Bontrager launches new safety technology WaveCel into helmet range

Sam Challis 19 Mar 2019 The unique structure replaces part of the EPS shell and claims to protect against rotational impact forces better than MIPS Today Bontrager, the apparel and components arm of bike manufacturer Trek, has announced an exclusive partnership with WaveCel, the makers of a unique polymer structure the claims to protect against the forces experienced in a crash better than any other safety technology currently on the cycling market. Bontrager claims the new technology is 48-times more effective at preventing concussion in common cycling accidents than standard EPS foam, and even outperforms the well-regarded MIPS slip-plane technology in direct comparative testing. The material was developed by Dr Steve Madey and Dr Michael Bottlang, who have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention. Image 4 of 8 Image 4 of 8 The creation of Bontrager ...

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Ewan confident he can match Viviani, Gaviria at Milano-Sanremo

Ewan confident he can match Viviani, Gaviria at Milano-Sanremo

Sprinter Caleb Ewan's sole focus is Milano-Sanremo, and his new team Lotto-Soudal is dedicated to backing him in "La Primavera." Read the full article at Ewan confident he can match Viviani, Gaviria at Milano-Sanremo on VeloNews.com .

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This ultimate n+1 bike could be yours for just $10

This ultimate n+1 bike could be yours for just $10

The Pubesmobile was unveiled this weekend at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), and it truly stole the show. The bike is the height of ridiculousness and knowingly pokes fun at the industry as a whole, while also being a fully functional (and, so we’ve heard, fun to ride) bike. For those of you not in the know, BicyclePubes was, up until recently, an internet enigma (sadly now revealed). His left-field satirical commentary on the bike industry gained him a huge following on Instagram thanks to his hilarious observations, crude drawings and sometimes uncannily accurate predictions. He teamed up with Petor Georgallou from Dear Susan (of Grayson Perry fame) to create a bike, and held a competition to decide what shape it would take. With no holds barred, the Pubesmobile became a fun challenge to make the wildest possible ideas a reality. And lo, this crazy bike was born. ...

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Bontrager says new helmet material 48 times better at preventing concussions

Bontrager says new helmet material 48 times better at preventing concussions

A team of doctors develop a new material called WaveCel, which looks like Koroyd but functions in a different way, according to Bontrager. Read the full article at Bontrager says new helmet material 48 times better at preventing concussions on VeloNews.com .

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Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz's Megatower is an aggressive-sounding name for an aggressive-riding bike. It’s clearly a reference to the brand’s Hightower platform, which also sports 29-inch wheels and has thus far been the race bike of choice for Santa Cruz’s EWS racers, Iago Garay and Mark Scott. But really, the new bike is better thought of as a 29er version of the Nomad. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01+ Reserve review When Santa Cruz launched the Nomad version 4 back in 2017 , many of us were wondering why, with the Santa Cruz Syndicate already racing 29er downhill bikes, the Nomad wasn’t available as a 29er. EWS racers underlined our point by largely choosing to race on an over-shocked version of the Hightower. These bikes then evolved into the Hightower LT, which uses a longer stroke shock and a different swing arm ...

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An abrupt (too abrupt?) start to the 2020 Tour de France

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Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, does not want us sleeping anymore. The post An abrupt (too abrupt?) start to the 2020 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Fast Forward Wheels and Extra UK have agreed on the distribution of FFWD in the UK

For more than ten years, a team of passionate cyclists based out of their head office in Zwolle, the Netherlands, work daily on creating and building the world's best wheels. FFWD's knowledge and experience is purely focussed on wheels, creating a full range of high-end carbon wheels for all cycling disciplines, whether that be road, track, cyclocross or triathlon. By being part of professional teams like Direct Energie (Niki Terpstra) and Arkea-Samsic (Andre Greipel, Warren Barguil), FFWD can count on the highest quality feedback to further develop the products, to ensure they consistently deliver the best performing wheels on the market. "The UK is a strong cycling market which asks for a strong distribution partner. We are confident that Extra UK is the right partner for us to bring the FFWD story to the UK dealers!" says FFWD sales manager Edwin Koopmans. Mark Greshon, head of brands at Extra UK ...

