Shoes and helmets of the 2015 Tour Down Under
We take a look at the shoes, sunglasses and helmets of the WorldTour
Geraint Thomas wearing the all-new fi’zi:k R3-B (B is for Boa)
BMC Racing‘s Silvan Dillier wears a custom pair of Lake CX402
2012 Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal wears a custom-coloured pair of Shimano
Adam Hansen’s personally made shoes are kept safe when not in use – more on these further along
Most of Team Lampre-Merida are in the Northwave Extreme Tech Plus shoes – these use the brand’s own dial-type retention system
Although Bono Matteo is racing in what looks to be the velcro-equipped Northwave Extreme 3S and training in short socks to avoid tan lines
The Kask helmets of Team Sky
Beginning of the season and some riders can be seen swapping to new shoes
BMC Racing Team is one example where riders each have individual shoe sponsors
A Trek Factory Racing rider wears Bontrager podium shoes and compression socks before the race start
New recruit to the team, Lorenzo Manzin of FDJ.fr is still using an older pair of Shimano R320s
Race radio wires are run through the front of the jersey. Riders will often loop or tape the wire to their heart-rate strap before feeding it up into their ear
The race radio is perhaps the only wire the SRAM-sponsored Ag2r-Modiale riders may have soon
Astana in Specialized S-Works shoes – these feature a new ‘Boa S2 Snap’ dial that is exclusive to Specialized
Davide Malacarne of Astana wears Sziols glasses – we know little of this German eyewear brand
The Astana gear bag of Luis Leon Sanchez hides a gold pair of Oakley Radarlock glasses
Scott-sponsored IAM Cycling Premium Road shoe
Mavic Cosmic Ultimate – it’s not just a wheelset
Bolle sunlgasses are becoming more common in the peloton
Personalised Northwave for Ag2r-Mondiale rider Axel Domont
Bont Vaypors and a Bianchi
Marcel Kittel wears the new Shimano R321 shoe
Trek Factory Racing look well coordinated with matching Bontrager XXX Road shoes. These were first seen on Frank Schlek at last year’s Tour Down Under
Another view of Bontrager’s hush-hush aero road helmet
Nathan Haas wearing double POC before the race
Tinkoff-Saxo in the limited edition ‘colour-dipped’ Specialized S-Works Road shoes
What’s a WorldTour shoe gallery without Adam Hansen’s own creations – Hanseeno
Hand-made by Adam himself, these shoes weigh under 95g each and have previously sold from €2,000.00 – €2,500.00 (£1,500-£1,870/$2,250-$2,800)
Another Gaerne G.Stilo shoe – this time in the white
A team-mate of the Manx-Missile wearing the Specialized S-Works Cavendish signature shoes
Where there was once Sidi and everything else – the Italian brand is no longer the most common. Still, the Sidi Wire Carbons are plenty popular
New Zealand’s George Bennett of the Lotto NL – Jumbo team wearing the Bell Gage team helmet and a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses
Astana riders get their own socks as modelled by Lieuwe Westra
Movistar have team-issue Diadora Vortex Pro shoes
Winner of the Tour Down Under’s first stage, Jack Bobridge rides in Bont Zero+ shoes
Katusha use Giro helmets – pitcured is the new semi-aero Synthe
Lampre-Merida are using all-new helmets from Suomy – here’s a new view of the lid that’s soon to be launched
And a view at the back of the new Suomy helmet
Drapac are sponsored by Bont. Powerhouse Will Clarke in some very red Bont Zero+ shoes
Team Sky’s Richie Porte in Sidi Wire Carbons
Team Sky’s Chris ‘CJ’ Sutton of Australia racing in Bont Vaypour’s
Another Drapac rider in shoe covers. Hiding another brand of shoe perhaps?
Not all IAM Cycling riders are in Scott shoes – we spotted one rider in a pair of Suplest Street Racings
Astana swap between the Specialized S-Works Prevail and as pictured, the faster S-Works Evade for flatter, faster stages
While most components and accessories usually fall under team sponsorship, some teams allow items like shoes and sunglasses to be selected on an individual basis.
Sidi was once the clear leader but now, after we paced up and down the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under’s stage starts for a good look, there is no obvious choice in shoe. Brands such as Specialized, Bont, Gaerne, Shimano and Sidi are most common, with Bontrager, Scott, Northwave and Diadora appearing just a little less.
Many of these shoes remain the same from our look
last year, however, there are a few surprises.
Beyond every shoe featuring some form of carbon sole, the next most common feature is dial-type buckles, with many riders using either Boa-equipped or similiar type shoes. This isn’t too surprising, with Boa featured on the top end shoes of more than 10 brands, with brands such as Sidi and Northwave doing their own version. Giro and Shimano are now the only two
major brands that don’t offer a dial-type shoe, sticking with buckles and velcro instead.
For helmets, we already revealed new models from
Giant, Bontrager and new-entrant Suomy – but highlight a few more, including a few additional angles of those originally shown.
Check out the gallery above for the latest and generally popular shoes, helmets, sunglasses and other accessories we spotted at the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under.