Bike news round-up: BMC's new classics bike

Plus Rapha's spring/summer collection, Elite, Bionicon, Velocite & Great Manchester Cycle

From the latest product news to details of routes and events, our news round-up is a collection of short snippets of information in one handy article.

Today we bring you product news from BMC's new spring classics bike, Rapha, Elite's Sior eVo bottle cage and Bionicon's distribution shift. Rides and events come in the shape of the Great Manchester Cycle, an update on The Scottish Bike Show Sportive and a new sportive series from Scott.

Product and team news

New classics bike from BMC

Here’s a quick glimpse of the new bike BMC are using in the Spring Classics this year, courtesy of Evans Cycles. This shot was taken at the Belgian classics openers  Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne over the weekend, but few details are available at present (it will be officially unveiled between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix). 

BMC's new spring classics bike:

It does look to be designed according to the arduous terrain of the cobbled races – longer wheelbase, re-worked seat stays and skinny carbon seat post. BikeRadar will have the full lowdown on the bike at the beginning of April.


Rapha have unveiled their Spring/Summer 2012 range, with the lookbook available to view here. Shot in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the US, new products in the Training and Racing collection include those created specifically for very hot and humid riding conditions.

The new spring/summer colombia inspired jersey from rapha: the new spring/summer colombia inspired jersey from rapha

Elite unveil evolution of Sior cage

Italian accessories firm Elite have unveiled an evolution of their Sior bottle cage – the Sior eVo (£64.99). The carbon cage gets a titanium/alloy core, designed with increased hold and elasticity in mind and was used by the trio of riders who mopped up all three leaders jersey at last year’s Tour de France – Mark Cavendish, Cadel Evans and Samuel Sanchez.

Elite soir evo: elite soir evo

Bionicon goes direct

Bionicon’s bikes and clothing are now available to buy direct, both through their online webstore and their headquarters in Germany (Tegernsee), Switzerland (Biel), UK (Bristol) and USA (Reno). With products still available through existing dealers, the German firm say the move is in part to drive down prices for consumers. 

Bionicon: bionicon

Triumph for Velocite at 2012 IF Design awards

The Velocite Helios Aero has been crowned winner of the 2012 IF Design/Taipei Cycle Award in the bicycle category. Established in 1953, the awards are widely seen as one of the most prestigious in product design and are much sought after.

Velocite helios aero: velocite helios aero

Continuing the trend for aero road bikes, the Taiwanese firm launched the bike in the UK late last year. Unlike its competitors, Velocite claim the Helios Aero is a ‘do it all’ bike, and is equally capable as a sprinting machine as it is over longer distances.  More information on the £2,390 frameset can be found at their UK website.

Routes, racing & rides

City streets of Manchester to host closed-road sportive

Great manchester cycle 2012: great manchester cycle 2012

Bank Holiday Monday on 4 June is the date when the city streets of Manchester will shut down for the inaugural Great Manchester Cycle. Organised by Nova, who are responsible for the Great North Run, the ride will take in a 13-mile loop, starting at Eastlands, going past Manchester United’s Old Trafford home with a unique chance to cycle on the normally chock-full-of-traffic ring road, the Mancunian Way. Three different lengths are available; a single, 13 mile lap, 26 miles or 52 miles. You can enter now at

RCS rider recces Scottish Bike Show sportive

With The Scottish Bike Show set to host a Loch Lomond-based sportive as part of this year’s show, organisers sent Rapha Condor Sharp’s James McCallum on a route recce to gauge what’s in store for participants on Sunday 15 April. “The Scottish Bike Show Sportive course is absolutely sensational and rivals any other on the British calendar," he said. “There is great variety and it has incredible views of some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery”. You can read his full ride report here.

The scottish bike show:

The ride is part of a wider exhibition held at Glasgow's SECC from 13-15 April. BikeRadar readers can get discounted entry to the show by clicking here. Pricing starts at £8 for adults, £6 for children and £22 for a family of four

Scott launches UK sportive series

Bike brand Scott has boarded the sportive bandwagon with two new UK events this summer. The Scott Great British Sportive series comprises two events; The LongLeg (6 May) and The Arrow (17 June). The former is in its second year in 2012, starting from The Albury Cricket Club, Surrey, with 72km and 113km routes on rolling roads around Surrey and Sussex.

The scott great british sportive series:

The latter heads out of Berrington Hall, Herefordshire and explores the country roads along the Welsh border. Two routes will be available and will be announced in the near future. Entry for either event is £20 for the shorter distance and £25 for the longer course, and both will feature feed stations stocked with GU Energy, mechanical support, rider timing and the all-important homemade cake. For more information, visit the event website.

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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