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Factor to ICA latest in bike manufacturer merry-go-round

Cycling’s silly season extends beyond rider contracts to bike sponsorships as well.

The upcoming 2020 season sees a few key changes in what the top elite men’s pro riders will be racing on in the WorldTour.

Two teams confirmed changes this week. Astana announced the end of its three-year relationship with bike sponsor Argon, while Israel Cycling Academy is set to race on Factor bikes as it steps up to the WorldTour next season.

Factor slots back into the WorldTour after a one-year hiatus following its departure from Ag2r-La Mondiale at the end of 2018 in what was a two-year deal with the French team. Factor will replace ICA’s De Rosa sponsor as the team takes over the WorldTour license of Katusha-Alpecin.

Astana has yet to name its new supplier, though a few brands have already been linked to the Kazakh outfit, while ICA officials said Factor will help it take the next step up to the WorldTour.

“Factor has convinced in the past to be a great bike,” said ICA manager Kjell Carlström. “We believe that the performance will be up there with the best. We also share the same ideas regarding developing the bikes further.”

The team — still waiting for UCI approval on its WorldTour move — will use the Factor ONE bike on the flats, and the brand’s 02 VAM frames in climbing stages.

The Katusha-ICA merger also has implications for Canyon, which sponsored both Katusha and Movistar in 2019 at the WorldTour level. Canyon stays with Movistar, but follows Nairo Quintana to Arkéa-Samsic in 2020 to the second-tier Professional Continental level. Canyon also remains a key sponsor of superstar Mathieu van der Poel and his Corenden-Circus team, also at the Pro-Conti level.

There was a lot of movement in 2019, including a three-way swap between sponsors and teams. As BMC Racing closed shop and transitioned into the CCC Team, the Swiss bike manufacturer went to Dimension Data. The new-look CCC team raced on Giant bikes, which had sponsored Sunweb. To complete the triangle, Cervélo moved from Dimension Data to Sunweb, replacing Giant.

Bike partnerships remain a vital component to the WorldTour sponsorship puzzle, but it’s interesting to see manufacturers step back from title sponsorship roles over the past few seasons.

For example, Merida will remain with the Bahrain-backed team for 2020, but will step down as co-title sponsor, with backer McLaren expected to join Bahrain on the team jersey.

Only Trek, with Trek-Segafredo, and Scott, with Mitchelton-Scott, remain as a co-title sponsor for 2020. BMC, Giant, Cannondale, Cervélo, and Merida have all been WorldTour co-title sponsors at some point over the past several seasons.

That indicates two things; first, teams are finding non-cycling endemic sponsors to step up. And it also reveals that bike manufacturers are content to step back in terms of the financial commitment that it takes to be on a team’s jersey. Bike sponsorships involve millions of dollars in equipment and financial commitment, with a co-title sponsorship coming at an even higher premium.

Bike manufacturers have often stepped up as co-sponsor to help team owners keep a team afloat against a wider search for new backers. Several teams have permanent staffers dedicated to hunting down title sponsorship partners, with at least one WorldTour team having a full-time staffer fully dedicated to trying to crack into the Chinese market.

In all, there will be at least 15 different bike brands represented across 19 teams — up from 18 in 2019 — in the WorldTour next year. Right now, Specialized is the only manufacturer with more than one team in its quiver for 2020, backing Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

WorldTour sponsorship remains invaluable for bike manufacturers in terms of marketing, visibility, sales, and product development. Many teams have long-running deals with bike manufacturers, such as Pinarello with Sky/Ineos, which has been with the UK team since its founding in 2010.

So far, Factor is the only new sponsor stepping into the WorldTour that wasn’t already represented in the peloton in 2019. Astana’s blank spot and Cofidis’s final bike sponsorship deal (its two-year deal with Kuota ends this year) could see an additional new bike company enter the WorldTour for 2020.

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New York to Philly bike ride open to riders; will travel through Bucks and Burlington counties

Between New York City and Philadelphia, the East Coast Greenway route is an oasis of nature amid a region of urban development and suburban sprawl.

The walking, running and biking trail, which has a 3.7-mile section in Bordentown Township along the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath in Burlington County, a 9-mile stretch along the Delaware Canal State Park Trail in Bucks County and a 0.7-mile portion on the Bristol Spur Line Park Trail in Bristol, is an ongoing project of The East Coast Greenway Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in Durham, North Carolina.

But the key word is ongoing. The alliance still wants to cultivate 2,000 more miles worth of trail up and down the east coast.

