Bike news round-up: Castelli Sanremo Speed Suit

Plus news from Polar, Bespoked Bristol, Ben Cathro & London Nocturne

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 news that Castelli's Sanremo Speed Suit is finally available to buy, as well as Polar's Tour de France version of their RCX5 computer, Allen Lim's cookbook for cyclists, Ben Cathro's new mountain biking skills tuition company and much more.

Product and team news

Castelli's road speed suit finally arrives

First seen at last year’s Milan-Sanremo but most remembered for Johan Vansummeren’s win at Paris-Roubaix in it, Castelli’s Sanremo Speed Suit is finally here. Traditional aero skinsuits aren’t practical at all for road racing, primarily because they don’t have rear pockets but also because it’s hard to take a toilet break in them. Castelli have aimed for the best of both worlds with this speed suit.

They’ve taken an aero jersey (with new fabrics on the underarm) and stitched it to a pair of Body Paint bibshorts. The stitching goes right around the waist but leaves the front – an inch either side of the full-length zip – open. Aero benefits are said to come through improved airflow around the torso with its form-fitting shape and dimpled strips, while ventilation and comfort are improved with a full mesh rear and the lack of bibstraps. It’s available now from UK distributor Saddleback for £230.

Polar unveil 'Tour de France' bike computer

Polar are set to release a Tour de France version of their RCX5 training computer (£374.50) this April, decked out in the yellow colour of the famous race. Colour change apart, there aren’t any other changes to the standard version, so you’ll again get a GPS-ready computer with cycling-specific add-ons such as speed, heart rate and cadence sensors.

Recipe for success

Eating properly is one of the key ingredients to becoming a successful cyclist, but with training and work often taking priority, cooking often gets relegated to the backseat. In his new book The Feed Zone: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes, sports physiologist Dr Allen Lim lets the world in on the recipes he and chef Biju Thomas have created for riders including Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer. Containing 150 recipes “that even the busiest athletes can prepare in less time than it takes to warm up for a workout”, the book is available here priced £17.95.

British frame maker Swallow to relaunch at Bespoked Bristol

The second Bespoked Bristol handmade bicycle show is just around the corner (23-25 March) and it’s been revealed British frame maker Swallow will re-launch after a 12 year hiatus. Around 2,500 bespoked frames were hand-crafted for customers between 1981 and 1989, specializing in tandems and mountain bikes. Founders Peter Bird and Robert Wade are enthusiastic about reviving their business, saying their passion for frame building was what attracted them back. For more on Swallow and the rest of Bespoked Bristol’s exhibitors, visit the show website.

Routes, racing & rides

Ben Cathro unveils mountain biking coaching company

Scottish downhill world cup racer Ben Cathro has unveiled his own mountain bike coaching and guiding company, Sick Skills. He’s taken the step after calling time on his international career, conceding that another season ploughing the circuit would have been too much for his bank balance to take. And so the next chapter in his life begins.

Running the courses on his local Benderloch trails near Oban, a typical session includes a run through of bike set-up and skills tuition on the trails throughout the day. Sessions are offered on all types of riding, from downhill to cross-country to freeriding. Prices range from £65 for beginner sessions up to £125 for downhill tuition.

London Nocturne to return 9 June

The IG London Nocturne returns to the City of London on 9 June, with an elite criterium, Penny Farthing and folding bike racing, plus a longest skid competition, all on the menu. The free-to-attend mini cycling festival, held in the streets surronding Smithfield Market, starts at 5pm with the folding bike race heats, with the elite race rounding off proceedings at 9.15pm. The event will also see bike racing return to British broadcaster Channel 4, having originally held Tour de France rights for 15 years from the mid 80s. For more details, visit the event website.

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