This article was originally published on BikeRadar.
Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) isn't just a US national champion; she's a triple national champion holding concurrent road, criterium, and time trial titles and the first American rider (man or woman) to do so. Naturally, then, team sponsor Wilier Triestina has supplied the affable Coloradan with a custom painted Cento1SR to race on the road – and soon there will be a time trial rig to match.
Out of Wilier's trio of top road models, Powers' new Cento1SR seems a fitting choice for her all-around capabilities. The huge frame tubes are well bolstered for stiffness, there's a bit of aero shaping, and our own tests have proven it to be surprisingly comfortable. Chassis weight may not be the bike's strongest suit but perhaps save for the most mountainous races, it clearly hasn't held Powers back much.
Powers' bike is dressed with a capable, workhorse build that includes a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group and pedals, an all-aluminum Ritchey cockpit, and a crank-based power meter from new player Pioneer. Many of the accessories get in on the custom party, too, with red, white, and blue handlebar finishing tape; a blue anodized chain catcher and computer mount from K-Edge; and even a blue electronics box cover from Pioneer.
We caught up with Powers' bike while she was briefly home in between races so the bike was set up for training with Shimano RS-81 aluminum/carbon wheels and thick Maxxis clinchers. As a result, the bike is somewhat heavy at 8.08kg (17.81lb) as shown here but would be slightly lighter in proper race trim – plus, keep in mind that Powers rides an XL frame size.
While that extra material adds a few more grams, it also provides plenty of surface area for the fetching patriotic paint. And while color schemes like this can certainly be bought, they're far better when earned properly.
Wilier had a banner year in that sense, too, at least on the American front. In addition to Powers' wins, SmartStop rider Eric Marcotte also took home the men's road championship on a Wilier – and he's got a custom painted Zero.9.
"I love the paint job," Powers told BikeRadar. "I feel really special to get to ride that bike. I'm so happy and honored that Wilier sent me this and the new TT bike. Eric's better not be cooler than mine!"