The future of protectives is coming in hot! Kali Protectives arrives at Interbike 2016 with some next level technology including the release of the Macduff, the world’s first multiple impact bicycle helmet. Available only in Matt black, the Macduff is a dirt/street half shell that utilizes Kali’s new Nano Core technology, the product of an exclusive partnership with Italian materials manufacturer Alia Mentis. Nano Core combines Kali’s proprietary Composite Fusion technology with Casidion – self-healing acrylic foam that incorporates carbon Nano-tubes, effectively replacing the EPS foam found in traditionally constructed helmets.
Nano Core dissipates impact energy more efficiently than traditional EPS and can do so in a much smaller volume producing a lighter helmet. After an impact, a helmet using a traditional EPS foam liner will dent as it absorbs impact energy. EPS foam does not rebound; it stays impacted even though the helmet shell may return to its original shape and should be replaced. The Macduff however, equipped with Nano Core, will rebound without any loss in protection, and can continue to be used. No more crash and trash, the Macduff can withstand up to 8 impacts before needing to be replaced.
A sneak peek. Come by the Kali booth for a full demo and to meet the man himself, Matt Macduff.
Over a decade ago Kali founder and lead engineer, Brad Waldron developed the tooling and technology to completely in-mold a full-face helmet, something that has yet to be replicated. This breakthrough in safety technology is called Composite Fusion™, a process that eliminates the need to tape or glue foam into helmet shells. Instead, Kali bonds the shell and foam liner allowing the use of a thinner shell, producing a lighter and ultimately stronger helmet. Lighter means less mass attached to your head. In a crash, less mass on your head reduces the resultant impact g-forces acting on your grey matter.
Composite Fusion™ – Better impact energy management, increased dynamic range – smaller, lighter and stronger. It’s a no-brainer.
SHIVA 2.0In 2014 Kali released Composite Fusion™ Squared, launched the Shiva and changed what was possible for a full-face helmet. The revolutionary Shiva delivered DOT protection in a full carbon fiber helmet that weighed 1050 grams, and was an unprecedented 30% smaller than other DOT helmets. After extensive research, lab testing and some unprecedented real-world testing including Nicholi Rogatkin’s 2015 Red Bull Rampage 30 ft crash and Matt Macduff’s Loop Of Doom, Kali is pleased to release the Shiva 2.0 for 2017.
The Shiva 2.0 features the same strong and lightweight full carbon fiber shell as its predecessor, but with an entirely new interior. Kali uses Composite Fusion™ Squared to in-mold Nano Core and EPS into geometric cone shapes, allowing for exceptional interior and exterior energy management.
The 2.0 incorporates Kali’s LDL (Low-Density Layer) rotational impact technology. LDL is a proprietary padding system placed throughout the helmet, reduces rotational impact forces up to 25% and low-g linear forces by up to 30%.
These advanced technologies were put to the test in 2015 when Nicholi Rogatkin, wearing an LDL equipped Shiva prototype, crashed at Red Bull Rampage falling over 30ft before coming to a stop. Luckily, he survived the crash without losing consciousness or sustaining significant injury.
A team of concussion researchers from the London Imperial College recreated Rogatkin’s crash in laboratory conditions. They were able to calculate the linear and rotational g-forces Nicholi experienced. They found that the addition of LDL to his Shiva reduced Nicholi’s chance of experiencing MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) from 60% down to 10%.
The Shiva 2.0 – Engineered to help you be unstoppable.
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If you’re at Interbike, make sure to drop in to see the booth to experience Kali’s approach to innovation in safety technology. Team riders, Nicholi Rogatkin and Matt Macduff will also be on hand to sign posters and answer questions between 11am – noon on each day of the indoor expo.
From the fierce cold of the northern hemisphere to the warm shores of Australia or Argentina; riding the hard dusty dirt of California or the loamy trails of northern Europe, the fall season colors our riding experience differently depending on where we ride
The Alpinestars 2015 Fall Collection is truly global: no matter if your experience is warm, wet or freezing, our class leading-apparel and protection will keep you on the trails for longer. At Alpinestars we live to ride all year long, which is why our full range is guaranteed to cover all weather conditions.
Usually the last press release of the season or that of the new year are put out to announce the Superenduro schedule of the opening season, but not this time. For the very first time in the last eight years, during 2015 no races of the National Superenduro Series will take place. It has been a very tough and painful decision, but it is vital for the existence of the Superenduro itself.
