The Lucero joins the QR line again after athletes demanded its return. The Lucero is now better-than-ever with improved aerodynamics thanks to revisions to the seat stays and seat clamp system. The fit is better and more accommodating, thanks to the slightly longer headtube. The components are better with an Ultegra/Dura Ace drive train and upgraded Shimano wheels. Why not make it better looking as well with a new graphics scheme for 2011?
The Lucero is back after an innovative frame rework that took place over the last year. This frame is identical to the Seduza. It includes an upgraded fork and component package.
- Carbon fiber steerer tube
- Taller headtube design
- Wind tunnel designed seatstays
- Dura Ace bar-end shifters
- Dura Ace bar-end rear derailleur
- Ultegra crankset and front derailleur
- Shimano RS-30 wheels
- Revised seat clamp design
- Taller headtube for better fit
- Available as complete bike only
- Sizes: XS (650c), S, M, L
CONTROLS Headset: FSA Orbit IS; Handlebar: Alloy; Aero bars: Vision Clip On; Stem: Quintana Roo; Saddle: Velo; Seat Post: Carbon Aero
DRIVETRAIN Front Derailleur: Ultegra; Rear Derailleur: Dura Ace; Shifters: Shimano; Cranks: Ultegra; Bottom Bracket: Shimano; Cassette: 105; Chain: 105
BRAKE SYSTEM Brakes: Tektro; Levers: Tektro RX4.1
WHEELSET Wheelset 700c: Shimano RS30; Wheelset 650c: Alex 320; Tires: Maxxis Columbiere
* Specs are subject to change.
** Effective 9.15.2010.
Kelly Williamson interview with LAVA
'Holy cow…where did she come from?' exclaimed the stunned race announcer at this month's Ironman 70.3 Panama. He was expecting to announce Leanda Cave or even Margaret Shapiro as the second-place finisher behind champion Angela Naeth. In an unexpected turn of events, Kelly Williamson dashed across the finish line with a come-from-behind -performance to place second overall.
Just a few days after the race, Williamson was back home in Austin, Texas, and sat down with us in between training sessions to discuss her Panama performance, as well as her steady ascension over the past few seasons. 'I don't really have a spectacular story,' she says. 'But if I did, it would be about constantly believing in yourself and never giving up. Yeah, I guess that's my story.'
One thing is certain: It was most definitely her story in Panama.
Williamson got off the bike about 10 minutes behind Naeth. 'The bike took more out of me than I expected,' she admits. 'After the race, a few people even complimented me on my strategy to hold back on the bike, but that wasn't my strategy,' she laughs. 'I was going as hard as I could out there and that was all that was in the tank!'
'[Lance] kicks my butt in every run we do. He's pretty awesome to watch right now.'
In order to have a chance of landing the podium, she had to control her intensity on the first loop and hope for a serious negative split. There were bound to be some implosions ahead as the temperatures climbed into the low 90's. She had run into fifth place by the halfway point, though she wasn't sure of her pace. Since the distance markers were in kilometers, she couldn't rely on the numbers and instead had to listen to her body. Having just endured a frustrating and difficult bike ride that put her in an almost insurmountable deficit to the leaders, this was hard to do. But somehow, with less than three kilometers to go, she passed both Leanda Cave and Margaret Shapiro, securing her second-place finish with an all-out dash to the finish line. Her run split? A blistering 1:16–the fastest time of the day.
While her gutsy performance in Panama was certainly monumental, her status as one of the country's top professional triathletes has been anything but meteoric. Williamson has been chipping away at her career since she earned her professional card over ten years ago. This former collegiate swimmer from Zionsville, Indiana turned to triathlons after graduating as a way to stay healthy and have fun. Her college swimming friends thought she was crazy because she was back in the pool almost immediately after graduation. 'I couldn't help it,' she jokes. 'I absolutely love to train and race, so I couldn't stay away.'
Early successes led to an invitation to the Resident National Team at the Olympic Training Center in 2002, where she was also named USAT Elite Rookie of the Year and ITU Pan American Champion. While she absolutely loved her time at the training center, she wasn't totally attached to Olympic draft-legal racing. 'I've always liked to do my own thing, have my own space, and accomplish my goals individually,' she writes in her bio. A major bike crash in 2005 proved to be a turning point both personally and professionally. First, she and her husband Derick moved from Colorado to Austin, Texas in 2006. Then, she started training and racing longer distances. Things began to click.
'I definitely think being older has helped my racing and training,' when discussing her recent success. (A list that includes four 70.3 victories, a runner-up spot at last year's Inaugural Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas, a victory and 1:14 personal best at the recent 3M Half Marathon, and multiple podium finishes.) 'I'm more patient and definitely more mature. Plus, I've also just simply learned to appreciate everything more.' Her husband, Derick, owns a coaching company called Durata Training, but acts more as a consultant than coach to Kelly, who still writes her own schedule. 'That said, he has been instrumental in dialing things in for me, getting me to push myself beyond what I would do otherwise, and getting me to believe in myself more than I would have. He's been a huge part of my success.' While most athletes tend to overtrain themselves, her sessions are definitely about quality over quantity. She doesn't necessarily track the number of miles or the amount of hours she puts in per week, she explains. 'Every session has a specific purpose, whether it's power, pace, or recovery. There's no need for a lot of junk miles.'
