RxSport Focus Week – POC Bike Helmets

POC Logo

POC’s fast growing reputation for quality has been combined with bold unfussy designs. Consequently, POC helmets are one of the most distinctive sights, on the road, the trail, and at top level competitions around the world.

A feature unique to POC’s leading helmets is the patent-pending SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) protection system, designed to provide an additional element of protection from violent rotational forces on the brain in oblique impacts.

Road Cycling Helmets

POC Octal

POC Octal Road Bike HelmetThe Octal uses fewer, larger ventilation channels to maximise airflow through its lightweight design. The result is superior cooling and reduced drag compared to lightweight designs by rivals. This model weighs in at just 195 grams, but doesn’t compromise on safety with an EPS liner moulded to provide impact protection where you need it most.

POC Octal Helmet – £160.99

POC Ventral Spin

POC Ventral SpinThe Ventral SPIN is a revolution in head protection. Conceived and built in an incredible collaborative effort between POC’s design team and the UCI World Tour riders of Cannondale-Drapac, the Ventral SPIN’s aerodynamic design exploits the Venturi effect to increase airflow and speed for a winning edge.

POC Ventral Spin Helmet – £249.99

Mountain Biking Helmets (MTB)

POC Tectal

POC Tectal

The Tectal leads the way in safety for the most committed trail and enduro riders. With a lightweight in-mold shell providing extended head coverage, this model gives impact protection in vulnerable areas around the temples and the rear of the head.

POC Tectal Helmet – £165.99

POC Tectal Race Spin

POC Tectal Race SpinThe Tectal Race SPIN builds on the protective capabilities of the original Tectal design with advanced technology including SPIN, which is designed to protect the brain from rotational injury in the event of oblique impact. This is an excellent choice for mountain riders taking on the most challenging trails.

POC Tectal Race Spin Helmet – £189.99

View the full range of Bike Helmets available at RxSport


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Tour de Yorkshire Overview

Today marks the start of Tour de Yorkshire 2018. The event runs from 3rd – 6th May 2018.

What is the Tour de Yorkshire?

It’s a road cycling race in Yorkshire that has been running since May 2015. The idea arose as a legacy event following the success of the 2014 Tour de France. In 2014 the Tour de France started in the UK and it’s first two stages traveled through Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield and were aptly named Le Tour de Yorkshire. This is where the Tour de Yorkshire was born.

The 2018 race sees the exciting return of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), where he’ll line-up as the event’s biggest star. Mark is excited to restart his somewhat miserable season after having crashed out of the last three events in the season.

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 route stages (men’s race)

The 2018 route looks to include some punishing climbs and speedy descents:

Date Start/Finish Distance Climbs
Stage 1 (May 3) Beverley to Doncaster 182km Baggaby Hill
Stage 2 (May 4) Barnsley to Ilkley 149km Blacker Hill, Old Pool Bank, Cow and Calf
Stage 3 (May 5) Richmond to Scarborough 184km Sutton Bank, Slipho
Stage 4  (May 6) Halifax to Leeds 189.5km Hebden Bridge, Goose Eye, Barden Moor, Park Rash, Greenhow Hill, Otley Chevin

Another exciting part of the Tour de Yorkshire is the Women’s race, which year on year is continuing to grow. Now with 18 teams racing across two stages it’s set to be the biggest year yet for women’s racing in the Tour de Yorkshire.

The Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Sportive Ride

Something that many of our customers are looking forward to is the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Sportive ride. It’s an event that many see as one of the best in the UK, offering routes and climbs like no other sportive. Even the short route at 49km includes over 600m of hill climbs!


New Kit To Look Out For!

We’ve handpicked some of the hottest new gear that should be out on show throughout the weekend. Keep your eyes pealed for these!