And on May 16, 2020, the New York to Philly corridor of the route will help the alliance take a massive step toward building out the trail in every other state.

On that weekend, the East Coast Greenway Alliance will host a New York to Philly bike ride designed to raise money for the greenway.

Riders will depart from Manhattan, take a ferry into Jersey City and bike down to Princeton. Then they will pause for the night at either a local hotel or the Princeton Family YMCA. On Sunday morning, they will continue to Trenton, cross the Delaware River and finish through Bucks County before ending in Philadelphia, where “a celebration will await them,” according to an event press release.

The bike ride is open to 500 riders and the sign up list is already approaching 200 riders, while the interest list has more than 2,500 names on it, according to event organizers. So they are encouraging bikers from Burlington and Bucks counties and elsewhere to sign up fast.

The sign up fee for an individual biker is $125, but individual riders also must make a $500 fundraising commitment.

“It’s a great way to connect and experience nature even in an urban setting,” said John Martin, the communications manager for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. “I’ve done it in Philly and it’s fantastic. It’s a little oasis in a big city.”

“There used to be a section of Philly that was polluted. You couldn’t go there. Now it’s a beautiful stretch that people bike on every day,” said Dennis Markatos-Soriano, the alliance’s executive director. “That’s exactly what we want to achieve.”

The alliance has been working since the early ’90s to cultivate the ambitious project, which, when completed, will be a 3,000-mile walking, running and biking trail network through 15 states and 450 communities. The route will start in Calais, Maine, a town on the U.S.-Canada border in our northernmost state, and end in Key West, Florida, the southernmost town in our southernmost state.

At this point, the alliance still has those 2,000 miles to go and many more local governments to convince. But the New York to Philly portion, which is also the most populous region on the trail, stands as an example of what the greenway can become over time.

Martin and Markatos-Soriano estimated that millions of people of all ages in the region, use the trail network to exercise and get out into nature. The New York to Philly region of the route is so developed that it even has sign posts signifying that it’s part of the greenway.

The bike ride will be a victory lap of sorts for the alliance, showcasing a crucial portion of the route. But it will also raise thousands of dollars for reinvestment into local trail sections and for investment into future portions in other states. And if it’s successful, it might even become an annual event.

The 2020 ride will run along the Delaware River in Bucks County. But according to Markatos-Soriano, the 2021 ride might do so on the Jersey side, in Burlington County.

“We see the interest for the bike ride and it could unlock further millions,” he said.

Trails can transform communities, officials said.

“It could help transform the region into a safer, healthier place for everybody,” Markatos-Soriano said.

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Black Friday Cycling Deals – 52% off Northwave Extreme GT Road Cycling Shoes

While the weather is decidedly bleak outside, it’s prime time for saving big on your summer cycling kit.

November is one of the worst months for getting out on the bike. The nights continue to draw in, the weather is getting worse, and we’re really not sure where the form of summer has gone.

Add to that the fact that in the UK we’ve had one of the wettest autumns on record and it’s not surprising that the longing for the return of spring is strong. Thankfully, this time of year is great for buying your cycling kit for summer.

Northwave’s Extreme GT road shoes are a prime example. This is a top-end pair of road shoes with a stiff Morph 12 AAS carbon sole that features Anatomical Arch Support for maximum power transfer.

To keep things comfortable on longer rides, the upper has been made using super-thin materials, allowing it to form around your foot. The X-Frame construction helps to spread retention pressure evenly and also keeps your foot locked during big power efforts.

Northwave provides their SLW2 dial with multiple anchor points down the shoe. This dial allows you to tighten and loosen the shoe with micro-adjustments or release tension fully.

At just £99, down from £205, this is a cracking deal. You’ll just want to keep them away from the winter weather as white shoes don’t like the rain!

About Northwave

Started by Italian Gianni Piva in the 1980s, Northwave Sportswear began life making boots for the newly developed sport of snowboarding, quickly gaining recognition as one of the leading extreme sports brands.

By the early 1990s Piva had been drawn into the world of cycling and have seen great success in the action sports industry, decided to begin development and manufacture of high-end cycling shoes.

Northwave has always been recognized as a byword for top quality, offering a complete range that features ongoing improvements thanks to the constant introduction of innovative solutions.

Over the years Northwave shoes have been worn by some of the greats of the sport including Mario Cipollini, Tom Boonen, Peter Van Petegem, Fabian Cancellara, Frank and Andy Schleck, Alejandro Valverde and Tom Dumoulin.

