Bike news round-up: Foffa/London Nocturne to give away bike

Plus POWERbreathe app, Rapha, Airoh, Great Manchester Cycle and more

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 Foffa Bikes’ design competition in association with the London Nocturne, an iTunes App compatible with the POWERbreathe training device, Airoh’s new downhill lid and much more.

Product and team news

Design and win a Foffa bike through London Nocturne

Foffa Bikes have partnered with the IG London Nocturne for a competition that will see the winner take home a £1,000 single speed bike built with your own design. All you need to do is head over to Foffa’s website, produce your design and paste it into the Foffa Bikes Design Competition album on London Nocturne’s Facebook page. The five entries with the most ‘likes’ will be short listed a week before the 9 June event, with the winner announced on the night.

POWERbreathe compatible app released

If you are already the owner of a POWERbreathe, a device that aims to strengthen your intercostal muscles and thereby increase time to exhaustion in high intensity cycling, then you might want to check out the new Breathe Strong App on iTunes.

Breathe Strong
Breathe strong:
Breathe Strong

It’s been created by breathing expert Professor Alison McConnell and provides a comprehensive guide to optimising your training. It’s filled with information and tips and provides a user programmable pacer and counter that helps to develop good breathing habits. It’s available from the Apple iTunes App store for £1.49/$1.99, with an Android version available within the next few weeks.

Rapha/Paul Smith collaborate on Giro-inspired jersey

Rapha + Paul Smith Maglia Rosa
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Designer and ‘Girophile’ Paul Smith has teamed up with Rapha for a jersey inspired by the Maglia Rosa. Rather than an out and out Lycra replica, the £95 top is for all-day urban riding, made as it is from a Merino-hybrid technical fabric. A reflective detail on the rear pocket features the famous crossed Vs that appear as road graffiti during Italy’s Grand Tour.

Wiggle Athlete Search winners revealed

After deliberating over 1,500 athlete nominations, the four winners of the Wiggle Athlete Search 2012 have been chosen. Joining Team Wiggle, and receiving free gear – including a £2,000 racing bike – that will help them pursue their dreams in their sport, are Victor Manuel Gomez (Spain, Ironman), Hefin Price (UK, road racing), James Lewis (UK, road racing) and Laura Siddall (Australia, triathlon).

Airoh readies new DH lid

Airoh Fighter
Airoh fighter:
Fionn Griffiths

Here’s a new option to keep in mind if you’re looking for a full face downhill lid. The new Fighter DH lid from Italian firm Airoh is set for a mid-May launch, with a firm price to be revealed shortly, but its makers reckon it’ll be in line with the established names in the market. Current weight on the helmet is around 1,000g. Airoh, who are a big name in the motorcycle industry, is crossing over into mountain biking with the Fighter and have used the know how of Fionn Griffiths of Team GR – KTM in its production.

Eco-conscious clothing from Wear Chemistry

Wear Chemistry
Wear chemistry:
Wear Chemistry

Eco-conscious clothing label Wear Chemistry has unveiled two new Olympic themed t-shirts. The Titanium tee sports a hand drawn bicycle design and is made from ethically sourced breathable bamboo (70%) and organic cotton (30%). The Gold tee in green features a hand drawn gold medal graphic. Both are machine washable, offer UV protection and are available from their website now for £25.

Routes, racing & rides

BC members get ahead of the crowd at Great Manchester Cycle

The Great Manchester Cycle (Bank Holiday Monday, 4 June), a multi-distance closed-road event, is shaping up to be one of the best new events of the year, particularly for British Cycling members, who can look forward to an exclusive start zone ahead of the crowds. Entry for all three distances (13 / 26 / 52 miles) costs £10 and you can enter here now.

Participate Sport/Human Race in merger

Participate Sport, the mass participation events company who own the Wiggle Dragon Ride, Etape Cymru and Cornwall Festival of Sport, has merged with rival firm Human Race. The new company, which will retain the Human Race name, now has a portfolio which includes nine cycling events and 16 triathlons and has billed itself as the largest company of its kind in the UK. It will be led by Participate CEO Nick Rusling, who takes up the same position at Human Race. John Lunt, founder of Human Race, continues to be involved strategically on a day to day basis.

Nick Rusling & John Lunt
Nick rusling & john lunt:
Human Race

Nick Rusling and John Lunt shake hands on the deal

“The mass participation industry has grown exponentially over the past decade and the opportunity to combine ambitions and passion with John Lunt and his great team is incredibly exciting,” said Rusling. “A new era under the Human Race brand will continue to inspire thousands more people to get fit, active and healthy through our events in what I believe is the most exciting time for participation sport in history”.

Bikin’ for Boobies

Bikin' for Boobies
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Bikin’ for Boobies, a 135 mile, three day charity bike ride in Cornwall that aims to educate young women on knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer is back for 2012. The ride starts in Bude on 5 May and finishes in Lands End on 7 May, with two nights camping included in the £35 entry fee. 62 took part in 2011 and organisers are looking to smash that number that number in 2012. Visit the website for the full lowdown.