Oakley ARO3 Helmet

The most punishing rides demand the most reliable equipment. Oakley designed the ARO3 to give road cyclists the edge with a fully ventilated design that not only protects but does so with comfort and style. Weighing in at just 295 grams yet brimming with premium technology, the ARO3 is optimised to eke out every last drop of performance.

Oakley ARO3 Road Bike Helmet – £149.99

Oakley ARO5 Helmet

In the frenzied pace of the sprint finish even the finest margins count. Oakley has designed the ARO5 to provide that winning edge – streamlined architecture with optimal aerodynamic flow to help you maintain the relentless charge to the finish line.

Oakley ARO5 Road Bike Helmet – £199.99

Giro Synthe Helmet

Giro pulled out all the stops in their development of the Synthe – the ultimate all-rounder road cycling helmet design. Whether racing on flat terrain or climbing the Synthe excels in every capacity with the strength, light weight and comfort to outperform more specialised helmets by competitors.

Giro Synthe Road Bike Helmet – £210.99 

Oakley Field Jacket & Flight Jacket Sunglasses

Oakley have just added two new models to their eyewear collection.

The Oakley Field Jacket offer top level performance eyewear. Designed with comfort in mind and providing a an open view less prone to fogging up these are ideal glasses for road cycling and mountain biking.

The Oakley Flight Jacket offers an open-edge brow maximizing the upper field of view, and Oakley’s new Advancer nose bridge instantly opens airflow to combat fogging and overheating.

Available from our showroom.

Check out our social media for regular updates and head over to the YouTube channel for product reviews and latest releases!

 

RxSport Focus Week – Smith Bike Helmets

Smith Logo

Smith integrate the unique Koroyd ventilated shell into their leading helmet designs. Groundbreaking MIPS technology comes as standard on all models and colours, giving an added dimension of protection from dangerous rotational forces in oblique impact.

Road Cycling Helmets

When it comes to your helmet this means assured comfort giving a precise fit right out of the box and cutting edge protection using the latest technologies to keep you safer than ever. Smith offer a complete range of road cycling helmets. Whether you live for the punishing precision of the time trial or just love to get out on the road for fun, Smith make a helmet just for you.

The flagship Overtake model was crafted in the windtunnel to create one of the slickest lids on the market. Its counterpart Network and Portal designs were penned using the same design architecture for killer style built into an affordable package.

Smith Portal MIPS

SMITH PORTAL MIPS ROAD BIKE HELMET - BLACKSmith’s Portal road cycling helmet nails the essentials with an adjustable fitting system, extensive ventilation and MIPS protection as standard. For premium performance protection without breaking the bank, look no further than the Portal.

Smith Portal MIPS – £99.99

Smith Network MIPS

SMITH NETWORK MIPS ROAD BIKE HELMET - MATTE WHITEFresh in more ways than one, the Smith Network’s clean styling is right on trend. Thanks to the fully ventilated impact protection of the Aerocore shell, the Network allows for a massive degree of airflow right through the helmet. This model weighs in at just 270 grams, while still housing leading-edge technology such as MIPS and Smith’s own VaporFit adjustable fitting system.

Smith Network MIPS – £139.99

 Smith Overtake MIPS

SMITH OVERTAKE MIPS ROAD BIKE HELMET - MATTE WHITESuper-functional all-rounder helmets are now a common fixture. Within this bracket Smith has pinned its colours to the incredible Overtake helmet. Integrating proprietary technologies such as Aerocore with best-in-class protection options including MIPS, all while weighing in at an astounding 250 grams, the Overtake leaves all challengers in the dust.

Smith Overtake MIPS – £199.99

 Smith Podium TT MIPS

SMITH PODIUM TT MIPS ROAD BIKE HELMET - MATTE WHITE / CHROMAPOP EVERYDAY RED MIRROR + CLEARSmith’s Podium TT helmet has been drawing envious eyes since its release, with a tailless aerodynamic shape optimised to provide drag-reducing airflow. VaporFit technology gives fully customised fitting with the simple turn of a rotary dial. See more detail on the road with a magnetically-integrated visor using Smith’s patented ChromaPop technology, with an additional clear lens for low light conditions.