In 2007 Superenduro established a race format that in a very few years became the global reference. A format which makes it possible to set up an enduro race anywhere the terrain has the essential requirements of elevation drops and suitable trails. Without the limits of the uplift systems. A format based on details and well defined rules that now represent the basic ingredients of the regulations of most of the national series and of the Enduro World Series.
It has been a long and hard job as Superenduro constantly raised the bar to make each event an experience worth the great demand of energies, time and economic resources. This job has brought a huge movement to life and has given a chance of visibility to riders, business and destinations that are now absolute references at an international level. And, of course, it has put together the template for tens of other series across the world.
At this point it is vital to call a halt, getting time to assess and understand which is going to be the best route to follow for the future of Superenduro and of the whole discipline. At all levels. We will accomplish this by listening to all the people involved in the sport, starting from the athletes and teams, pro or amateur, that constitute the real framework of the Italian enduro. But also by talking to the media and to the industry that have built endless pages of communication and a flourishing market. The comparison with the Italian Cycling Federation and with UCI will not miss either.
It has been a difficult decision to make, but it was necessary. I can’t accept to do things just halfway because we become unable to guarantee the same quality standards which we made our participants used to. We have never been able to go this way and this style has never been in the Superenduro plans. During 2014 we already had to give up about some elements in a few races. I can’t think about having to agree to compromises during 2015, it is much better if we stop it here and we understand if the conditions still exist to keep the same direction we took in 2008 and eventually think about Superenduro 2.0. But only if the conditions are still there. An enduro race is one of the most complex cycling events to put together, there is a long way to go and endless details to finalise in order to organize a 100% good race but, as I am so demanding, that is always my goal.
In the United Kingdom the National Federation decided not to keep supporting enduro, a risk that we really don’t want to face here in Italy. We are the first country in the world where the Cycling Federation has officially recognized the discipline and proclaimed the first Italian Champion in 2011 at Limone Piemonte. A race that I will never forget as it has been one of the most important moment in the world enduro history, as much as the 2012 event of Finale Ligure, when we sat with Chris, Fred and Enrico and we started to put together the Enduro World Series. With these bright thoughts in my head and conscious that the world recognizes our leadership when it comes to innovation and vision, I want to make my mind up about all of this, with time and no pressure, before going back to action. – Franco Monchiero
Franco Monchiero ensuring bikes are stored safely during last year’s Punta Ala race.
I can’t even count the number of nights spent awake thinking about the future of Superenduro, in the last weeks rumours about a likely stop started to spread out over the social network and in the media and the affection of the many enthusiasts and supporters has really represented a difficult obstacle to overcome to reach this decision. Franco and myself discussed a lot about what was the best thing to do and at the same time, in parallel with a decision that to many can be traumatic, we also started to develop ideas and thoughts about the future. Exactly as we have been doing during the first seven years of our work together. These have been seven truly intense years, during which we devoted a huge amount of time and energies to Superenduro and we can’t deny that today we feel a little tired, physically and mentally and we really need to recharge ourselves of energy and motivation.
What we really don’t want is being forced to agree to compromises between the needs of the riders, those of the destinations and the available budget. We really want to go back to have fun and give fun, working side by side with the best local crews in Italy, finding our lines in the best trails, explore new ones, offering to the sport the best possible context to further develop, in the right direction. This 2015 pause will give us the chance to attend other events and maybe even being involved as participants, getting to know new organizing crews, meeting the people who take part and developing ideas that we can then grow by giving them shape for the future. – Enrico Guala
Enrico Guala, Superenduro’s master of ceremonies.
In 2015 however Superenduro will keep moving. It will take care of the organization of the EWS round of Finale Ligure and will stand for the Italian representative of EWS, with which is working side by side. A race that back in 2012, even before the EWS, was in point of fact the most important event of the enduro discipline worldwide and that for 2015 is expected to bring new surprises. The Superenduro staff will collaborate with the organizers of a few national events and will bring its own know-how and experience.
In terms of communication, the Superenduro web page will constitute the point of reference for EWS in Italy and will keep informed about everything we are going to do during 2015. All the social network channels will be kept fresh to inform posting the most relevant and interesting news. It will continue to maintain and better still encourage the dialogue between Superenduro, riders, local organizers, industry and media.
