The Dulce is in the FIT Series family and shares the same design and engineering with its counterparts the Lucero, Seduza, and Kilo. The 2013 model extends our long established commitment to female triathletes.

Features include:
  • Wind tunnel designed seatstays
  • Shimano 105
  • Profile T2 Wing base bar and Profile T3+ aero bar
  • Shimano R501 wheelset
  • Revised seat clamp design
  • Taller headtube for better fit
  • Available as complete bike only
  • Sizes: XS (650c), S (700c), M (700c)
Click here to download full 2013 QR Component Spec Sheet PDF. * Specs are subject to change.


XS 50 49 10 72.5 78 38.5 94.5 69.8 57.2 4 4.2 650 45.3 39.3
S 54 49 10 72.5 78 38.5 94.8 72.8 57.7 6.8 4.8 700 50.2 38.3
M 58 52 12.5 72.5 78 38.5 97.6 76.2 60.5 6.8 4.8 700 52.7 40.3


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Iron Love by Dan Tyler
Some relationships are born in the fog of bars, only to be painfully exposed in the light of day. While the rest of the world seemed to chase those simple dreams, we turned off the lights and headed to bed; we had to get up early.

You said you wanted two rings - I asked you to be my companion; for 112 miles, and many more.

Annika Swenson, Driftless Living Photography
Annika Swenson, Driftless Living Photography

It came from a special House – a place we know as a home, from a wise and kind man whose sage advice guides our days. He would later prophecy that completing the race together would ensure our ongoing happiness.

What is a ring anyway, but a commitment?

Many mornings we rose before the sun and embarked on one adventure after another, together.
Sometimes I thought I had made a great sacrifice. I thought I had generously given you something so dear to me - I thought I had given you my season.

The first time, I took 14:11. The second, 13:06. Extrapolate the dots and some would say that my next step 'should' be the coveted 12:00.

But in 2013, I knew I would watch the sun set on a new PR or a daylight finish, a rare chance that only comes around once a year. Every two years if you're an odd man.

Photo by Art Saffran
Photo by Art Saffran

It was in that very darkness that I stumbled upon a deeper love, a new respect for your determination, adaptability, and generosity that I could not have seen from the sidelines. Isn't it amazing how the most impressive strength doesn't boast? Isn't it amazing what's in people's hearts? Isn't it amazing how the toughest times bring us the closest together?

I believe in triathlon. I believe it has transformative power, and I know that behind goals linked to the time of day are more important motives: it's the expression of our best selves that make this day sacred.

It's pretty easy to stand in a church for 20 minutes and say some words. It's even pretty easy to stand in T1 for 31 minutes anxiously praying that you'll emerge from the rough water, let out a sigh, and join me for a ride.

God blesses the choppy, windy, hilly, dark, painful journey that brings us close to the beautiful mastery of creation: our human body and our human spirit, and the communion of a narrow road to travel, mysteriously individually and together.

A tiny part of me yearned for a faster finish. But today a much bigger part of me hears the notable eruption of fans' delight as we took hands and did a little turn at the 13.1-mile turnaround, and understands that in an individual sport residing in a little bubble within a greedy world, our racing together had a much bigger impact on my true desires: to demonstrate kindness, that my example might help people be nice to each other.
What some might consider 'sacrifice' was little more than a digit on a portable clock, and in exchange I got a year-long training partner, a common goal to share and cherish, and a companion for some of the year's darkest hours.

I began the day with a song from my heart. With our best friends and family gathered from near and far, while dressed in our finest uniforms, we made our way toward the photographers through the lines of onlookers shouting their support, down the long carpet and across the hallowed threshold, while a man whose proclamations hold the highest authority announced us to the world as 'husband and wife.'

Dano & Dione finish Ironman Wisconsin 2013

No, puzzled family-member, we are not yet married in the eyes of the State; but perhaps by the authority vested in Mike Reilly, we are now married in the triathlon world! We learned so much about each other through the season together; we sealed those intentions with the celebration of the race. They say Ironman takes time off your life, and it does. It was worth every second.

Pedro Gomes Ironman Sweden 2013 Champion

It was nearly perfect. Not the kind of best swim, bike, run perfect. But in Ironman Kalmar I made zero mistakes on my nutrition which – as we all know – often happens on a race like an Ironman. After a solid race in Frankfurt, 6 weeks prior, and a win at Challenge Vitoria-Gasteiz, 3 weeks prior, I knew the approach to this race had to be very gentle and careful. I walked on a thin line through this period juggling recovery with solid training in between races. Looking at it now, I'm sure I couldn't have done it without the guidance of Coach Jesse at QT2 Systems. Somehow, the body builder, turned engineer and now high performance coach, knows his business.

