Despite needing to borrow a pump to repair a puncture during the race, Robin Farina (Panaracer/NoTubes p/b Bicycle X-Change) won the 2016 pro women’s race at the 2016 Lost & Found gravel event this past weekend. While the rest of her Midwest-based gravel race team were tackling the 2016 Dirty Kanza gravel race, the California racer opted to stay closer to home and defend her 2015 Lost & Found win.
Farina took the 2016 title aboard a custom-painted 2016 Santa Cruz Stigmata. Because the bike is devoid of logos, and her race number covered the headbadge, the bike is only recognized by the cyclocross cognoscenti. The custom paint was done at Farina’s request as she didn’t want a black or orange bike.
Farina’s Stigmata rolls on NoTubes Avion carbon wheels shod with Panaracer Gravel King SK (Small Knob) 35c tubeless tires. Farina thought the tires’ performance was excellent but ran what some might consider fairly high tire pressure of 45 psi in the rear and 38 psi up front on a bumpy course with rocky descents. Her rear puncture came early in the race and Farina said she rode the slow leak as far as she could. Upon stopping, the Stan’s sealant closed the wound, but her inflator malfunctioned necessitating the borrowed pump.
[caption id="attachment_84528" align="alignnone" width="750"] Farina ran the Panaracer Gravel King SK tubeless 35mm tire on Stan’s NoTubes Avion rims. 2016 Lost & Found. ©️ Clifford Lee / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]
Farina’s Stigmata has a Shimano 6800 Ultegra 11-speed mechanical drivetrain with the Japanese component maker’s shift/brake levers and derailleurs controlling shifting across her 11-36 cassette. For her crankset, Farina went with a standard cyclocross 46/36 double Rotor Power 3D with NoQ rings. Despite the power meter on the crank, Farina did not use a computer for the race. Stopping power was provided by the cable actuated hydraulic TRP HyRd brakes on standard post mounts with 140mm TRP standard 6-bolt rotors front and rear.
[caption id="attachment_84532" align="alignnone" width="750"] Farina’s bike was outfitted with a prototype WTB saddle code named Roam. 2016 Lost & Found. ©️ Clifford Lee / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]
Farina’s cockpit was comprised of a Specialized aluminum alloy mated to a long Ritchey Comp stem. Her seatpost is a Zipp SL Speed. Atop her Zipp post, Farina ran a prototype WTB women’s saddle called Roam, which she is giving pre-production feedback on.
Stay tuned for our full Lost & Found race report as well as a video interview with Farina coming soon.
Robin Farina’s 2016 Lost and Found Gravel Race Winning Santa Cruz Stigmata Specification Highlights
Frame and fork: Santa Cruz Stigmata carbon
Shift/brake levers: Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed STI levers
Crankset: Rotor 3D Power 46/36
Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6800
Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-Speed
Brakes: TRP HyRd
Handlebar: Specialized alloy bar
Stem: Ritchey Comp alloy stem
Seatpost: Zipp SL Speed
Saddle: Prototype WTB (code named Roam)
Wheels: NoTubes Avion Carbon
Tires: Panaracer Gravel King SK 700 X 35, tubeless
More info: www.santacruzbicycles.com
Robin Farina’s 2016 Lost & Found Gravel Race Winning Santa Cruz Stigmata Slideshow