Smith Podium TT MIPS – £269.99

Mountain Biking Helmets (MTB)

Smith have dedicated their 50 years of experience to letting you make the most of every moment in the outdoors. They were relatively late to the two-wheel head protection game, but have wasted absolutely no time in designing and manufacturing some of the most sought-after lids of present day. The Forefront set new standards for design, comfort and protection in mountain bike helmets, and its successor the Forefront 2 takes further strides in the same ambitious direction.

The Forefront 2 leads the way as a sleek, modern design sporting low profile while also maintaining deep coverage. Its younger siblings, the Session and Venture, utilise the same design language to create a consistent look attuned across the range.

Smith Venture MIPS

SMITH VENTURE MIPS MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET - MATTE CHARCOALWhen all you want is to get on the bike and hit the trail, the Venture is your go-to. This helmet packs a hefty punch for its weight bracket, delivering the essentials in a modern, streamlined package. The Venture is fitted with MIPS technology as standard, and extends the shell’s coverage to the rear, meaning you can ride with the assurance of premium protection fit for the challenge of the mountain.

Smith Venture MIPS – £99.99

Smith Session MIPS

SMITH SESSION MIPS MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET - MATTE ACID BURSTThe Session is all about striking a balance. Protection, performance and comfort were all carefully considered when penning this design. The result was a lightweight build with huge ventilation ports in the upper shell to keep you cool on the most gruelling trails – made possible through the use of a reinforced skeletal structure. For added protection MIPS can be found as standard on all colours of the Session.

Smith Session MIPS – £139.99

Smith Forefront 2 MIPS

SMITH FOREFRONT 2 MIPS MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET - MATTE BLACKSmith’s original Forefront took the world by storm, drawing in heaps of awards for its innovative design and supreme function. Its successor, the Forefront 2, is an evolution of that excellent design. The Aerocore shell has been extended to the rear of the helmet for even more extensive impact protection. If you ride with sunglasses they can be stored simply when on the move using channels in the front and rear of the shell.

Sweet Dissenter MIPS – £174.99

View the full range of Bike Helmets available at RxSport


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Why RxSport is the Performance Eyewear Partner of the Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo + Chrono

ToC LogoThe Tour of Cambridgeshire cycling festival on the 1st to 3rd June this year is unique in the UK. It has huge production values and works hard to deliver the best rider experience possible, in fact it aims to make everyone feel like a pro for the weekend. The impact of Tour of Cambridgeshire extends well beyond the first weekend in June. Over that last few years since its introduction it has extended its impact to Aalborg in Denmark, Perth Australia and Albi in France. These are the locations that have hosted the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships of which Tour of Cambridgeshire is one of a handful of qualifying events around the world and the only qualifying event in the UK. The time trial event at the Tour of Cambridgeshire festival is the biggest of its kind in the world, with over 850 riders on its start sheet each year. It was the Tour of Cambridgeshire Chrono which provided the platform for a batch of world championship medals in Albi in 2017. This is why RxSport has partnered with the Tour of Cambridgeshire, we share high customer experience values and see ourselves as being unique in our market.

Whilst the Tour of Cambridgeshire is a Gran Fondo, the only authentic Italian style Gran Fondo in the UK, it has a softer side. In addition to there being a Race at the front of the Fondo there is a sportive setting off afterwards. The sportive has equally high production and rider experience values and differentiates its self from other Sportives in the UK.
The Tour of Cambridgeshire Sportive is completely unique in the UK, whereby it’s not just one of the flattest routes you’ll find in the UK but it’s also part of the UCI global series, Gran Fondo World Series.
ToC RidersThe Sportive route at the Tour of Cambridgeshire is 79.4 miles in distance, is held on fully closed roads and has a total climb of just 587 meters in total. The route takes in scenery around the Fens, which enables you to see for miles while enjoying a day in the saddle. Not sure if you’ll manage the full route distance? You’ve got the option of the Medio route which is 56 miles.

