New Tour de France Aero Tech
Latest Aero Tech from the Tour de France
The Tour de France, cycling’s biggest annual event, started this past weekend in Germany. With so much media and fan attention, brands often use the Tour de France to tease or release new products. Here is a round up of some of the newest aero tech spotted at the Tour de France from the first couple stages.
Giro has been showing off a new aero helmet on the heads of riders from BMC and Katusha. The new Vanquish looks to be a replacement for the Air Attack, which kicked off the aero helmet craze 5 years ago. While the Air Attack looked more like a helmet from the 80s with all its vents filled in, the Vanquish looks to have more thought put into it. The Vanquish has a elongated tail like the Specialized Evade or Bontrager Ballista, and more venting with large rear exhaust vents. Giro will be hoping for a few stage wins to show off their new lid from the likes of Kristoff and Van Avermaet.
Lazer first showed off the Bullet at last year’s Eurobike. The Bullet is Lazer’s first true aero helmet after years of using their Aeroshell and other removable covers on their other helmets. The Bullet’s central panel slides back to open a vent similar to the Kask Infinity, and features more adjustable ventilation with Venetian-blind like shutters. Andre Griepel and his Lotto-Soudal teammates will be looking to speed to a couple stage wins under their new lids.
Team Sky Castelli Skinsuit
Team Sky has once again come under fire from their competitors. This time its for what some are calling an illegal skinsuit. Their new Castelli skinsuits, which Team Sky debuted to great success during the Stage 1 Time Trial in Dusseldorf, has Vortex air pellets woven into the fabric to give the rider apparently a 5% boost in aerodynamics. According to some, these pellets are illegal as the rules forbid any aerodynamic addition to the jersey. But like ever other piece of equipment, it has been validated by race officials.
Orbea Orca Aero
Orbea took the opportunity of the biggest stage in the cycling world to unveil their first aero bike, the Orca Aero. The Orca Aero is also the first bike to take advantage of the UCI’s recently relaxed 3:1 tube length-to-width ratio. This allowed Orbea to make thinner but deeper fork legs to help dispense air turbulence around the front wheel for claimed savings of 8.5 seconds over 50km. Orbea also increased stiffness of the Orca Aero with thicker tubing and the truncated foil shape that is currently popular on aero bikes.
There is a round up of some of the newest aero tech showing up at the Tour de France from the first couple of stages. As the crazy circus that is the Tour de France makes its way around France for the rest of the month I expect we will see more exciting aero tech from the sports biggest manufacturers.