(Stockholm, Sweden – January 10, 2014) – POC and Team Garmin-Sharp today announced a three-year partnership. Beginning in January 2014, Swedish company POC is the official helmet and eyewear supplier of Team Garmin-Sharp, the American professional cycling team dedicated to ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions.
“We pride ourselves in working with best-in-class partners to develop equipment that helps our riders perform at their best. POC is another great example of a superior partnership and we are thrilled to add them to the Slipstream family”, says Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp.
Commenting on the partnership, Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder says:
“We are now entering the road bike scene and we need to go all in and support our mission of doing everything we can to possibly save lives and reduce the consequences of accidents, and at the same time assist with performance through advances in technology. With Team Garmin-Sharp’s spirit, values and attitude, we have found a perfect partner. Together we will come up with even better, safer and faster products for the team and in their quest to win, but also benefit road cyclists around the world who will be able to use the same products and innovations for training and racing.”
POC, a leading manufacturer of skiing and mountain biking helmets, body armor and accessories, will provide the team with helmets and eyewear. Riders for Team Garmin-Sharp will be using the award-winning and storied Octal helmet, the Octal Aero and the Tempor TT helmet.
When it comes to the eyewear, the team will choose from a number of different frames, ranging from the striking DID’s to the soon-to-be-released DO Blades. DO Blade has been developed in collaboration with 2012 Giro D’Italia champion, Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal, and Olympic TT Silver medalist Gustav Larsson – both POC team athletes.
POC will also produce additional products with specifically engineered properties to serve specific needs, depending on discipline and circumstances.
“I really believe the POC range of helmets is revolutionary in bringing new levels of comfort, aerodynamics and cooling to the market”, says Dan Martin, Team Garmin-Sharp. “I am blown away by POC’s advanced design and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them this season”, adds Martin.
POC is just about to release AVIP, it’s first road bike specific range including helmets, apparel, eyewear and accessories. AVIP stands for Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection and is POC’s most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists.
The blue color of the Octal and the Do Blade is called “Garminum Blue”, and is a salute to the team and will be used for competition. Since visibility is a key factor to road bike safety and to support the idea behind AVIP, the highly visible orange version of the Octal helmet will be the first choice for team Garmin-Sharp when training.
Starting with Australian National Championships in January, team Garmin-Sharp will be wearing POC helmets and eyewear around the world, from the Tour Down Under to The Tour de France to Liege-Baston-Liege.
About Slipstream Sports
Owned and managed by Slipstream Sports, Team Garmin-Sharp is dedicated to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions. Team Garmin-Sharp competes in a full schedule of professional cycling races in the U.S. and Europe. Additional information is available at www.slipstreamsports.com.
POC is a Swedish company, built on a strong mission to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences for gravity sport athletes and cyclists. More information at www.pocsports.com
The Department for Transport (DfT) has pledged £30,000 to enable CTC, the national cycling charity to revamp its ‘Fill That Hole’ pothole reporting website and develop a new app compatible with smartphones running Android software. The current system is only available on Iphone.
Cycling and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill demonstrates the ‘Fill that Hole’ app
Cycling and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill made the announcement on a visit to Oldham. The cash is part of a £5.8 billion additional spend on highways announced in the summer.
Robert Goodwill MP said “At best potholes are an irritation but at worst they can damage vehicles and pose a serious danger to cyclists. That is why we want people to tell councils where to find them so they can fill them in. This app means more people are going to be able to report potholes more easily.
Government backs CTC’s pothole reporting website
“Filling potholes in quickly is only one half of the story. Research has also shown a long-term approach to road maintenance, rather than patch and mend, can save councils and taxpayers money and potentially save lives thanks to better road conditions.”
CTC has been working to ensure roads are safe for cycling since our foundation in 1878. We are delighted to have the Government’s support for our‘Fill That Hole’ website and app, which are already highly effective ways for road users to get potholes filled. This partnership with the Department for Transport will enable us to provide this free service to far more cyclists and other road users. It’s also a great example of CTC and the Government working together to get Britain cycling.
CTC Chief Executive
Since CTC launched the ‘Fill that Hole’ website in 2007 there have been over 91 thousand potholereports filed by cyclists and other road users. The development of the site will make the system more user friendly for road users and an invaluable tool for highways authorities.
‘Fill that Hole’ sends local authorities up-to-the-minute information about potholes which the council may not otherwise have known about, allowing them to identify trouble spots needing action fast. In the past year around £23.8m was paid in compensation by local authorities across England due to the poor condition of their roads according to the Asphalt industry Alliance.
The support for the new app and improved website comes as more local authorities adopt new Government guidelines which urge councils to plan extensive maintenance well in advance, rather than years of costly ‘patching’ as potholes appear – saving the taxpayer money.
Over 9 million iPhone users can download the website’s current app to report potholed roads to their councils; the new app could boost that figure to over 26 million, and will make it easier and faster to submit potholes. In the meantime, road users are encouraged to report potholes on the website and when the winter damage to roads is at its greatest.
CTC originally developed its app for cyclists, who can receive life-changing injuries from accidents caused by potholes, but it is now used by all types of road user, from delivery drivers to motorists concerned about potential damage to their vehicle.
“I have used the Fill That Hole service a few times in the last 3 years. It’s easy to use and works! I had great success with our lane which was in very poor repair I reported pot holes several times and they were usually patch repaired within 3 weeks.