Northwave have since expanded their range from exclusively making footwear, to producing a whole range of cycling clothing and attire. With their range now including jerseys, jackets, shorts, bib tights, warmers, socks and even eyewear, Northwave can honestly say that they provide its customers with apparel from head to toe.
About Merlin Cycles

Merlin Cycles was initially a mail-order business started in June 1993 by John Moss in the spare bedroom of his house in Whittle Le Woods near Chorley. A few months later the company opened a shop premises in Ormskirk, Lancashire. In 1998 Merlin Cycles moved to larger shop premises in Leyland.

Merlin Cycles spent ten years on the Leyland premises. During this time they began designing their own mountain bikes, including the Rock Lobster steel hardtails and then the Malt aluminium hardtails.

From an original concentration on the UK mountain bike market, recent years has seen the company switch to catering equally for the increasing road cycling market. In 2008 the company moved to their current shop, warehouse and office premises in Buckshaw Village, Chorley.

In 2012 Merlin Cycles began as the sole importer of Dutch-based bike company Sensa. Merlin Cycles now have an exclusive UK deal with Sensa.

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2019 UCI Road World Championships cycling jerseys revealed

Yorkshire 2019, in partnership with Event Merchandising and the UCI’s official cycling clothing supplier Santini, has revealed three special-edition jersey designs to celebrate the 2019 UCI Road World Championships coming to Yorkshire this September.

This is the first time Santini has produced a country-inspired range, which also includes a premium-edition t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt also featuring the Union Jack design.

Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said: “The special-edition jerseys represent the event perfectly. They are the high quality and high-performance garments we’ve come to expect from Santini and will be a great memento of this once-in-a-generation event.”

These will be available to purchase online and from the Fan Zone Superstore in Harrogate, alongside a selection of casual clothing and other accessories.

Check out the full official Yorkshire 2019 merchandise range at www.bikejerseyscustom.com.

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Global Cycling Wears Market Analysis 2019-2025 : Giro, Castelli, Pearl Izumi, Shimano, Merrell, Louis Garneau, Primal Wear

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Chapter 5 and 6, Regional Market Analysis that includes United States, China, Europe, Japan, Korea & Taiwan, Cycling Wears Segment Market Analysis (by Type);
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Chapter 10, Regional Marketing Type Analysis, International Trade Type Analysis, Supply Chain Analysis;
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Guide to buy cycling jerseys

 

Wearing a cycling jersey may not be one of your priorities when cycling, however, it is important to know that the jersey is a key piece to pedal more efficiently and comfortably.

While cycling can be done in a cotton shirt or wearing any garment that you like to wear for that occasion, you should know that there are simple ways to do it in a more practical and comfortable way. And wearing a cycling jersey is one of them.

Why do you need a cycling jersey?

In general, the use of the cycling jersey or suit allows a smooth rubbing, guarantees the adequate fit to the skin and avoids hooks with any part of the bicycle and even with other cyclists, when wheels in the peloton.

And if you are looking to improve your performance on the bike, wearing a triathlon suit for men will help you achieve this goal, as you know, the wind is the enemy of the cyclist’s performance and, surprisingly, few of us consider a jersey or cycling jersey is one of the most effective ways to reduce the resistance of our bodies to the wind.

Considerations when looking for a cycling jersey

Like any piece of your cycling gear, as well as the components of your bike, the cycling jersey also needs certain considerations before purchasing it to suit your personal needs.

The fabrics

The two types of fabrics most used for the manufacture of the cycling jersey are synthetic and wool, both fabrics are excellent for different reasons.

The synthetic material is cheaper, so manufacturers use words like Profile, Wind-stopper, Thermo-flex, among many others, to assure the consumer that their patented fabrics create better results than their competitors. In practice, everyone will protect you from the cold wind; they will not overheat your body and absorb moisture from your skin with the greatest ability.

Special features

Generally, in both settings its design is longer in the back than the front, this is because the position you adopt when pedaling would leave your lower back uncovered. There are short sleeves and long sleeves; with elastic at the waist and without it; with back pockets and without these.

And in the case of pockets, the mountain bike jersey has zippers on these, unlike that used by road cyclists, who use elastic, and this is because, on the mountain, the zippers in the pockets will avoid that the large protuberances that you will find on the road may lead to rebounds of valuables or tools, making them fall from these and, that the elastic will hardly keep them in place.

How to choose the size of your cycling jersey

You may not be inclined to wear a sweater that fits the sinuous anatomy of your body and less if you are out of shape. And I understand, one of the advantages of cycling is the comfort and you do not have to sacrifice it with a jersey that will let you see all that junk food that refuses to leave your body. In which case a baggy sweater can help you feel more comfortable.