While she trains a lot by herself on the bike and run, there has been a fun clique of elite triathletes and runners in Austin who hit the trails together each week. This power pack includes Lance Armstrong, who took second place in Panama as well. 'He's quiet, focused and cool,' she says of the seven time Tour de France champion. 'And he kicks my butt in every run we do. He's pretty awesome to watch right now.'
There has been some debate about the 'Lance factor' in triathlon, but Williamson thinks he's good for our up-and-coming sport. 'He raises the bar of competition and has definitely raised the profile of the sport.' She adds that she, like most, didn't get into triathlon for fame or fortune: 'I love what I do and if Lance can bring more recognition, I'm all for it. After all, the sport is still relatively young and we've got a long way to go. It's a process, but I like where it's headed.'
If her race results are any indication, Williamson should love where she's headed, too. Though she doesn't keep as high a profile as some of the other women on the racing circuit, she prefers it that way. 'I like flying below the radar,' she says. 'But by the end of the race, I definitely want people to know who I am.'
Williamson's next race is the Jeep Ironman 70.3 San Juan, a race she won last year. Her stacked race calendar for 2012 also includes Ironman Coeur d'Alene (where she was 3rd in 2010), Ironman 70.3 Texas, several Rev 3 and 5150 races, and hopefully a trip to Vegas and Kona, where she placed 13th overall and 2nd American last year.
'At the end of the day, I just want my results to speak for themselves,' she says. And if her performance continues as it has for the last few seasons, nobody will be asking 'where did she come from?' ever again.
Carrie Barrett is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach and freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Her articles have appeared on Livestrong.com, 'Runner Triathlete News', 'Inside Texas Running', and the recent triathlon anthology, 'The Meaning of Tri.' For more information on her coaching, speaking and writing, visit fomotraining.com
Steven Perezluha QR endurance athlete: RAAMSteven Perezluha is a unique Quintana Roo athlete. Most of the QR roster includes triathletes, which makes sense, as we are a triathlon company. But for RAAM (Race Across America) it is a good idea to have a tri bike in your arsenal.
For those not familiar with RAAM, this is one of the longest annual endurance events in the world. The only way to race in the event is to qualify. You must receive a qualifying time in a shorter event that is sanctioned by RAAM. The start of the race is in Oceanside, California and finishes in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
There is not a specific amount of time you have to finish the race per se. The clock runs continuously from start to finish as in a time trial. The final overall finish time includes rest periods. The winner is he or she who can ride the fastest while also making fewer and shorter stops. The winner usually finishes in eight to nine days, after riding approximately 22 hours per day. The riders can have support crews/vehicles to help them along the way, but for the most part it is a solo endeavor. Having to ride continuously for days with little to no sleep puts this event in the ultra-marathon category. The continuous physical output places considerable strain on the competitors as well as their support crews. As many as 50% of solo participants drop out due to exhaustion or for medical reasons. In addition, the race takes place on open roads, forcing participants to deal with sometimes dangerous traffic conditions.
A really great documentary on the race is called Bicycle Dreams.
Steven finished in 9th place in 10 days and 8 hours. To add to his accomplishment, he is relatively young for such an endurance event. Typically most athletes who excel at this level are well into their late 20s early 30s at the beginning. Steven is 19 years old. He has big dreams and is a very talented athlete. Please check out his website: stevenperezluha.com
This fall he won the Florida State Cat 3 time trial and has been continuing to race ever since. Keep an eye out for this kid. Congratulations Steven!
Team Evotri Adds a New Member!Making the Team: 2012
QR athlete Jessica Jacobs shares her Ironman Story
QR Kona or Bust Winner on his WAYYY!A very happy Anchorage, Alaska, resident has won the 'QR Kona or Bust' contest, and will travel from Alaska to Hawaii, courtesy of Quintana Roo, where he'll stay for five nights and watch the Ironman Championships. Triathlete Brian Richardson will enjoy VIP access on race day and participate in a meet and greet with QR-sponsored athletes.
'We really wanted to do something fun this year centered around Kona,' said Mac McEneaney, QR's director of sales. 'The contest gives an individual the chance to watch the race and meet the pros, and best of all, do it in Hawaii. We think it's great the winner happens to be from Anchorage. He'll get a reprieve from the start of cold weather up there, while he kicks back to watch one of the greatest athletic events on earth.'
QR created the first tri-specific wetsuit and the first tri-specific bike. The company takes pride in its long-standing dedication to the sport of triathlon and triathletes of all abilities. 'The contest is our way of rewarding a triathlete and sharing in his or her passion for the sport,' said Peter Hurley, CEO of American Bicycle Group. 'We understand that passion, and the hours of training that go into preparing for a race, because most of us here at QR race triathlons, too. We look forward to meeting Mr. Richardson in Kona.'
Mr. Richardson's name was drawn at random after online registration for the contest closed. In addition to trip and race-day accommodations, he will also enjoy a breakfast with Mr. Hurley and receive a LAVA magazine goodie bag.
Slowtwitch editor/publisher Dan Empfield, founder of Quintana Roo, drew the winner's name at a media event during Interbike in September. Quintana Roo CEO, Peter Hurley assisted in the drawing.
QR Athlete Scott Johnson on the TODAY ShowIn a new book by Jacques Steingerg, You are an Ironman, Scott Johnson is one of the featured athletes. Check out the interview! Pretty cool stuff.
We want to congratulate ALL of our athletes on such a great season so far. We have many that are not quite finished yet. Good luck to all of you still competing.