Superenduro will also organize a series of workshops during the first months of 2015 where riders, teams, media, industry and organizers will be able to discuss the strategies of the discipline’s development.
Finally, we would like to thank all those that have been on our side in this difficult decision, understanding the reasons and keeping themselves open to the dialogue and to a future collaboration. The local organizers, riders, teams, media and most of all the partners who demonstrate to trust us and will stand by us also during 2015, supporting all that regards the communication and giving us the chance to keep working for the future of the discipline.
We love trails, you do too, simple huh? Well unfortunately not! The trails don’t build themselves, and they certainly don’t maintain themselves, and if we leave it up to the pesky council they often end up resembling gravel motorways, which we all agree are no fun!
We started Hookit Products for one reason, we love riding bikes. So we are proud to introduce our ‘Trail Advocacy Programme‘, starting with Joystick Bicycle Components we will be donating 5% of what we make from all Joystick sales to our Trails Advocacy programme.
Through this we will be spreading the money around where it is most needed and working with local charities who fight on our behalf to keep the trails open. Whether its a new shovel that is needed or help to stop the bulldozing of a great set of trails, if we can help, we will. Keep an eye out for the Trails Advocacy logo and Joystick products. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes by local charities to keep our trails open and more importantly enjoyable, now is our turn to lend a hand, it’s time to put our money where our mouth is. We are starting with Joystick but rest assured we will be expanding the programme to include the rest of our portfolio.
Bikes in Schools is a complete biking package implemented within a school that enables all students to ride a bike on a regular basis. The full package includes: a fleet of new bikes; a bike helmet for every child; combination of riding, pump and bike skills tracks; bike storage facility (where needed); bike coach to introduce the programme and teach basic riding skills. All the bikes and helmets are owned by the school and remain on the school property. The tracks are built within the school property. The storage facility (eg. converted shipping container or bike shed) is also owned by the school. Videos explaining the programme can be found athttp://www.bikeon.org.nz/bikesinschools.html
Why Bikes in Schools? Over the last 20 years there has been a dramatic fall in biking by New Zealand primary school children. This has resulted in many children not being able to experience “the joy of biking” and the many social and health impacts that result from biking regularly. We believe this project will help our children in the following areas: increased health and fitness benefits; developing self esteem, confidence, resilience and independence; learning about road safety and confidence on their bikes; developing an awareness of the environmental benefits of biking, particularly in relation to transport; learning to self-manage risks within a safe, fun learning environment. The Bike On website has links to measures of success and research related to the benefits of this project. http://www.bikeon.org.nz/bikesinschools.html#success
What will it look like? The project involves us building 3 bike tracks: a loop track (approximately 500m), a skills track with obstacles, and a pump track. The tracks will be designed and constructed by experienced contractors using well proven designs and materials. The track will be used for classroom programmes (P.E. & Health) and recreational riding at break times. Classes will have timetabled slots and we envisage daily use of the track. Our local community will have access to the track outside of school hours, so we are providing a community asset. Our neighbouring Playcentre will also have access to the track to use on a weekly basis. Once funding is generated, the timeframe is approximately 1 month for construction and we hope to have the track open for the new school year in February 2015.
Draft Proposed Plan Pinehaven School site. We visited 4 Hawke’s Bay schools who have worked with the Bike On Trust to develop the Bike in Schools programme. The photos we took will help you to visualise the project in action.
Mahora School Loop track with Skills and Pump Tracks in the background.
Mahora School Loop Track.
Kimi Ora School Bike Storage.
Kimi Ora School Skills Track with Loop Track in the background.
Kimi Ora School Pump Track with Loop Track in the background.
St. Mary’s School Loop Track.
The schools we visited varied in the length of time the tracks had been established. The oldest track was at St. Mary’s School (4 years old). The track and bikes were all still in very sound condition.
How much will this cost? The average cost for the total project is $50,000. We are currently getting finalised quotes so that we have exact costs for our track. The following costs are approximate. Purchasing of Key Project Features Possible Volunteer Work or lower cost items 50 Bikes $ 13,000 260 Helmets $ 4,000 Skills track $ 8,000–9,000 500m Loop track $ 10,000 Pump track $ 5,500 Modified container for bike storage $7,500 Cycle Skills training $ 3,000 Planting/Landscaping Bike Assembly The Board of Trustees have committed to funding $2,000 for bike and track maintenance each year once the project is complete.
