Rider Interview: The Rally Cycling team will lose one of it's most beloved riders when Tom Zirbel retires at the end of the 2016 season. The Iowa native now living in Boulder will be hanging up his cleats after ten years as a pro. The time trialing standout started his career at Priority Health coming to Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies in 2012 after a one-year stint at Jamis-Sutter Home.
On an unseasonably warm November day, I had the opportunity to join one of the top time triallists in America: Tom Zirbel, on one of the legendary Boulder rides – the Gold Hill Loop. We headed up into the mountains above Boulder for a fantastic day on the bike...Read On!
Things were looking pretty rosy for Tom Zirbel at the end of 2009. He'd won stages at Nature Valley, Fitchburg, the Cascade Classic, and Elk Grove, not to mention topping the US National Racing Calendar rankings. His credentials as a top 'chrono man' were endorsed with a second place - behind David Zabriskie - in the US Pro TT champs and an excellent fourth place in the Worlds time trial in Mendrisio. And the ink was dry on a nice crisp contract with Garmin...but then disaster struck.