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Evenepoel to resume racing at Nokere Koerse and Bredene Koksijde Classic

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Remco Evenepoel will reunite with Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates at Nokere Koerse and Bredene Koksijde Classic on Wednesday and Friday in Belgium. Despite crashing out of the UAE Tour in February, the 19-year-old has otherwise had a strong start to his debut season with Deceuninck-QuickStep in his two opening stage races, and the team's management is eager to see how he performs in the one-day Classics. Deceuninck-QuickStep have already won four of the opening Classics; Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Le Samyn and Strade Bianche, among their total of 16 victories so far this season. At Nokere Koerse, Evenepoel will join the team's sprinter Alvaro Hodeg, who won a stage at the Colombia Tour, Rémi Cavagna, Iljo Keisse, Davide Martinelli, Le Samyn winner Florian Sénéchal and Pieter Serry, during the 195.6km race. "Nokere, with its narrow roads and legendary cobbled uphill finish, was already going to be tough, but the wind and rain ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Alaphilippe wins bunch sprint on stage 6

Julain Alaphilippe wins stage 6 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Sometimes, the plan doesn't quite come together, yet still, Deceuninck-QuickStep go on winning. It's that kind of year. The penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico seemed to lend itself to Elia Viviani's sprinting talents, but instead, it was Julian Alaphilippe who claimed victory for the Belgian squad in Jesi. Deceuninck-QuickStep spent much of the afternoon working to peg back the day's early break and when the men in blue massed on the front of the peloton in the final kilometre, the scene looked set for Viviani to land his second stage victory of the week. The Italian champion seemed to lose his way somewhat in a chaotic finale, however, and opted to latch onto Peter Sagan's rear wheel as the sprint unfolded. Up ahead, meanwhile, his teammate Max Richeze was delivering a pitch-perfect lead-out for the irrepressible Alaphilippe, and the Frenchman, though hardly on his preferred terrain, produced a scorching acceleration to ...

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Astana’s incredible spring hits crescendo with weekend double-whammy

Astana’s incredible spring hits crescendo with weekend double-whammy

Team Astana has already matched its 2017 win tally in less than three months of racing, finding its groove with young talents and now-healthy veterans. Read the full article at Astana’s incredible spring hits crescendo with weekend double-whammy on VeloNews.com .

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2020 Tour de France will begin with two road stages in Nice

Christian Prudhomme presents the 2017 Tour de France route

Details have been announced of the opening two stages of the 2020 Tour de France , which gets underway in Nice on June 27 of next year. ASO confirmed on Monday that the opening weekend of the 2020 Tour will feature two road stages, both beginning and ending in Nice. While stage 1 offers the sprinters a chance to race for the first yellow jersey of the Tour on the Promenade des Anglais, stages 2 sees the Tour make a very early entry into the Alps. The Col de la Colmiane and the Col de Turini will both feature ahead of a testing finale that includes the Col d'Èze and the Col des Quatre Chemins ahead of a fast drop into Nice. It will be the second time that Nice hosts the Grand Départ. In 1981, the race began with a prologue in Nice, won by Bernard Hinault, before a ...

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Contract talks between Nibali and Bahrain stall

Vuincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Negotiations between Vincenzo Nibali and Bahrain-Merida show no signs of re-opening with both parties still at loggerheads over the terms of a possible contract extension. The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of 2019, and although an offer was put on the table by the Bahrain Merida management last season it remains unsigned as Nibali waits for improved terms. Meanwhile, speculation linking the 2018 Milan-San Remo winner with Trek-Segafedo continues to grow, with Bahrain Merida believing that the star GC rider met with the Italian team during Tirreno-Adriatico. Segafredo are reported to be keen on signing Nibali and made an approach to discuss a move several months ago. That interest has only intensified in recent weeks . "There hasn't been any further negotiations and we're still sitting where we were about a month ago," Bahrain Merida's Brent Copeland told Cyclingnews on Monday, during a brief visit to McLaren ...

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UCI Para-cycling track worlds: Aussies light it up

UCI Para-cycling track worlds: Aussies light it up

Check that extra luggage! Australia's para-cycling team are coming home from the track worlds with 17 medals and nine rainbow jerseys!