But keep in mind that the greater the adjustment of your jersey, the lower the wind resistance you will experience due to all that extra material. A very loose jersey will only slow you down and on long trips, you will actually lose some of your energy. So, although you cannot opt for a tight suit, aero type if you want something that fits you well and helps you increase your performance on the bike.

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Triban Long-Sleeved Merino Wool Bike Touring Jersey

The Triban Long-Sleeved Merino Wool Bike Touring Jersey from French sports giant Decathlon represents incredible value for money, harnessing all the qualities of the famous fine sheepswool and looking chic both on and off the bike.

Pros: The performance of merino; functional and good looking; very competitively priced
Cons: Those with longer arms might find the sleeves slightly short in the cycling position

Packing for a multi-day cycle tour focuses the mind like nothing else. The knowledge that you have to lug everything with you up all the hills forces you to think very carefully about every single item. Do you really need that pair of pants or can you ‘go commando’ in the evening? Should you wear flip-flops? Saw the handle off your toothbrush?

A single, reliable, super-versatile jersey that with some canny layering can be worn every day in all conditions takes out a lot of cycling kit-related guesswork. One that can all do that and double up as a pub jumper is priceless. The Triban merino jersey is one of those.

The simple, solid burgundy colour with subtle black trim (also available in navy blue with orange trim) disguises what is a sophisticated and feature-packed construction: the 49% merino/51% acrylic main fabric is stitched into panels separated by breathable zones down the centre of the back and under the arms. Here a mesh fabric is deployed. The quilted shoulders incorporate an extra layer of fabric for windproofing, since merino on its own is not windproof.

The photos show the locations of the reflective strips – always good to have and these ones didn’t crack or peel after the first wash.

 

There are the three standard pockets at the rear plus an extra side one to the left.

A large single mesh pocket covers them, providing extra carrying capacity if a rain jacket needs to be stowed on the fly.

There’s also a two-in-one zipped breast pocket that I found useful for sticking the Garmin in while juggling the rest of the luggage at the end of each day.

Based on our medium sample, the sizing is accurate. The fit is relaxed, as you’d expect for touring, but although great for standing upright with hands by your sides it doesn’t work quite as well in the cycling position, with the sleeves riding up slightly (my arms are slightly longer than the model’s in the photos) especially with a close-fitting gilet pulling them up into the armpits.

The collar has a decent height and when zipped up fully is comfortable against the neck thanks to a well placed ‘zip garage’.

Although there’s a silicone gripper at the rear, it’s not enough to stop the jersey sagging when the pockets are loaded, something that wouldn’t be an issue if the back was cut slightly shorter.

At 10 or 11°C with a summer-weight baselayer underneath, the Triban performed faultlessly. The merino traps enough heat to keep you warm for slower riding, but for potentially sweaty hill slogs heat escapes easily through the breathable fibre itself as well as through the mesh zones.

Talking of sweat, the Triban didn’t get at all whiffy in three very big days of Welsh riding. A fresh baselayer each morning – touring best practice – absorbed odours and the merino stayed impressively pong free.

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Triban RC 500 Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

The warm, bright and comfortable Triban RC 500 Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey is a great option for winter riding. Coming in at just under £35, it offers plenty of bang for buck with its soft fleece lining, good quality build, and more pockets than you possibly thought you needed. The waistband could be tighter, but that’s a minor (and subjective) point considering the price.

Pros: Price, soft inner, extra pockets
Cons: The waistband could be a little tighter

The 85% polyester and 15% elasthane combination has created a supersoft and surprisingly warm outfit. On milder days it can get a little too warm – the ventilated areas under the arms and on the back aren’t quite enough to prevent you sweating – but on bitterly cold mornings it’s perfect for keeping you at a comfortable temperature.

The sleeve cuffs fit comfortably close without too much pressure; they’re elasticated enough to go over gloves or under depending on how tight the gloves are. There’s no silicone gripper to keep the cuffs in place, but I found the sleeves a good length when on the bike and there was no tendency to move up.

The waistband doesn’t have gripper either and, for me, could do with being a little tighter to hold its position when there’s nothing in your pockets to weigh it down. Having said that, a little added winter body weight might do the job too…

Although the waistband is a little loose on me, the main body of fabric, especially in the upper half, fits well – tighter but allowing full movement.

An extra ‘waste pocket’ is a nice addition to the spacious standard three rear pockets. Positioned on the right hip, it gives you somewhere to put your empty energy bar and gel wrappers, so no dropped litter when reaching for your next snack.

