American Bicycle Group (ABG), manufacturer of Quintana Roo (QR) and Litespeed (LS) has signed two pro triathletes to join the QR roster of sponsored triathletes: Canadian Angela Naeth and Brit Joe Skipper.
Both compete over long course, IM 70.3 and IRONMAN distances, and will be representing QR on the PRsix Disc, ‘a high-performance bike manufactured to allow athletes to order specific colour combinations and configurations’.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Angela and Joe to the QR family,” said ABG CEO Peter Hurley. “These are two great triathletes who will do a tremendous job on the PRsix Disc. All of us at QR are looking forward to helping them put the bike to the ultimate test in each of their competitions. We’ll be there to support them, and we’re confident the PRsix will help lead them to new podium heights.”
Growing up in British Columbia, Canada, Angela Naeth began the sport in 2008. She is now a multiple IM 70.3 and IRONMAN Champion, 36-time IM 70.3 podium finisher, IRONMAN 2014 Chattanooga Champion and the 2015 North American IRONMAN Champion, with an under 9-hour performance.
In 2018, Naeth overcame Lyme disease and placed 8th at the IRONMAN World Championships with a time of 8 hrs 57 mins. She is currently ranked among the top triathletes in the world with three sub-nine-hour IRONMAN performances, and more than 30 podiums at the IM 70.3 and IRONMAN distances.
Understanding the need to give back and help grow the sport, Angela created a global women’s endurance sports community in 2017, iracelikeagirl. The all-female group provides opportunities for girls and women of all ages and abilities to support, encourage and inspire one another in the sports of triathlon, cycling, running and swimming
“After many conversations with Peter and with people in the industry about the value and benefits of the PRsix Disc, I knew the opportunity to join the QR team was a great fit,” said Naeth when she signed her contract. “I loved that I always saw Peter and the QR crew at many races supporting their pros, as well as the entire triathlon community, with tune-ups and support.
“I also knew I wanted to be on a great bike and to be able to work with the owner of the company that built them. Relationships are key for me, and this will be a great relationship, not only for me, but also for iracelikeagirl.”
Joe Skipper competed in his first triathlon in 2010. By 2011 he won the British middle-distance championship and was persuaded by Lucy Gossage to race pro. After nearly quitting in 2013 and again in 2015 due to a lack of funding, he dug in, trained harder; and in June 2015 he became the first British male triathlete in 19 years to take a medal at the ITU Long Distance World Championships. He alo qualified for the IRONMAN World Championship, finishing 13th.
He had eight podium finishes in 2016, 2017 and 2018, winning the Challenge Almere ETU Long Distance European Championships in 2017 and taking first place at the 2018 IRONMAN UK.
“I’m really excited to be joining the QR team,” Skipper said. “The guys at American Bicycle Group are very passionate about triathlon and about making the fastest time trial bike. I can say that after riding the PRsix Disc it handles absolutely amazingly and I enjoy riding my TT bike on hilly routes, which I thought I would never say. It feels really fast and I’m looking forward to trying to win IRONMAN Texas on it.”
Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, American Bicycle Group manufactures high performance bikes under two brands: Litespeed (road, mountain and adventure bikes) and Quintana Roo (triathlon-specific bikes). Litespeed’s titanium technology makes it a leading manufacturer of cold-worked, cycling-specific tubesets, which led to a partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to fabricate the wheels’ framework of the Mars Land Rover.
Quintana Roo’s PR Series bikes have built a reputation for their design innovation, aero technology, power-to-weight ratio and components compatibility. The multi-award-winning PR Series – PRsix, PRfive and the most recent PRthree – have been recognized by a variety of trade and consumer organizations for innovation and technology, including: LAVA magazine as Editor’s Pick for Gear of the Year (PRsix, PRfive) and Interbike’s Triathlon Business International (TBI) Triathlon Innovation of the Year Award (PRfive).