‘We pride ourselves in saying we’re in our fourth year of Tour of Cambridgeshire and after listening to all feedback from riders taking part in previous events, we can safely say this year is going to be the best yet!’ says Jess Lockhart of Golazo Cycling the organisers.

UCI Logo

The Tour of Cambridgeshire is the UK’s qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships; this series allows all riders, from those who just missed out on making it to a professional level, who have been competing for years for their club and those who are ex-pro’s, to those who are less competitive, love to get out on their bike or have just bought their first ever road bike, the chance to qualify and ride for their country at the World Championships for amateurs. There’s no other event in the UK that has this qualifier status.

Another difference is that the ToC Sportive is split into average speed start pens. This is a self-selecting option for all riders taking part, enabling riders with a similar ability to ride with one another. This allows those individuals with lots of experience or ride a lot faster to be segregated from those who may not be quite so confident or just starting out in the road cycling world.

The Sportive maximum field is 10,000, with it selling out every year. Our maximum number is significantly smaller than many other events to ensure the highest level of experience for you as a rider. ‘We believe that increasing numbers can deter from the top quality we aspire to and can really reduce that ‘special’ feel overall’ assets Lockhart.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire is a Festival dedicated to all types of cycling, whether it be road cycling, classic, gravel, folding or even family cycling. ‘Our aim is to bring everyone together and celebrate our love and passion. We welcome every rider who’s taking part in the Tour of Cambridgeshire Festival with open arms, as well as ensure you have the best experience ever, whether you’re completely new to it or you’ve been taking part in events for years’ Jess Lockhart confirms.

Find out more about how to get involved in the Tour of Cambridgeshire Sportive this summer time at www.tourofcambridgeshire.com.

RxSport Focus Week – Sweet Bike Helmets

Sweet Protection helmets represent the pinnacle of all-mountain protection. The selection may be limited but you can rest assured that the quality of the product is second to none. This means adjustable fitting systems, MIPS, lightweight construction, shatter resistant visors and full ventilation all coming as standard. And that’s not all! Browse the product range to learn more about why Sweet are helping to lead the way in mountain bike helmet design.

Mountain Biking Helmets (MTB)

Sweet are serious about protecting you from any impact, no matter the angle. This has meant integrating MIPS technology into every model. MIPS is designed to reduce violent forces exerted on the brain in certain impacts.

Conventional helmets offer minimal protection from rotational impact, which can cause the most injury to the brain. MIPS uses a low-friction membrance to dissipate this energy to enhance protection in oblique impacts.

Sweet Dissenter MIPS

Sweet Dissenter Helmet

 

The Dissenter rides hot on the heels of its bigger brothers in the Bushwhacker series. This model has stripped down functionality and comes in at a lower weight, but still packs a spicy punch. Beneath the Dissenter’s low-profile in-mold shell you’ll find MIPS as standard, a fully adjustable fitting system and aerodynamic ventilation channels.

Sweet Dissenter MIPS – £116.99

Sweet Bushwhacker II MIPS

Sweet Bushwhacker II

 

 

Designed as the ultimate go-to for enduro and trail riders, the Sweet Bushwhacker II is a formidable part of any serious mountain biker’s armoury. Brimming with tech including MIPS, an adjustable fit system and patent-pending ventilation methods, this lid will keep you safe cool and comfortable during even the toughest trails.

