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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 www.greatcycle.org.
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 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 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.