After an impressive performance at the Collins Cup a few weeks ago, Australian Ellie Salthouse is in St. George, Utah and ready to make up for a disappointing mechanical at the 2019 World Championships—and has been thinking about that race for two years now.
“I was hoping to get my redemption in 2020,” she said. What would be redemption? What’s her goal? The top step. “I think a lot of the women have the same goal.”
“It’s going to be the hardest race of my life,” but she feels more mentally prepared than ever, calmer and tougher. “I’m ready to become a world champion.”
Check out her set up and race day nutrition for Saturday.
Salthouse is riding a medium Trek Speed Concept, with Bontrager branded wheels and tires, an ISM PN 3.0 saddle, and SRAM Red eTap.
Salthouse is using an XLab Torpedo double zip-tied onto her Bontrager bars.
The Wahoo ELMNT Bolt head unit comes in pink. It’ll be taking power data from a Quarq powermeter in the crank arms.
Also sponsored by Gatorade Endurance, Salthouse said her race day nutrition consists of one bottle with two servings of the Gatorade Endurance and three gels mixed with water—though she may put an extra scoop in for extra sodium in the heat—as well as a separate water bottle in the front hydration system.
She also said she takes one caffeinated gel before the race, and brings three on the bike—as well as two more on the run (one caffeinated and one uncaffeinated).
After an electronic shifting mechanical in Nice in 2019, Salthouse is opting now for a SRAM Red eTap 12-speed system, with a 54-41 chainring.
She’ll be riding Bontrager’s Aeolus XXX 4 wheels with Bontrager R4 clincher 25mm tires.