Sweet Bushwhacker II MIPS – £165.99

Sweet Bushwhacker II Carbon MIPS

Sweet Bushwhacker II Carbon

The Bushwhacker II Carbon MIPS takes the excellent build of the original Bushwhacker II and ratchets up strength with integrated carbon fibre shell elements. With an up to 15% improvement in protective capability, this model is suited to ambitious enduro riders taking on the most challenging trails.
Sweet Bushwhacker II Carbon MIPS – £209.99

 

View the full range of Bike Helmets available at RxSport


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RxSport Focus Week – Giro Bike Helmets

Giro have led the way in head protection for decades, and their helmets are a common fixture in professional road cycling events year after year. Never one to shy away from pushing the envelope of technological advancement, Giro were one of the first brands to integrate MIPS technology into the majority of their designs, giving riders the added assurance of head protection from all angles.

We’re welcoming Giro cycle helmets back to RxSport in a small but fine-tuned range that offers something to riders of all abilities and levels of involvement, from enthusiasts to complete purists!

All of the helmets in our Giro range utilise Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) technology. Learn more about MIPS from Giro here.

Road Cycling Helmets

Giro have led the way in head protection for decades, and their helmets are a common fixture in professional road cycling events year after year.

Our selection of Giro’s road cycling helmets are all based on the architecture of the leading Synthe model, meaning you can ride with Giro’s sleek, trademark style no matter which option you end up going for!

Giro Foray HelmetGiro Foray MIPS

Drafting off the bold style of Giro’s flagship Synthe helmet, the Foray is a feature-packed design for road cycling enthusiasts. Its lightweight construction features ample ventilation to keep you cool on even the most challenging rides.
Giro Foray MIPS – £69.99

Giro Cinder Helmet

Giro Cinder MIPS

Based on the unmistakable aesthetic of Giro’s flagship Synthe helmet, the Cinder provides all the features an avid road rider wants in a lightweight package. No fewer than 26 aerodynamically optimised ventilation channels maintain airflow through the helmet while causing minimal drag.
Giro Cinder MIPS – £109.99

Giro Synthe HelmetGiro Synthe MIPS

Giro pulled out all the stops in their development of the Synthe – the ultimate all-rounder road cycling helmet design. Whether racing on flat terrain or climbing the Synthe excels in every capacity with the strength, light weight and comfort to outperform more specialised helmets by competitors.
Giro Synthe MIPS – £210.99

Mountain Biking Helmets (MTB)

Riders are taking to ever-challenging trails, pushing the limits of their equipment to new boundaries, and they demand more.

We stock two of Giro’s dirt helmets – the Chronicle and Montaro – each optimised for lightweight protection that brings you up and back down the mountain in comfort (and style!). Both designs offer the now-ubiquitous MIPS protection as standard, meaning you can ride with the further assurance of multi-directional impact protection.

Both the Montaro and Chronicle designs sport low-profile but deep coverage shapes, exhibiting a modern and streamlined style. POV Plus visors give the perfect finishing touch, and are fully adjustable too!

Giro Chronicle Helmet

Giro Chronicle MIPS

Giro designed the Chronicle to handle the swift meanders of the descents and toil of the climbs with ease. This is made possible thanks to an ultra-light, well ventilated design that still manages to provide excellent coverage, and even contains MIPS technology for the added assurance of added protection in oblique impacts.
Giro Chronicle MIPS – £85.99

Giro Montaro Helmet

Giro Montaro MIPS

The Giro Montaro MIPS is designed to be a faithful companion no matter where the trail takes you. Brimming with tech features including a removable camera mount, adjustable visor and fully adjustable fitting system – the fact this design can weigh in at just 370 grams is nothing short of incredible!
Giro Montaro MIPS – £125.99

View the full range of Bike Helmets available at RxSport


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The 2018 Cycling Season Is Here!

As we begin to put away our skis and snowboards, we are now looking forward to more time out on the bike. 2018 is set to be another fantastic year for cyclists and cycling fans.

In this blog we’re taking a quick look at just some of the exciting events coming up over the next few months.

We have hardcore cyclists here and also a few fair weather riders so we cover every basis on that front. But no matter what type of cyclist they are, everyone has their favourite races. Here’s a selection of a few of our favourites that are coming up….