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Total to replace Direct Energie as title sponsor ahead of Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra in his new Direct Energie kit during the reconnaissance

Total is set to replace Direct Energie as the title sponsor of Jean-René Bernaudeau’s ahead of Paris-Roubaix , according to a report in L’Équipe . The French petrochemical giant purchased the Direct Energie company last year, and it is anticipated that its branding will appear on the team’s kit from next month. Although Bernaudeau declined to discuss the matter at Paris-Nice last week, L’Équipe reports that the team’s new identity will be formally unveiled ahead of Paris-Roubaix, which takes place on April 14. In the immediate term, the switch from Direct Energie to Total would see a change in team kit, with Bernaudeau’s squad swapping their current black and yellow garb for a blue jersey with red details. In the longer term, L’Équipe anticipates that the arrival of Total as title sponsor will lead to a significant increase in the team’s budget, which currently stands below €10 million per year. ...

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Ronde van Drenthe: Bastianelli wins, heartache for Mitchelton-Scott

Ronde van Drenthe: Bastianelli wins, heartache for Mitchelton-Scott

Team Virtu's Marta Bastianelli fended off Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) for muddy victory at the women's Ronde van Drenthe. But for two strokes of bad luck, it might have gone Mitchelton-Scott's way.

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Ronde van Drenthe: Bastianelli wins, bad luck for Mitchelton-Scott

Ronde van Drenthe: Bastianelli wins, bad luck for Mitchelton-Scott

Team Virtu's Marta Bastianelli fended off Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) for muddy victory at the women's Ronde van Drenthe. But for two strokes of bad luck, it might have gone Mitchelton-Scott's way.

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Bernal left in disbelief after winning Paris-Nice

Egan Bernal in the yellow jersey

Team Sky's Egan Bernal took the biggest win of his career so far when he landed the overall classification of Paris-Nice on Sunday, and said that the reality of what he's achieved may take some time to sink in. Bernal's win came in large part thanks to his ability to have finished up at the front of the race in the windy opening couple of stages, thanks to sterling work by teammate Luke Rowe, in particular, who gave him plenty of 'on the job' training, shouting to tell the diminutive climber where he needed to be, while around them their rivals lost their heads and, early on, their chances of winning the race. Bernal then struck the killer blow on stage 7, with its summit finish on the Col de Turini, to take the leader's jersey, having matched Movistar's Nairo Quintana and putting time into his other rivals. "I can't ...

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Fuglsang dedicates impressive Tirreno-Adriatico win to Scarponi

Fuglsang dedicates impressive Tirreno-Adriatico win to Scarponi

Jakob Fuglsang soloed to a classy victory on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico, taking Astana's second win in a row at the race, and the team's 19th this season. Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates extended his overall lead with a couple of plucky attacks of his own.

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Lockwood pulls back over a minute to win Redlands Bicycle Classic

Kevin Vermaerke (Axeon), winner Cory Lockwood and Eder Frayre on the Redlands overall podium

Semper Porro's Cory Lockwood pulled back an overnight deficit of over a minute to race leader Kevin Vermaerke ( Hagens Berman Axeon ) to win the overall classification of the Redlands Bicycle Classic on Sunday. Knowing that he needed to take back so much time, Lockwood went on the attack early, joining up with eventual stage winner Quinn Simmons (Landis Cyclery/Trek Team), with Vermaerke eventually trailing home 2:28 behind in 18th place, leaving Lockwood to take the title by 1:25, with Eder Frayre (Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling) third overall, another 24 seconds back. “It’s fantastic,” Lockwood said. “I’ve been doing this race for quite a few years now. Specifically this race, I remember Paul Abrahams (KHS Elevate Director) telling me, ‘someday you’ll win this race,’ but then I remember coming out here getting lapped and crashing and this and that, 40th place, but I just kept working at it. It ended ...

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Ronde van Drenthe: Boels Dolmans place four in top 10 but miss out on victory

Marta Bastianelli moves towards Chantal Blaak in the sprint

Boels Dolmans showed great strength in depth as they placed four riders in the top 10 at Sunday's Ronde van Drenthe , with Chantal Blaak finishing as runner-up, and defending champion Amy Pieters winning the group sprint for fourth place, with Amalie Dideriksen in sixth and Jip van den Bos taking 10th. However, between 2014 and 2018, the Dutch team won the race four times, including three wins in a row from Blaak, Dideriksen, and Pieters. The decision, therefore, to have Blaak drive a two-rider chase with renowned sprinter Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) in the finale of the race to catch lone leader Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) appeared peculiar. As expected, Bastianelli won the sprint , leaving Blaak and her teammates with four good placings, but no winner's bouquet. Blaak was arguably the strongest rider in the race as she led an echelon-diminished front group onto the final cobblestone ...

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