To Kalmar, I choose to fly into Copenhagen and then take the train to Kalmar. A full day of travel 48hr before the race is never fun but it was the cheapest way of getting there. It ended up being quite a smooth journey, eating my carbs and sleeping. Kalmar, a small town south of Stockholm greeted us with mid temperatures and light winds but a pleasant atmosphere for an Ironman – everyone knew the race was happening, downtown had signs and m-dot flags.

Fast forwarding to race day. The pro's started 5-min ahead of the field. Two laps on the choppy Baltic Sea before a final stretch into T1. Right from the start I found myself positioned within the lead pack that led for the entire swim. I felt surprisingly good and for the first time this year, I was right there. Powerfull to accelerate on the buoys and a high cadence to master the chop. Out of the water, 48:31 was a very reasonable time considering this Ironman swims seem to take forever and this one was no different.

On the bike and off Kalmar we are. The new for 2013 and almost flat course, ended up being a
bit more challenging than everyone thought. The wind was brutal and it was making athletes work for their splits. I took my time to drink, catch my breath and relax a little before moving up to the front of the lead bikers pack. The big difference in riding with the lead pack is that you see everyone and can relax for a minute there, instead of chasing from the first meter and trying to make up for any deficit. After a 30 or 40 miles of riding, Karl-Johan made a big surge that I followed to break away from the rest of the pack. As far as I could remember, Karl did the same on the previous year and led the race to T2 so it was a legit rider to follow. Once we took the front we got to a gentleman's agreement to pace ourselves as 10-min repeats up front each. Although I said to myself that I would do MY race and not look at others, the way things were unfolding made it for a slight change of plans and it was better to have someone to 'work' with than doing a solo, more steady maybe effort. Still, I was focused in keeping the pace true to what I thought I'm worth and not blowing myself up. We slowly mowed our way to a 5+ min lead to the closest chasers and I knew that if I kept nutrition on time, I'd be okay. Didn't matter how bad legs were hurting, I would be fine. Eventually I would have to run a marathon but I could handle that later.

Heading back into town, I managed to pull away from Karl-Johan and lead the race on T2 and the fastest bike split of the day. Who would say I could do that a few years ago. I was always labeled as a runner, never a swimmer or a biker. I guess consistency and nutrition are really the key. I even managed to out bike the former Paris-Roubaix winner – Magnus Backstedt, who raced and finished his first Ironman in Kalmar – doesn't matter how far back he retired! It's still Magnus Backstedt.

At some point heading out into T2 I had that strange feeling of having over done the bike. I kept a positive thinking and went to my brain's toolbox to get my 'toughen up princess, now you run a marathon with whatever you have left' card!

The run - also new for 2013 and mostly flat – was divided in three laps. I knew I didn't have much time in hand to be able to relax a bit before hammering down and I also knew that anyone that was chasing would feel super motivated if they gained a lot of time on the first miles. To take that motto out of them, I thought it would be best to lay down what I had asap and hope it would be enough when it hit the fan. The course was legit and the miles took forever but I did manage to hold a 4:30+ min lead into the last lap. As I predicted, the last lap felt like a death march. The legs felt heavier and the cadence was getting slower. Every mile took forever but the people on the course kept cheering me on and I was able to make it back into Kalmar. I didn't know exactly how far ahead I was, but I knew it would take a rocket man to catch me once I hit the last mile. Only then I knew it. 'I got this'. The streets of Kalmar were PACKED. Tons of spectators cheering, I could barely hear myself think. For the record, I could barely open my eyes too onthat final lap so I'm sorry to all volunteers that got a small ironman-perform-bath everytime I hit the cups
instead of actually grabbing them!

If you saw my finish you can tell I was quite ecstatic. Overwhelming happiness of getting the job done. I couldn't say a word or make a sound. I choke from the excitement as when I'm going to say 'Batman' to the Starbucks guy when he asks for my name. But I was happy and it was a finish I will retain in my memory.

This was quite a win for me. I'm not a talented guy, I was not born with speed or anywhere near good on my first triathlon. My youth was spent mostly at home, playing video games and eating crappy food. I'm no different from every other athlete than enters an Ironman. As most I started it for fun but once I embraced it as job, I was always the first one up for the morning swim and the one who secretly added workouts to the schedule just because I felt like I needed to do more. As someone once said, no pro athlete works out 40hrs a week to come second. I didn't go to Kalmar to finish second but same applies to all hundreds of triathlons I've done already and didn't win. Of course I like the taste of winning but it's very much about the journey and how much we take from it that really makes me hunger for more.

