Tom Zirbel is back racing after his recent suspension. At the SRAM Tour of the Gila he raced with the Hotel San Jose team, but when his bike broke on stage 2, he was quickly aboard a Jamis road bike. Soon after Jamis-Sutter Home announced that they had signed the big time trial specialist and he would line up at the Amgen Tour of California with the squad.
His debut in Jamis colors was a bit lackluster in California. His time trial in Solvang was derailed when his seat post slipped. But Zirbel is off to Greenville, South Carolina, this weekend for the U.S. pro championships, where he’ll try to win the time trial stars ‘n stripes jersey that has narrowly alluded him for years.
Here’s a gallery of the machine he’ll ride, a Jamis Xenith T2. Jamis clearly targets the triathlon market with its Xenith T2 (even the name alludes to the transitions in triathlon. T2 is the switch from bike to run). It also shows very clearly in the amount of setback that Zirbel runs in order to get UCI legal.