Gear Break: Bontrager Circuit helmet, Pirelli presents P ZERO Race 150°, the tyre for highway racing bicycles celebrates the corporate’s a hundred and fiftieth anniversary, AURUM: Dolomite colours, colours that can make you shine, 100%® unveils distinctive retro styled tackle trending glacier efficiency eyewear, Workforce Qhubeka supporters jersey now out there and Michael Blann: The climbs of the Giro d’Italia from a distinct perspective.
Bontrager Circuit Helmet
Stephen Cheung Sez:
The Bontrager Circuit is slotted in as an all-purpose helmet, from gravel to highway to day by day commuting. I discovered it to be a really safe and cozy helmet, with further peace of thoughts by means of the Wavecel expertise. Concerns are that it’s on the heavy finish of the helmet spectrum, and the Wavecel appears to scale back airflow.
The all-purpose design is highlighted by the 2 magnetic and detachable mounts. The entrance one is ready to accommodate a Go-Professional or a Bontrager gentle, whereas the again one is supposed for a Bontrager taillight.
The massive function of the Bontrager Circuit is the Wavecel expertise for reducing affect forces, particularly rotational affect. It seems to be like a honeycomb layer on the within of the helmet between the pad insert and the standard helmet internal and outer shells. An added bonus is that the honeycomb weave acts as a built-in bug display screen.
As you’ll be able to see, the decrease rim of the helmet can also be of exhausting materials, which ought to add sturdiness.
The added safety is balanced by added weight, and the Bontrager shouldn’t be a light-weight helmet at 345 g (my measurement M pattern) with out the headlight/digital camera and taillight mounts (add one other 40 g for them). As soon as in your head, the burden isn’t essentially noticeable even over a 4 h gravel race.
A pleasant design function of the Circuit is that the straps are separated by a U-shaped slightly than a typical Y-shaped yoke. This provides a bit extra separation between the straps and lessens the possibility of pinching towards the ears.
The design of the occipital cradle is admittedly deep, protecting far down the again of the cranium. This helps to maintain the helmet locked onto your head and in a protected place, stopping the backward slop and rotation that may expose your brow in a crash. The safe match can also be very helpful for the added vibration and bouncing with off-road driving.
Total, the safe match and the added Wavecel safety make the Bontrager Circuit an excellent all-purpose helmet that makes the added weight a worthwhile commerce. On the few heat days we’ve had up to now there’s undoubtedly extra sweating than with my different helmets, so I’m unsure that it’d be my go-to helmet for hot-weather rides.
Pirelli Presents P ZERO Race 150°, the Tyre for Street Racing Bicycles Celebrates the Firm’s a hundred and fiftieth Anniversary
With the top of the Giro d’Italia P ZERO Race 150° hits the market. It’s made in Italy and its particular gold livery celebrates Pirelli’s 150 years of historical past.
Pirelli launches P ZERO Race 150°, a particular model of its racing tyre that’s devoted to the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the corporate, which started its tyre manufacturing with a bicycle one. The celebratory tyre debuted on Trek-Segafredo World Tour crew bikes throughout the just-concluded Giro d’Italia.
P ZERO Race 150° is an all-round clincher appropriate for each lengthy coaching periods and competitors. It gives gentle weight, nice smoothness, and grip additionally because of the particular SmartEVO compound. Formulated with a ternary mix of polymers with “good” behaviour traits, the compound permits glorious dry and moist grip and really low rolling resistance. The tyre’s 120 TPI nylon casing is protected by TechBELT Street expertise, which improves puncture resistance with out making the tyre heavier.
The P ZERO Race 150° is made in Italy: it’s produced on the renovated Pirelli plant in Bollate, close to Milan. It gives all of the appreciated options of the unique P ZERO Race tyre, a best-seller from the Milanese firm, adorned with an unique gold livery, the “P Lunga 150°” logotype and devoted packaging, and is on the market in sizes 26-622 and 28-
Catalogue of tyres and equipment for velocipedes and vehicles, 1899, courtesy Fondazione Pirelli
The First Pirelli Tyre? A Bicycle Tyre
There are greater than 110 years of Pirelli’s successes and sporting historical past, however the one with the bicycle is the corporate’s oldest hyperlink with sport, as evidenced by the wealthy archive of historic supplies, sketches, pictures and audio-visuals preserved and enhanced by the Pirelli Basis, that doc this lengthy enterprise historical past.
“Pirelli & C.” was based in Milan, Italy, in 1872, by engineer Giovanni Battista Pirelli, to supply technical rubber objects: rubberized canvas, transmission belts, fittings and sleeves. In 1890 Pirelli determined to place this experience to make use of to develop a brand new product: its first bicycle tyre. It’s, in reality, the primary tyre produced by the corporate, which might later enter the bike area after which the automobile enterprise.