Video of Jennie Hansen Winning IM Lake Placid

Congratulations Jennie! We are so proud of you!

QR Pro Athlete Anja Beranek Talks About Her Illicito



QR and Timex Athlete Tim Stutzer Talks Challenge Roth

Challenge Roth 2013 – back at the heart of Triathlon!
Wrists from left to right: Jürgen Metzler, Tim Stutzer, Julia ErtmerRoth and I we are going into our 20th season. It was back 1994 when I first went there to coach my dad in his first attempt to qualify for the Ironman Hawaii. I remember like it was yesterday that we took the borrowed RV to scout the bike course and just how slow the thing crept up the ascent of Kalvarienberg hill. Seven years later I would do my first and Roth's last Ironman there – the only finish time I still recall to the second (12h 11min 51sec). In 2002 Roth was run as 'Challenge Roth' for the first time and we were back as a realy. Since then I have been to the race many, many times and am on a streak as a relay cyclist since 2011. This year Julia, Jürgen and I secured our relay only one month before the event. Nonetheless the thrill was there immediately. We somehow thought we could – if everything went right – podium in the mixed category, but dismissed the thought immediately upon arrival in Roth when we were told just how much money some firms do spend on their relay project. So we went for the fun option and made the best out of it.. until the gun actually went off…

Jürgen as the One-Eyed-Racer
Friday and Saturday saw us going through the usual pre race routines and meet what felt like hundreds of familiar faces. Familiar faces not only from over here in Germany but also from the US. Here we spotted Mr. Slowtwitch Herbert Krabel, there was Bob Babbit of Competitor/Triathlete Magazine and many, many more. It seemed as if Challenge had picked up on the media thing quite a bit this year. We had a great Saturday with an early morning swim in the Rhein-Main-Donau-Canal and a delicious breakfast at Café Schmitt, Hilpolstein and one of us made it into Herbert's "The Lava Java of Roth" picture gallery on Slowtwitch.
Then we hung out with the crew from German Quintana Roo a lot and chatted a bit with ABS's Steve Dunn at their expo booth.

Stopping by at the Quintana Roo booth before heading off to the bike check in
When race day came all three of us got a little nervous because Julia had never swum 3,8km in a race, I was a little unsure of my bike legs and Jürgen had increased the run training volume only after we had registered some five weeks ago. Our team started in the last wave of the day at 8:50am. After high fiving Julia one last time the only thing we could do was wait for her to keep her promise of swimming sub 1:06h. And that she did. When she arrived at my and my noble steed in transition no more than 1:05h had passed and off I was. Little did we know that her performance would be the only one that was delivered as promised. I went off in what I perceived a solid effort but still the numbers were telling me something different. As always the adrenalin and little taper does miracles to how you feel in the first hour on the bike. I thus reached the first waypoint of the day – the foot of Kalvarienberg hill in just over 56min which was more than 3min faster than last year when I had posted my best time here yet in 4:26h. It was the wind I thought and took on the longest ascent of the course deliberately easy the first time. From then on I was only looking forward to the Alpe d'Huez of triathlon, my first ascent of Solar Hill. And it delivered! Reports say never have there been as many people as this year and they are right. When I looked up the hill all I saw was a wall of people. And they parted for us athletes like the sea parted for Moses. It gives me goose bumps every time. Full of adrenalin again I continued at what felt like warp speed. So I was still more than three minutes ahead of last year's split after lap one and began to get a little worried of what would happen. And then it happened: the second ascent of Kalvarienberg hill did not feel at all comfortable and the watts were significantly lower than the first time. Well, temperatures were now in the high 20s on the Celsius grade and that usually weakens me a bit and so I slowly lost the time I had on my time from last year. And I was neither thirsty nor hungry also a sign of the heat effecting me a bit. One thing pushed me though as there were very few spectators when I passed Solar Hill on my second lap in the last years. This year though even when I went up there the second time there were many, many spectators and gave me a final push. Regrettably the wind did not help me this year for those last 10k back to Roth and I lost some time there, too. Bottom line was a net time of 4:28:30h compared to 4:26:38h in 2012.

