Cavendish's Help for Heroes Evade helmet

Cav tips his helmet to British service members, will auction after race

For the first three stages of the 2014 Tour de France, Mark Cavendish will be saluting wounded troops with a special edition Specialized Evade helmet that celebrates the charity Help for Heroes. The aero road helmet was designed in the Help for Heroes tri-service colours to represent the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

The Tour de France route will pass nearby the Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick where wounded service members are cared for.

“It was inspiring to see so many servicemen, women and veterans completing bike rides as part of Hero Ride 2014 in spite of life-changing injuries and illnesses," Cavendish said in a press release. "I wanted to represent them on the Tour de France and this bespoke helmet designed by Specialized will hopefully help to raise awareness of the amazing work Help for Heroes does in supporting our wounded troops."

Cavendish's wife Peta has been a patron of Help for Heroes since the charity started seven years ago, and both have participated in a number of fundraisers for it.

After the Tour, the special edition Evade Cav is wearing during the race will be put up for auction at a Help for Heroes dinner in September.

Mark cavendish's help for heroes specialized evade will be worn for the first three stages while the race is in england: mark cavendish's help for heroes specialized evade will be worn for the first three stages while the race is in england
Mark cavendish's help for heroes specialized evade will be worn for the first three stages while the race is in england: mark cavendish's help for heroes specialized evade will be worn for the first three stages while the race is in england

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
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