We have discussed our programme with Kim Hurst, who is happy to endorse our project and the benefits that we have outlined. Among other things, Kim is a National Cyclocross Champion (2014), Karapoti Women’s course record holder, Silver medalist at the 24 hour MTB World Championships (2013), 2014 24 Hour World Champion and World 200 Mile Road Champion (2013).
Fundraising and how can you help? The school is working to generate funding for this from sources outside of our regular fund providers and are seeking support from interested agencies and local businesses. Greater Wellington Regional Council has already generously committed $20,000 towards the project, so we are nearly half way there. We are seeking sponsors to donate ‘chunks’ of money to be put towards the overall costs. Options may include funding a particular feature of the project (e.g. the pump track), or a lump sum contribution towards the project. If we receive 6 lump sum contributions of $5,000, alongside the GWR contribution, we will have $50,000. However, any contributions would be gratefully received! The bike storage area will have a professionally created sign that acknowledges organisations who have donated funds towards our project.
Further Questions? If you would like more information about our proposal or the ways in which you can help us, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to show you our site and share ‘walk’ the proposed track with you!
Mission: safer roads for cyclists in Trinidad and Tobago
Popular as a means of transport, a leisure activity and as a competitive sport, cycling should be nurtured in all its forms and at all levels.
However the successful integration of everyday and sporting cycling is not always a priority of major national cycling federations. Earlier this autumn we reported on British Cycling’s successful advocacy policies. Now we turn our attention to Trinidad and Tobago, former British territory and little sport powerhouse, especially in track and field (14 medals at the Olympic Games).
For the moment, cycling lags behind on these twin islands.
– Olympic cycling medals won by Great Britain: 75. By Trinidad and Tobago: 0 (though at London 2012 the national star Njisane Phillip finished 4th in the individual sprint).
But the two Federations have a shared vision: improving conditions for all cyclists. It does not necessarily take a Sir Chris Hoy to campaign for better cycling.
Since last November the T&T Cycling Federation (TTCF) has a new president, Robert Farrier. Two issues seem to be high on his agenda: sport development and cycling for all.
As is often the case, the two are intertwined. The new leadership is looking into nurturing a new generation of endurance roadies, in a country of natural born sprinters. But to do so, safe streets are one of the priorities in this country that recently mourned the loss of former national cyclist and coach Clinton Grant who was struck by a car when out riding.
TTCF is strengthening its partnerships with a number of stakeholders in the transport sector – namely the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) “Arrive Alive” and “Share the Road”, the Ministry of Transport and the Police.
“(Safer roads for cyclists) is nothing one organisation can solve, everyone must work together, educate drivers and enforce the laws. Many drivers are not aware that one lane is for cyclists” says former national cyclist Gene Samuel.
The Ministry of Transport, which declares itself “fully cognizant of the contribution of the transportation sector to the country’s carbon footprint” is increasingly looking at active and sustainable transport as an important component of the transport mix. Cycling is a part of it, provided that the Police enforces the rules and educates drivers with the aim of protecting the most vulnerable road users.
The country’s high obesity rates (30% according to the World Health Organization) is another social problem that more active transport could help tackle.
Farrier has a regional best practice to take inspiration from: Guadeloupe, where first-class bike paths provide locals and tourists with a popular recreational facility.
In addition, a major breakthrough is set to change the cycling landscape of the country in the very near future: the inauguration of the National Cycling Centre, which will include a state-of-the-art velodrome. Managed by SporTT, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Sport in charge of facility building and management, this top-notch sport infrastructure will bring top cyclists from the region to train and race in Trinidad and Tobago.
“We will talk to SporTT to bring top cyclists here to set up camps and so on in winter time” added Farrier. “It attracts competition. It will be a plus for us and them.”
The country is home to the sole UCI-sanctioned event in the Caribbean, the Tobago International Cycling Classic, now at its 28th edition. While realistic concerning the event’s current status, Jeff Charles – long-standing event chairman and promoter – sees the potential for the creation of a sporting tourism avenue in the islands.
Cycle-tourism, road safety, bike infrastructure, events, cross-sectoral work: TTCF (which has no paid staff) is a scale-drawing of what a NF with a vision should be.