Power file overview.Dismounting my bike I ran into transition and screamed 'Jürgen, Jürgen!' just like last year. Strangely of all first names, my of 2012 and 2013 runners shared first names. We had calculated that a time of 8:30h might be enough to podium in the mixed category and so Jürgen took off like a rocket. With Julias 1:04h swim and my 4:28h bike we were down four minutes on our race plan and Jürgen tried to make up some time. The risk being to blow up badly later on the run. His motto at the time 'Pokal oder Spital' (Podium or the ER). He went through 10k at 41 minutes flat and passed the half marathon mark after 1:29h. Even then though he showed signs of trouble. When I saw him at the 22km mark he said something about his heart rate being all too high for the effort he was running at. We waited from him at 36km next and it was clear that he was in serious trouble when he arrived there some 15 minutes down on the 3h marathon splits he wanted to run. He was able to tell us that he had some strange kind of cramps and that running was not at all possible any more. He had to stop several times at that point to stretch his calfs. But when he did this his quads started to cramp. He was in serious trouble for sure but there was nothing we could really do other than to encourage him to 'Keep it up!'. When Jürgen went on the final section inth the city of Roth Julia and I headed for the stadium where they have a relay meeting point some 300m from the finish line in order for the relays to be able to run those last meters together. And there we waited and waited and there was no sign of Jürgen. When he finally came around the corner some 150 meters away he was walking or rather limping and obviously in pain. When he reached us he was just barely able to communicate that almost every muscle in his body was cramping up. Thus we trotted along the last 200 meters to the stadium single file and were passed by a lot of athletes as Jürgen had to stop another two times to stretch his calfes. When you enter the stadium to finish your race in Roth this usually wipes away any and all pain you might be in ant the crowds just overwhelm you. You can see from the following picture that this was the case for Julia and I but regrettably not for Jürgen.
Two thirds are overwhelmed by the finishline!
He collapsed right after the finish line after what was 'The hardest thing I've ever done!'. This hardest thing came to an end after 3:43h and a total time of 9:20h for our relay which was still good enough for 16thplace among the mixed relays.

Right behind the finish line he tried to figure out what had gone wrong. He has some 12 marathons under his belt, six of them in between 3:02 and 3:07h and has even run 3:23h in an Ironman. But never had anything like this happened. After some thinking and the obvious signs of a salt deficit we think to have found the reason: A less than sufficient salt intake in the 24 hours before the race. IF you run a marathon on its own your whole weekend is geared towards this thing. If you run the marathon as part of a relay you 'only' do one part and perhaps this got us all carried away a bit in those crucial 24 hours pre race. Race day especially was far, far away from an optimal preparation for a marathon. We got up at 5am prepared the swim and the bike, did not have a decent breakfast and for Jürgen the race started right in the heat of the afternoon at 2:30pm. In between breakfast and the start of the run he might not have taken enough salt & water and thus have already started the run in a dehydrated state. That backfired badly. And other than a 3,8k swim or even a 180k bike ride a marathon by itself remains a serious challenge not to be underestimated.

But even though the race did not go according to plan the weekend was just great! Sunday came to an end with some great fireworks celebrating the last finishers of the day and Monday saw one of the most emotional award ceremonies I have ever been to.

Bottom line: We were at the heart of triathlon and will be back in 2014!

QR Athlete Dan Cassidy Reviews the CD0.1 Di2

Quintana Roo makes bikes specifically for triathletes. The result is that they make bikes that are extremely fast and aerodynamic, however, unlike many of its' competitors, these bikes are not just the "leftovers", that were designed specifically for Pro TTers and NOT triathletes. Quintana Roo focuses on making tri-bikes specifically for triathletes, the way it should be. They were the original tri-bike company and they continue to bring new and improved technology to the table with every model. The patented "Shift" technology is one of these amazing pieces of technology. Not only does it stiffen the bike, by shifting the bottom bracket, they were able to redirect a significant amount of airflow from the dirty side of the bike to the clean side, thus dramatically improving aerodynamics. I have personally taken the CD0.1 to the wind tunnel and have seen these aerodynamic gains first hand. The CD0.1 is also extremely adjustable, allowing you to find your perfect balance of an aggressive and comfortable position. I have been on a lot of tri-bikes in my years of racing and I have never been able to achieve such an aggressive position while also maintaining an extremely comfortable position. Fast, aerodynamic and comfortable??? With the CD0.1, you have it all. Below you can take a look at my race day setup: 
My race ready 2013 Quintana Roo CD0.1 Ultegra Di2
I run a Quarq power meter with an adapter to make it Di2 Compatible.
The Di2 battery is tucked away nicely.
The extremely adjustable and comfortable Ozero base bar and T3 aerobar (come stock) complete with an XLAB Torpedo and computer mount setup. I opted to upgrade for the Di2 brake lever shifters.
The most comfortable saddle you will ever sit on: Cobb Max
A shot from the wind's point of view!
The extremely fast Gray Disc wheel.
The extremely fast Gray 9.5.
Hidden brakes increase aerodynamics
Huge thank you to Quintana Roo for giving me the chance to be a part of their team this season and for hooking me up with the fastest bike on the market!!