Taylor Knibb joins Trek Factory Racing for 2022 and beyond – Elite News

If there was a ‘Breakthrough Top Athlete’ of the 2021 season, at least in the women’s ranks, there is unlikely to be too much argument with this award given to Taylor Knibb.


Breakthrough… but not “new”

That’s not to say the Cornell University psychology grad popped up suddenly and out of the blue. Far from it, she had a distinguished resume before the calendar reached 2021.

A three-time world champion already at the junior (2016, 2017) and U23 (2018) levels, Knibb was already on the path to success at the highest level, with a World Triathlon Series podium at the senior level to her credit, in 2017 (Edmonton). However, 2021 would make the world stand out – both its results and its moto…

It will be New Bike Day for Taylor Knibb for 2022

A whole year

With parallels perhaps to Lucy Charles-Barclay, what really stood out on Taylor Knibb’s list of results in 2021 was a combination of the quality and versatility of her runs. From legal super sprint distance to IRONMAN 70.3, she has raced with the best:

Taylor Swift(er) with Trek…

Of course, a big part of the discussion—because triathletes love gear—was the bike Taylor was mixing it up with the best in middle-distance racing on. Or more precisely, that he was not a triathlon/TT specific machine. Knibb rode his regular ITU road bike at all of his events.

At just 23 years old and starting in 2022, which will only be his second full season out of college, Knibb apparently has the potential to be one of the stars of the sport over the next decade. And without a bike sponsor in 2021, that has surely made her one of the most in-demand athletes for a brand to partner with in the future.

When we spoke to Taylor in September 2021, before her race at St George, she told us “but maybe and hopefully soon!” on its lack of a bike partner, to fill this gap in its portfolio of sponsors. Well, that has now been fulfilled by Trek, with the news that Taylor has joined the Trek Factory Racing triathlon team and, no doubt, the all-new Speed ​​Concept SLR will now be part of their bike arsenal for riders. races without a draft.

Taylor Knibb Trek Factory Racing 2022 (Photo credit: Kenny Withrow)
Taylor Knibb will have a new line of bikes in 2022 (Photo credit: Kenny Withrow)

Having also recently signed another IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship medalist, Sam Long, Trek demonstrates a significant and ongoing commitment to the future of triathlon.

“I wanted to create partnerships and relationships now that I could see lasting my entire career,” Knibb says of this new bond with Trek, and while the passage of time will tell on this, for both parties, it I don’t feel an unreasonable goal right now. Look at Red Bull for example, they have made identifying the right talent and their lifetime loyalty their hallmark.

At 23, Knibb is certainly not the finished article – “…my race is not quite where I want it to be to win races if I get off the bike with 30 other women” – but as of its lone 2021 season, the triathlon world is seemingly its oyster at any distance and format over the next 10 years. Given her racing style, it’s fair to say that she’ll also be earning plenty of airtime ahead of events for years to come.

A partnership that makes sense

Taylor Knibb Trek Speed ​​Concept Bike (Photo Credit: Kenny Withrow)
Taylor Knibb shows off Trek’s Speed ​​Concept bike (Photo credit: Kenny Withrow)

With quality bikes to cover every format (even XTERRA, should Knibb wish to expand its repertoire further) and a decades-long association with the sport, Knibb looks set to ensure it won’t be left behind in terms moving cycling equipment. cheeky.

For Trek, partnering early with an athlete who has the potential to play in the sport, in multiple formats, for a decade or more (and who already happens to be one of the strongest cyclists out there) is apparently a foundation. very solid from which to ‘invest’.

All in all, a win-win situation for Taylor Knibb and Trek, I would say.

“I would really like to come back to Worlds 70.3 and improve my running, both from an execution perspective and how I prepare for it,” Knibb says ahead of this season.

It’s a revenge with Lucy Charles-Barclay, we can’t wait to see. And this time, she won’t be bringing a water gun to a shootout!

ST GEORGE, UTAH - SEPTEMBER 18: Women's Pro Race winners;  first place Lucy Charles-Barclay of England (middle), second place Jeanni Metzler of South Africa (left) and third place Taylor Knibb of the United States (right) pose after the IRONMAN World Championship 70.3 on September 18, 2021 in St George, Utah.
Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images for IRONMAN
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