrager aero bottle bolted directly to his Speed Concept stem.  Trek makes this custom for him.  He's also running Zipp R2C shifters rather than his usual SRAM version.
  • Lieto also runs a single standard cage underneath his saddle, pointing almost straight back.
  • Helmet duties are given to the Spiuk Kronos, and Lieto wears the Oakley Radar XL on the bike, shown here with Positive Red lenses.
  • Like many athletes, Chris chooses to use cycling shoes rather than tri-specific ones.  These are the DMT Radial shoes.  A list of names appears near his BB shell, with his family members named in red.
  • Julie Dibens was first into T2 aboard her Speed Concept rig set up almost identically to her teammate Lieto's bike.
  • It looks like Dibens' Bontrager bottle has been set up to be refillable by dumping straight in the top, where the bottle nipple used to be.  She runs SRAM's R2C shifters.
  • Although Julie has a cage underneath her saddle like Lieto, she also had standard cages on the frame, and appeared to be using those instead.
  • Dibens chose to ride with a standard vented helmet rather than her usual aero one, presumably for comfort.
  • Dibens was wearing Bontrager's Hilo tri shoe.

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