Paris Roubaix LogoParis Raubaix
Where: France
When: Sunday, April 7 2018

There’s few races that come close to Paris-Roubaix in the professional cycling calendar. There are plenty of long races in the calendar, and many that include the odd patch of cobblestones, but none compare in sheer difficulty or uniqueness to Paris-Roubaix.

Not only are there a lot of cobbles (54.5km for those who love stats), but they’re also on a whole different level to those we see at the likes of Tour of Flanders.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on Dimension Data and EF Education First-Drapac!

www.paris-roubaix.fr/


Tour de Yorkshire LogoTour De Yorkshire
Where: Yorkshire
When: 3-6 May 2018

The fourth edition of the race sees it gain an extra day, rising from three to four stages. The Women’s TdY also gains a day, and will take place over two stages (May 3-4).

A race made up of 20 teams. Six WorldTour, seven Pro Continental teams, six Continental teams and the Great Britain National Team making up the 20 teams.
www.letour.yorkshire.com/


Tour of Britain LogoTour of Britain
Where: Across Britain
When: 2-9 September 2018

The Tour of Britain returns for 2018, starting on September 2 it hopes for big crowds as it sweeps across the UK.

They’re yet to announce the route and stage overview, but we’ll update this as soon as we here more.
www.tourofbritain.co.uk


Tour of Cambridgeshire
Where: Cambridgeshire
When: 2nd-3rd June 2018

RxSport – Official Eyewear Partner

The Tour of Cambridgeshire is one of the hottest events on the sporting calendar, especially in our local area. It’s combines the UK’s first true, fully closed road Gran Fondo and Chrono events, which are part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. Should you finish the ride in the top 25% of your Age Group you could go on to represent your country in the UCI GF World Championships, which are being held in Varese, Italy in 2018.

As an official partner of the Tour of Cambridgeshire, RxSport are offering all registered riders a unique discount on their RxSport orders. Simply get in touch with us once you’re signed up to find out more, or visit www.TourofCambridgeshire.com


le Tour de Frane LogoTour de France
Where: France
When: 7-29 July 2018

Running from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2018, the 105th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,329 kilometres.

The route this year looks to be quite a special one!

The stages will include:

  • 8 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages
  • 6 mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet)
  • 1 individual time-trial
  • 1 team time-trial
  • 2 much needed rest days

www.letour.fr/


Cycling Sunglasses

RxSport are Europe’s leading sports eyewear specialists, therefore we have a huge selection of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses available to you. Whether you’re looking for cycling specific, or maybe something a little more lifestyle orientated, why not check out our site now www.RxSport.co.uk

 

Tour of Cambridgeshire – Official Eyewear Partner

RxSport – The Eyewear Partner For The Tour of Cambridgeshire 2018

RxSport, Europe’s leading sports eyewear specialists are thrilled to announce their partnership with Tour of Cambridgeshire.

Established in 2005, RxSport is an online retailer of the highest quality sports sunglasses, goggles and helmets found anywhere on the planet. We’ve handpicked the best offerings from the world’s leading brands, such as Oakley, adidas, Rudy Project, Bolle, POC, Tifosi and more, allowing us to

What is the Tour of Cambridgeshire?
It’s combines the UK’s first true, fully closed road Gran Fondo and Chrono events, which are part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. Should you finish the ride in the top 25% of your Age Group you could go on to represent your country in the UCI GF World Championships, which are being held in Varese, Italy in 2018.

The event is held on fully closed roads and is the home of the first ever authentic continental style Gran Fondo mass participation race and ride on English shores. Whether you want to race or to be part of UK cycling history by having a leisurely ride on closed roads, you can participate and feel the experience of a pro rider.

