Castelli Sanremo Speed Suit (Oliver Woodman/BikeRadar)
From the latest product news to details of routes
and events, our news round-up is a collection of short snippets of
information in one handy article.
Today we bring you news that Castelli’s Sanremo Speed Suit is finally available to buy, as well as Polar’s Tour de France version of their RCX5 computer, Allen Lim’s cookbook for cyclists, Ben Cathro’s new mountain biking skills tuition company and much more.
Product and team news
Castelli’s road speed suit finally arrives
First seen at last year’s Milan-Sanremo but most remembered
for Johan Vansummeren’s win at Paris-Roubaix in it, Castelli’s Sanremo
Speed Suit is finally here. Traditional aero skinsuits aren’t practical at all for road
racing, primarily because they don’t have rear pockets but also because it’s hard to take a toilet break in them. Castelli have aimed for the best of
both worlds with this speed suit.
They’ve taken an aero jersey (with new fabrics on the
underarm) and stitched it to a pair of Body Paint bibshorts. The stitching goes
right around the waist but leaves the front – an inch either side of the
full-length zip – open. Aero benefits are said to come through improved airflow
around the torso with its form-fitting shape and dimpled strips, while ventilation and comfort are
improved with a full mesh rear and the lack of bibstraps. It’s available now from UK distributor
Saddleback for £230.
Polar unveil ‘Tour de France’ bike computer
Polar are set to release a Tour de
France version of their RCX5 training computer (£374.50) this April, decked out
in the yellow colour of the famous race. Colour change apart, there aren’t any
other changes to the standard version, so you’ll again get a GPS-ready computer
with cycling-specific add-ons such as speed, heart rate and cadence sensors.
Recipe for success
Eating properly is one of
the key ingredients to becoming a successful cyclist, but with training and
work often taking priority, cooking often gets relegated to the backseat. In
his new book The Feed Zone: Fast and
Flavorful Food for Athletes, sports physiologist Dr Allen Lim lets the
world in on the recipes he and chef Biju Thomas have created for riders including Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer. Containing 150 recipes “that even the busiest athletes can
prepare in less time than it takes to warm up for a workout”, the book is
available here priced £17.95.
British frame maker Swallow to relaunch at Bespoked Bristol
The second Bespoked Bristol handmade bicycle show is just
around the corner (23-25 March) and it’s been revealed British frame maker
Swallow will re-launch after a 12 year hiatus. Around 2,500 bespoked frames
were hand-crafted for customers between 1981 and 1989, specializing in tandems
and mountain bikes. Founders Peter Bird and Robert Wade are enthusiastic about
reviving their business, saying their passion for frame building was what
attracted them back. For more on Swallow and the rest of Bespoked Bristol’s
exhibitors, visit the show website.
Routes, racing rides
Ben Cathro unveils mountain biking coaching company
Scottish downhill world cup
racer Ben Cathro has unveiled his own mountain bike coaching and guiding
company, Sick Skills. He’s taken the step after calling
time on his international career, conceding that another season ploughing the circuit would have been too much for his bank balance to take. And so the next chapter in his life begins.
Running the courses on his
local Benderloch trails near Oban, a typical session includes a run through of
bike set-up and skills tuition on the trails throughout the day. Sessions are
offered on all types of riding, from downhill to cross-country to freeriding. Prices
range from £65 for beginner sessions up to £125 for downhill tuition.
London Nocturne to return 9 June
The IG London Nocturne returns to the City of London on 9 June, with an
elite criterium, Penny Farthing and folding bike racing, plus a longest skid
competition, all on the menu. The free-to-attend mini cycling festival, held in
the streets surronding Smithfield Market, starts at 5pm with the folding bike race
heats, with the elite race rounding off proceedings at 9.15pm. The event will
also see bike racing return to British broadcaster Channel 4, having originally
held Tour de France rights for 15 years from the mid 80s. For more details,
visit the event website.