There’s also a zipped water-repellent compartment on the central pocket for your phone or valuables, although it’ll struggle to fit some of today’s larger mobiles. All in, there’s plenty of space for your snacks and extra clothing for long winter rides.

On the whole, the jersey washed relatively well. On occasion when worn during a cyclo-cross warm-up, a normal wash struggled to get the mud out, but with a bit of care and a handwash it would come up clean enough.

You’ll be highly visible in the fluoro lime yellow with charcoal grey panels on those dark evening commutes, but if you’re not a fan there are other colour choices: navy and grey, navy and teal blue and, lastly, plain black.

As with much of the Decathlon Triban range, the RC 500 long sleeve jersey comes in at a great price. One of the few items we’ve tested at a remotely similar price is its cheaper sibling, the Triban RC 100, while for just another £15 you could go merino with the Triban Merino Bike Touring Jersey.

dhb’s thermal long sleeve jersey (link is external) is the same price as the RC 500 – but you can pay a lot more.

You also get a two-year guarantee, although it only covers manufacturing defects – ‘fair wear and tear’ and ‘accident damage’ are just a few of the exclusions.

If you’re going to be covering some big winter miles, whether as a weekend warrior or late evening commuter, the great value for money Triban RC 500 long sleeve jersey will stand you in good stead.

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GORE x Romance announces LIMITED EDITION Shakedry weatherproof cycling jacket

Even if you aren’t attending the Rouleur Classic cycling expo in person this weekend (starting today, actually), don’t worry because we’ve got your back, delivering all the news we can about the latest and greatest cycling apparel and gear.

For example, this GORE Wear x Romance collaboration, the Gore-Tex Shakedry cycling jacket which combines GORE-TEX membrane with new printing technologies to produce the limited edition GORE x RMNC GTX SD Jacket. Only 200 of the unique print jackets will be produced, each subtly different, each individually numbered.

In case you didn’t know, Romance is an independent cycling apparel brand based in London and they are renowned for their creative collaboration projects. Romance has been involved with some of the world’s most prominent brands, artist and designers on projects from cycling jerseys and bike frames to casual wear.

You might ask, what’s the big deal about the jacket? Apart from the slightly different and therefore unique pattern on each jacket, printing on GORE-TEX’s Shakedry material has previously been constricted to a handful of dark colours. We all love a black cycling jacket because it goes well with a lot any other colour and appreciate the weatherproofing qualities of Gore-Tex, too, but having a splash of colour on the jersey can enhance the looks a cycling jacket, admittedly.

Gore engineers in the “technical oriented fabrics” division in Putzbrunn near Munich were challenged to create an even more advanced material, so they developed a special “metallised” GORE-TEX membrane and used newly developed ink and a modified digital printer to open up an unprecedented range of colour. Although the Gore engineers’ original development never made it to the market, the digital printing of the GORE-TEX Shakedry with its GORE-TEX membrane as outer shell is now alive with this exclusive cycling jacket.

Apart from looking good, the new GORE x RMNC GTX SD jacket will also be breathable and have a durable beading surface so you can keep pushing your limits on the saddle, regardless of the weather conditions.

The jacket also features an ergonomically shaped collar, elastic hem, reflective detailing and a front zip pocket that doubles as a stow-away pocket for riders. Customers who purchase a limited edition GORE x RMNC GTX SD Jacket will also receive a GORE-TEX musette, produced with leftover GORE-TEX laminate.

Commenting on the new jacket, Ben Washington, Sales and Marketing Associate at GORE® Wear said: “We are really stoked to collaborate with the team at ROMANCE to develop the stunning GORE x RMNC GTX SD Jacket. Merging their creative genius with GORE®’s technical innovation, we have really pushed the boundaries of modern design to offer riders an unprecedented level of function and form. Using a modified membrane and new printing technologies we have unlocked a new palette of colours for SHAKEDRY™ products and look forward to the possibilities this opens up for the future”

Nathan Dytor at ROMANCE added, “The design inspiration was born from nature: The forever developing patterns, shadows, light and atmosphere we all encounter on every ride, every time. Our design is an ode to the sky and its clouds, the ocean and its shadows, the tarmac and its scars, the fields and their contours – ever-changing, never the same. We wanted our jacket to speak of individuality and the truth that nothing ever stays the same. That’s why each jacket is completely unique, each one different to the next, each one individually numbered. The GORE x Romance jacket is delivering you a product as individual as every ride you have ever been on.”