In 1895 the “Milano-Cremona-Brescia-Milano” race was held, and a brand new Pirelli racing bicycle tyre, the “Tipo Milano,” was marketed for the event.
Promotional postcard for Pirelli bicycle tyres, 1909, courtesy Fondazione Pirelli
At the moment tyres had been, much more than at the moment, a essential component in bicycle races, the decisive technical element. Races came about on all kinds of principally uneven and bumpy highway surfaces. The tyres and their respective internal tubes turned beneficial allies and companions of the cyclists, who wrapped them round their our bodies rigorously and maintained them with nice care.
As early as 1899, a Pirelli catalogue reveals a wide array of tyre tubes, journey and racing bicycle tyres, in addition to bicycle equipment reminiscent of handlebars, pedals, and brakes.
A bunch of cyclists with Pirelli bicycle tyres, 1910-1920, courtesy Fondazione Pirelli
Nonetheless, Pirelli’s identify is inextricably linked to biking historical past throughout the first Giro d’Italia in 1909 the place Pirelli additionally had a commemorative postcard printed for the event, that includes “I Pneumatici Pirelli” (the Pirelli tyres). Throughout that first Giro, thirty of the forty-nine cyclists reaching the end line mounted Pirelli tyres.
From that second on, Pirelli tyres turned the selection of all-time biking Greats reminiscent of Ottavio Bottecchia, Alfredo Binda, Learco Guerra, Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi, to identify a couple of.
Renzo Bassi, Sketch for Pirelli bicycle tyres promoting marketing campaign, 1933, courtesy Fondazione Pirelli
In 1932, on Bianchi bikes, Alfredo Bovet received the XXV Milano-Sanremo and the then basic supervisor Edoardo Bianchi despatched a letter to the Società Italiana Pirelli, congratulating it on the efficiency of Pirelli tubulars.
Remaining lap of Gran Premio Pirelli, 1957, courtesy Fondazione Pirelli
In 1949 the first Pirelli Grand Prix was held, an newbie race that provided the best prize cash on the time. Created by Arturo Pozzo along with Alfredo Binda, this prestigious annual race for amateurs allowed many gifted athletes to be found after which grow to be skilled cyclists.
In 1953 Fausto Coppi, carrying a Bianchi-Pirelli jersey, received his fifth (and final) Giro d’Italia whereas driving on Pirelli model new “Specialissimi Corsa” tyres.
Promotional postcard with Fausto Coppi, Nineteen Fifties, courtesy Fondazione Pirelli
Through the years the vary expanded and have become extra specialised with fashions responding to varied makes use of. In 1992 the final manufacturing of Pirelli-branded bicycle tyres got here out available on the market. In 2017 the corporate re-entered the biking area with the launch of the now well-known P ZERO.
At this time as then, the emblem with the attribute “elongated P” is again on the bikes of the best cyclists of the day. It was the symbol of males, groups, and feats that made the historical past of Italy’s second hottest sport after soccer: Ottavio Bottecchia, the primary ace of the Nineteen Twenties, Alfredo Binda, Learco Guerra, the Legnano crew, Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi, the Bianchi crew, the primary world championships, the Giro and Tour de France, the highway and monitor Classics. At this time it’s the alternative of such World Tour biking groups as Trek-Segafredo, UAE Workforce Emirates and AG2R Citröen, in addition to the manufacturing facility MTB crew Wilier Triestina-Pirelli and the DH crew Canyon CLLCTV Pirelli.
In 2022, Pirelli formally introduced the resumption of motorbike tyre manufacturing in Italy because of the revamped Bollate plant, the place the best efficiency fashions within the vary are made, together with the celebratory P ZERO Race 150° tyre.
AURUM: Dolomite Colours, Colours that Will Make you Shine
You’ll shine with the subtlety of two new Dolomite paint jobs, refined colours designed to boost Magma’s glossy design.
The story behind the 2 new Dolomite colours has loads to do with the historical past of the Giro d’Italia
AURUM presents these two new finishes for Magma mannequin impressed by the legendary mountains of the Dolomite Alps, Dolomite Pink and Dolomite Inexperienced.
The Dolomite Alps
It’s well-known that the Dolomite Alps are the judges of probably the most lovely race on this planet, the Giro d’Italia, since it’s the territory of nice feats, of the purest biking, the place names like Marco Pantani, Ivan Basso or Alberto Contador have been recorded for ever. The “inconceivable mountains” as some name them.
The Giro is without doubt one of the three nice stage excursions which might be held on the skilled biking calendar and in 2021 it marked a earlier than and after for AURUM with the Eolo-Kometa Biking Workforce. AURUM debuted in a grand tour with solely 221 days of life, additionally reaching a victory on Mount Zoncolan, subsequent to the Dolomites.
