Mirinda Carfrae is the 2010 Ironman Hawaii World Champion. In 2011, she came in second place behind Chrissie Wellington, who has not come back to defend this year. So for 2012, we think it's fair to say that Rinny is the defending champ. She sat down with TriRig for an exclusive interview about her year, her form, and her new Felt DA bicycle. Check out the video interview in the article, and our gallery of her stunning bike below. Her sponsors, especially Felt, Zipp, and SRAM, have demonstrated a commitment to helping her achieve her optimal position aboard the uncommonly-small 650c size. There are some special bits on the bike related directly to this goal, as well as some prototype parts that may reflect the future of the components on her rig. Make sure to check out the captions for all the inside info.
One of the very cool prototype bits on Rinny's bike are these SRAM R2C shifters, which feature a different blade shape. The blade is slightly wider than the original version, but just as thin. This might be a way to give people more surface area with which to grip the blades, without resorting to the big bulb shape used on the Zipp version of the shifters.