These repairs never lasted long and after continuing to report the holes, eventually a highways engineer came out to inspect the lane, he agreed it was unacceptable but said there was not enough funds to make proper repairs. Last year however the whole lane was resurfaced in 4 inches of tarmac, super job done and should be good for 10 years at least.”
Graham Wood from Macclesfield, cyclist and CTC member.
Users of the site and app can expect to see a series of updates over the first half of 2014
Next year the UCI Women Road World Cup will comprise eight events in seven different countries. On Monday, organisers of six of the races met at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.
The UCI Women Road World Cup seminar started with short presentations from each organiser explaining the
particularities of their event. This was followed by presentations from the UCI and discussions on a range of topics including the UCI Regulations, marketing and advertising, television broadcast and social media coverage.
Guest speaker was Emily Shaw, Manager of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Women’s Football Development, who outlined their four-year strategy to promote women’s football in Europe.
“All our organisers are very experienced and already stage top class events,” explains UCI Project Coordinator Andrea Marcellini. “The seminar gave them a chance to share their experiences and learn how others tackle different organisational issues.”
The seminar was also an occasion to award the “best event” trophy. This year it went to the Open de Suède Vargarda. Teams and riders voted for the Swedish event thanks to its excellent organisation, atmosphere and format that includes both a team time trial and road race.
New to the World Cup calendar in 2014 will be a German event, the Sparkassen Giro which will take place on August 3rd, three weeks before the Open de Suède Vargarda.
Photo: The Open de Suède Vargarda, which includes a team time trial, was voted best event of the 2013 UCI Women Road World Cup
As the UCI Road World Championships were getting under way in Florence, another category of World Champions received their rainbow jerseys just 250km away.
The UWCT (UCI World Cycling Tour) Final took place in Trento, Italy, from September 19th to 22nd. The finalists had earned the right to compete for the World title in their respective age groups by finishing in the top 25% of one of the 11 qualifying events held throughout the world.
In its third year, the UWCT has grown in importance and popularity. The Final (which replaces the former Masters World Championships) in Trento drew record participation and was broadcast by Rai Sport Television. Part of the racing was live on television and a mobile studio at the Piazzo Duomo in Trento brought a live show with interviews and race images.
“The interest from television just shows the importance that this event is taking on,” observes UCI Project Coordinator Andrea Marcellini. “We had around 1600 athletes representing countries from five continents. The largest contingent, of 220 athletes, came all the way from Australia! The level of racing and the atmosphere were quite amazing.”
A total of 23 countries claimed at least one of the 113 medals awarded across the different age groups for the men’s and women’s time trials and road races. With a total of 16 medals (10 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze) the USA topped the medals table, followed by hosts Italy (13 medals) and Slovenia (10 medals). For the record, it is Slovenia who will host the 2014 UWCT Final, in Ljubljana.
Proceedings in Trento got off to a stylish start with a celebrity team relay bringing together some of the former great names of cycling including Felice Gimondi, Francesco and Aldo Moser, Marino Basso and Gilberto Simoni. This was followed by a “test event” team relay for the UWCT participants, with mixed teams of four men and women. The tone was set for the nations’ parade through Trento to the packed-out Piazza Duomo for the Opening Ceremony.
The individual time trials were raced throughout the day on Friday over a challenging 24.6km course that finished with a 2.5km climb.
Without the traditional neutralised start as in the two previous years, the road racing on Sunday was very fast from the outset. However, there was plenty of time for breakaways and regrouping throughout the arduous journey to the final 20km climb and the finish line atop the mythical Monte Bondone!
Italy, second in the overall medal standings, was the strongest nation in the road races, winning 11 of their 13 medals in this discipline.
The 2013-2014 season of the UWCT is already underway: Amy’s Gran Fondo in Lorne, Australia, on September 15th saw the first riders earn their tickets for next year’s final in Slovenia.
The UCI Track World Cup kicks off this weekend in the iconic Manchester venue, which has launched the career of so many track legends.
Three generations of riders have wedded their history to that of the Manchester velodrome, which has been part of the world track cycling landscape since 1995. Florian Rousseau, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton left their mark on the three editions of the World Championships (1996/2000/2008) hosted there. This is where the 2013/2014 UCI Track World Cup will begin, before heading to Aguascalientes in Mexico (5 to 7 December). The host city of the third leg, scheduled for the beginning of January, will be decided next week.
The new season also marks some changes in the qualification system. Beginning this season, riders must have participated in a number of Grands Prix in order to secure an individual entry.
Coming two weeks after the European Championships in Apeldoorn (Netherlands), where Germany, Great Britain and Russia took three titles each, plus 20 medals between them (out of 39 awarded), the British weekend is also the first step on the road to the World Championships in Cali (26 February – 2 March). Competing on home ground at its own national cycling centre, British Cycling will field an impressive line-up of 17 athletes, including Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott, Olympic champions all.
Cycling Australia, meanwhile, is hoping to use Manchester as a launch pad for Joshua Harrison and Elissa Wundersitz, World Champion and bronze medallist respectively in the team pursuit at last summer’s event in Glasgow’s Chris Hoy velodrome. Three months ago Australia dominated the Junior Worlds, winning six gold medals and giving some idea of the nation’s potential. The women’s team pursuit competition is also breaking new ground, featuring teams of four riders for the first time.
German athletes Maximilian Levy (European keirin champion) and Kristina Vogel (European sprint champion), and François Pervis of France (world kilometre champion) will also be among the star riders of the three days of competition that begin on Friday.
Events will be available to watch live on youtube.com/ucichannel.