“RxSport are very excited to be involved in the Tour of Cambridgeshire. It’s an event we’ve watched grow and are proud to be involved for 2018. Cycling is a huge part of our business and we are very passionate about helping cyclists see clearly and stay safe on the road.” says Gareth Ford, Digital Marketing Manager at RxSport.
Find out more about the Tour of Cambridgeshire – www.tourofcambridgeshire.com/

Oakley Helmets – Heading To The Peloton

Oakley has set the standard as the choice of champion athletes for decades. Drawing acclaim for its groundbreaking eyewear, and more recently its advanced line of snow helmets, attention has turned to the road with a selection of cycling helmets which set the standard for premium protection on two wheels.

With Oakley first announcing their line-up of cycling helmets back at EuroBike 2017 we’ve been excited for them to arrive at RxSport. The range includes three models, each designed for a different discipline. Whether you’re a beginner, sportive rider, sprinter, climber or you’re all about aero… You’re covered with the Oakley ARO range.

You may have already spotted Team Dimension Data sporting the Oakley helmets in the Abu Dhabi Tour and that’s a sign of just some of the pro testing that these helmets went through. Team Dimension Data were heavily involved in the R&D of the entire Oakley ARO range alongside some big Olympic and Triathlete names. These include Olympic Gold medallist and two-time Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno and Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence. These pro triathletes are currently racing in the Oakley ARO7 and training in Oakley’s ARO5.

Safety is a major part of the entire ARO make up with all helmets in the line-up being both Boa and MIPS equipped. Therefore you can be guaranteed all the quality, without unnecessary weight. Weights range from 295g to 410g.


ARO7 HELMET

The ARO7 is Oakley’s top of the line aero cycling helmet which is designed for events such as triathlons and road time trials.

The helmet comes with 2 lenses/ visors, a clear visor and one using Oakley’s Prizm Road technology. The lenses attach directly to the helmet using magnets which makes changing lenses a breeze. If Oakley’s Prizm skiing goggles and sports sunglasses are anything to go by, this visor will prove to be a game changer for TT riders and their vision.

Oakley uses the Boa FS1-1 dial retention system across all three ARO models. They have designed the Boa system to use an ultra thin lace which is said to reduce pressure on a rider’s temple. Although this might look a little thin, it’s strong.

The ARO7 includes MIPs technology to help reduce or eliminate brain damage should a cycling accident occur while using the helmet. Find out more about MIPS here.
The shape is far less extreme than other TT helmets we’ve seen before as Oakley haven’t gone with a traditional fin design, however with their extensive wind tunnel and pro rider testing you can rest assured it’s set to be a very aerodynamic and fast helmet. This helmet is currently available in either black or white.

View the full range of Oakley ARO7 Helmets available at RxSport

ARO5 HELMET

 

In terms of aero dynamics, Oakley’s ARO5 is a step down from the ARO7. The ARO5 may not be fitted with an inbuilt visor, but the helmet has been designed to fit seamlessly with your glasses. It even includes a dedicated docking system for your eyewear, allowing you to attach your sunglasses to the front of your helmet.

Oakley say it’s design and engineering teams have taken many factors into consideration when designing the ARO5. One of these being that many cyclists ride with their head down, rather than forward. This information helped shape the ARO5 helmet and ensure it’s as aero as possible in this position. The ARO5 is Oakley’s MIPS equipped, all-round, aero-optimised, everyday lid and shares the same Boa retention system that is used on the ARO7.

The helmet doesn’t include integrated optics, but its shape is said to work seamlessly with Oakley’s shades, with a “dedicated eyewear dock” that looks a little similar to POC’s Eye Garage.

The helmet is available in a range of different colours, so you should have no issues matching your kit, which as we all know, is crucial to performance!

View the full range of Oakley ARO5 Helmets available at RxSport

ARO3 HELMET

The ARO3 is Oakley’s least expensive, yet most ventilated helmet design. Perfect for both climbers, and the budget conscious.

