Scott Sports is celebrating its 60th birthday in 2018. To commemorate the event, Mitchelton-Scott riders are wearing special edition helmets and sunglasses on stage two of the Tour de France. Nino Schurter is also said to be wearing the combination at the mountain bike World Cup.
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The helmets, in the company’s original brand colour of purple, are available in the Scott Cadence Plus and Scott Centric Plus. Both models were worn by different members of the Mitchelton-Scott squad on stage two of the race.
Alongside the helmets, the team is also using Scott sunglasses in the design of the first Scott sunglasses from 1988.
The sunglasses feature oversize purple lenses with fluoro yellow half frames. A team spokesperson told BikeRadar ahead of the stage that Adam Yates particularly liked the special sunglasses and may wear them for the remainder of the race.
The oversized lens and minimal frame will allow for a wide range of vision and while retro in design, the lenses are manufactured to modern standards.
Scott Sports was founded in 1958, creating the first aluminium ski pole when steel and bamboo were more commonly used materials. The company also created the famous aerodynamic handlebars used by Greg LeMond in his 1989 Tour de France victory.
Scott Sports now make equipment for cycling, skiing, winter sports and running.
Mitchelton-Scott’s general manager Shayne Bannon said in a team press release, “We are proud to be part of the history of such an iconic brand. They started as a bike and helmet supplier back in 2012 and then became one of our title sponsors in 2017.
“We are forever grateful to them for believing in our project since the beginning. We have come a long way together and it is truly a partnership, which you don’t often see in cycling.”