Taking these premises that unite skilled biking with newbie biking and a excessive efficiency bicycle, designed to reap the benefits of each watt, with these excessive mountain passes, the AURUM design crew has acquired all the way down to work to current two new finishes that improve the virtues of Magma, giving the portray its personal historical past and life.
Dolomite Pink & Dolomite Inexperienced: Dolomites sundown
Few moments in life awaken our senses like a sundown, a spring afternoon, within the Dolomite Alps. Each day at sundown these majestic mountains are wearing pink and inexperienced tones, we’ve got chosen two of them in order that from at the moment they be part of the Magma coloration household:
Decals, two choices
The customization prospects improve with the brand new decals (logos and motifs on the body and fork), the brand new proprietor of AURUM Magma can select for the Dolomite colours the elegant brush decals or the extra traditional white decals.
Out there now for all assemblies and frameset
These new Dolomite colours at the moment are out there for any of the whole bike mixtures of Sram Purple, Sram Power or Shimano Dura-Ace, Shimano Ultegra with Enve, Zipp, Light-weight or Mavic. In addition to the acquisition of solely the frameset.
100%® Unveils Distinctive Retro Styled Take On Trending Glacier Efficiency Eyewear
NORVIK® Pays Homage to the Legacy of Racing Tradition Whereas Urgent the Envelope of Innovation and Design.
100%® the San Diego-based sports activities efficiency firm, has launched NORVIK®, a brand new Sport Efficiency sunglass that units a typical in versatility by tastefully mixing type with unmatched efficiency. The distinctive glacier design was impressed by classics from the previous; taking cues from racing tradition and tastefully infusing retro with trendy innovation.
The most recent efficiency sunglass options all the pieces 100% does finest. From no-slip grip for optimum match, to premium lenses and coatings, for superior optical readability and safety. NORVIK was developed to satisfy the calls for of the 100% roster of world-class endurance athletes.
“NORVIK is a trend-setter engrained with creative expertise which features to carry out in a wide range of situations all whereas protecting life-style in thoughts,” stated Gwen Van Lingen, VP of World Gross sales & Advertising. “With the flexibility of NORVIK, you’ll be able to confidently take your look ‘off the sphere,’ and into the espresso store.”
Function-built aspect shields add extra safety from the weather and undesirable peripheral glare. The brand new type additionally options premium lens choices engineered to the best high quality requirements within the trade. HiPER® Lens Know-how ramps up distinction and amps up colours for optimum readability and sharper imaginative and prescient.
NORVIK additionally comes with further lenses for a fast change to make sure utmost efficiency in all gentle situations. NORVIK can also be provided in a Polarized Lens possibility. 100% Proprietary Polarized lens supplies light-filtering polarization, slicing glare with out compromising digital screens, telephones or GPS devices.
Workforce Qhubeka Supporters Jersey Now Out there
Followers of Workforce Qhubeka have the chance to additional get behind the crew with the thrilling announcement of the launch of the Ekoi Supporters Jersey, which is now out there to order.
The jersey options the enduring 2022 design which is modeled on an African horizon, with the hand up an indication of a way forward for nice issues to come back.
This launch follows that of the Ekoi crew racing package in addition to the massively standard off-bike ‘Hand Up’ attire from The Vandal.
All of this stuff can be found by way of additional particular gives for members who be part of the Workforce Qhubeka Group, by means of which they additional can lend their assist to the crew into the longer term.
The Workforce Qhubeka duplicate jersey manufactured by Ekoi undergoes the identical design rigor as these designed for the professional groups together with: laser lower sleeve, technical features, consolation and breathability.
Two complementary materials – made in Italy – are used within the design which incorporates micro perforated material on the entrance, sides and again, 3 again pockets and a separate composition for the hemless sleeves.
Microdry fibre captures the sweat and removes it rapidly to maintain the physique dry whereas the sleeves are Ekoi Second Pores and skin fibre, which is laser-cut fibre, silicone-free and hemless for optimum consolation.
Invisible, self-locking YKK zipper.
Michael Blann: The Climbs of the Giro d’Italia From a Totally different Perspective
Final weekend noticed the primary Grand Tour of the yr come to a conclusion in Italy – the Giro d’Italia. Saturday’s penultimate stage took in simply two of the various climbs typically visited on this gruelling however lovely race that I’ve had the pleasure of taking pictures over time, the Passo Pordoi and the Passo Fedaia. The final day within the mountains. The final probability for the climbers to shine.
Beneath are a choice of prints from the 2 climbs, in addition to the notorious Mortirolo, visited earlier within the race. Prints from Italy’s mountains can be found on-line – check out the total ‘Mountains’ portfolio within the hyperlink beneath.
Passo del Mortirolo
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