Similar to the ARO5, the ARO3 increases the venting with larger cooling ports. Like the ARO5, the ARO3 comes with Oakley’s eyewear docking system, Boa FS1-1 dial retention system and MIPs.

The ARO3 shares many design aspects with the ARO5, but it optimises ventilation above everything else. It does lose some of the aero styling, but they say this helmet is focused towards the climbers, where ventilation is more important than aero dynamics.

The helmet shares the same retention system and glasses dock as the ARO5. Likewise, it is also available in a range of different colours.
View the full range of Oakley ARO3 Helmets available at RxSport

 


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Break the winter blues!

It’s December and in the draw up to Christmas, everyone seems to let their guard and fitness down just that little bit!

Former GB Olympic Triathlon coach and TriLiving founder, Richard Hobson, has some helpful tips on how to get you through to the new year in fine fettle!

 

“Both as a Coach and athlete I find this time of the year and particularly December a challenge when it comes to training, planning training, keeping the motivation and at the same time enjoying the festive season the way it should be enjoyed.

There are many reasons December is a tough one:

  • Its cold and Dark
  • Everyone seems to get sick
  • The season is over and the next one seems a long way off
  • Routines get disrupted because of work / social events
  • But I think the biggest killer is that Athletes have had some down time and are now trying to get back into training so everything feels hard and slow!

It all sounds a bit doom and gloom which is a shame as really this is suppose to be “the season to be jolly”!

But don’t worry! Help is at hand. Here are my top tips to turning what is often a negative time into something positive.

  • Use it as a time for planning!
    1. Set your 2018 goals and race calendar
    2. Plan the best way to achieve these goals
      1. Nothing better to boost your motivation then to have some big goals on the horizon
    3. Plan your winter training camp (if you can).
      1. For me, just knowing that I am going to Lanzarote for some weeks at the worst time of the winter makes a massive difference. It makes the winter seem short, it gives light at the end of the tunnel, its only 8 weeks until I can get some sun and some great training instead of 4 months!
  • A good chance to work on and address some technical areas of weakness especially in the swim.
  • Forget about technology and just train how you feel
    1. Nothing worse than having loads of input telling you how unfit and slowly you are going! So forget heart rate, pace, power, and everything else and just go to how you feel.
      1. Think of it like this – If you are fit in December and winning all your training sessions then you will not be fit when you actually need to be! So, unless the Christmas turkey 10km is your key race be happy to be unfit.

  • Take yourself out your comfort zone!
    1. In the off season I like to ride cycle cross races, they are tough, exciting and great for bike skills but also I am rubbish at them so I have to real expectations and no pressure to perform but my improvement from race to race is significant just because its still all new.
  • Be consistent but flexible and relaxed
    1. So consistent means try to keep the training ticking over and not days without doing anything
    2. Flexible to move things around to cater for changes in plans, the weather, how you feel, unexpected work or social etc
    3. Relaxed that If you miss a session then just forget it and move on. The odd missed session in December will have no effect on your key race latter in the year. Also it is ok to stop for coffee and cake – I actually schedule this into athletes training!

Your aim for December should be to enjoy it. Then you will hit January fresh both mentally and physically but fit enough to really start to knuckle down to some good training.”

Triathlon has been part of Richard’s life for over 30 years and his passion for the sport has taken him all over the world.

As an athlete, Richard won 5 national titles and a World Championships team gold and has endured the grueling Kona triathlon on more than one occasion! Turning his passion for the sport into a career, Richard coached at Bath University and then went on to be GB Triathlon coach at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Since then, Richard and his family, who are all keen athletes, reside in France to run training camps and welcome families on holidays.

After a helpful tip-off from one of his customers, Richard came to us with various eyewear related questions! Since then, we have hit it off big time and look forward to supporting Richard and TriLiving well into 2018! Everyone knows you’ve got to look good as an athlete, so sunglasses and triathlon go hand in hand, it’s a match made in heaven!

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