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Spotted: Prototype Tread from Challenge Tires

With the National Championship weekend only 10 days away, many riders are going to great measures to have the best shot of the National Title.

With the Belgian Championships being hosted in the iconic dunes of Koksijde, it’s no surprise the Belgians are looking for their file treads, whilst most of us other racers, their extreme Mud tubulars – two complete different ends of the spectrum!

European U23 Champion Eli Iserbyt posted this photo earlier on Instagram, of what looks to be a 33mm Road Tread! This looks similar to the current Dune offering from Challenge, but with an even smaller tread pattern, missing the smaller side knobs. Only on a course such as Koksijde is a tyre like this needed, with riders looking for the smoothest way through the deep sand…

Eli Iserbyts new prototpye Challenge Tubulars
Image: @IserbytEli

We’ve recently seen Wout Van Aert using some interesting custom tubular setups – it will be interested to see what he opts for next weekend. To read our chat with Wout’s tyre producer Dugast about his custom treads click here

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New Year, New Tech, Teams and More!

The New Years Day DVV Trophy round in Baal today was the first opportunity to see the new colours, bikes, buses and more in the Cyclocross Field…

Here we run you through all the changes and what you can expect to see in 2018:

Firstly Mathieu Van der Poel and his Beobank-Corendon team now have a new name, kit, bike and sponsor! Circus Casinos have replaced Beobank, with the team now known as Corendon-Circus. The new sponsor only meant one thing a new jersey, as seen below.

Along with a new title sponsor, Circus, Canyon Bicycles also joined as bike sponsor, replacing Stevens after a lengthy deal. The team will be riding the new Canyon Inflite CF SLX, with more details found here

Van Der Poel Canyon Inflite CF SLX

Mathieu and his team were also spotted wearing the new Lazer Bullet Aerohelmet, replacing the ever-popular Lazer Z1 – it looks like aerohelmets in cross are here to stay!

Also spotted rocking the new lids were Kevin Pauwels and his Marlux teammates, seemingly switching to the aero design from longtime sponsor eKoi. The main thing you would have noticed however is the new jersey for team Marlux-Bingoal, with Bingoal replacing Napoleon-Games as title sponsor

The super successful development team Lares-Doltcini also sees change, with Callant replacing Doltcini as title sponsor.

There was no change for World Champ Wout Van Aert, however it is rumoured Stevens could be replacing Felt as bike sponsor from 1st March, with riders reportedly unhappy with the current Felt Bikes. Van Aert’s teammates do see change however, with the Crelan Charles team changing kit to a more ‘striking’ green design!

There we no apparent changes for Vastgoedservice-Pauwels Sauzen, however a new team bus awaited the riders today in Baal! Would you like to see some team bus and truck tours next year?!

Team IKO-Beobank also had a new team bus – with Lotto Soudal reportedly gifting them this beast of a truck for the riders to use for the remainder of the season and beyond after the previous bus caught fire!

Photo credit: Radio2be

 

Sanne Cant remained on Stevens Bikes today, however new teammate Ceylin Alvarado was sporting the new Canyon

Talking of transfers, the Womens Scene has seen a lot of change. Firstly Helen Wyman will now be riding for new team/project Xypex-Verge Sport and will be riding KindHuman Bikes, after losing backing from long term partner Kona

Fellow Brit Nikki Brammeier also starts her own CX ‘project’ and will be another rider on Canyon Bikes as part of the Mudiita Canyon setup.

2016 World Champion Thalita de Jong also has a new team, moving from Lares Waowdeals to Experza-Footlogix for 2018 and is rumoured to be making her CX comeback next weekend in Lueven.

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The Secret behind Wout Van Aerts tyre collection – a quick chat with Dugast

World Champion Wout Van Aert is known to have a wide range of tubular tyres for a variety of conditions… remember back to #Bieles2017 where Wout used an old Green Michelin Mud tread on a Dugast carcass?

Yesterday in Zolder many of you eagle eyed viewers spotted an interesting tread pattern used by Wout, on what was an extremely fast and dry course compared to the used Mud of Zolder, our friends at Dugast let us into the story behind this interesting tyre choice from Van Aert…

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@Cyclocrosss: So what was the combination Wout used today?

Dugast: “This is actually a Barum tread that we have glued on our casing on demand of Niels Albert.
Barum used to be a Czech producer of tubular tyres back in the eighties.
It is a pretty similar thing as the green Michelin treads: we can put these treads on a Dugast casing as long as the customer sends us the tread – and the tread needs to be in a good condition, which is not always the case after conserving it over 30 years”

This tread, more similar to a moto-cross style tread allowed a fast, yet grippy tyre, with good clearance for any mud picked up along the way, was it the perfect combination for today?

“As a rider Niels Albert was always trying many different treads and he is doing the same now for Wout as his team manager.
It could be a good choice for this course, but with today’s conditions. The tread would perform better when it is 100% dry.”

Do you do custom tubulars often, and for the general public?

“We did have lots of interest after last years worlds,  We do this for every customer. Before we had the rhino tubulars we were producing a lot of these tubulars with Michelin tread on our casing. But since the rhino, we get much less requests to do this.”

You can supply your own tread to order custom tubulars on request for €50* by contacting A.Dugast

 

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Exclusive first look: New team bike for Mathieu Van der Poel and Corendon-Circus

From January 1st 2018, Mathieu Van der Poel and his Beobank-Corendon teammates make the switch from Stevens Bikes to Canyon Bicycles.

The team, which will be known as Corendon-Circus, will ride the new Canyon Inflite CF SLX, featruing the Shimano Dura-ace 9170 Groupsets and Wheels, equipped with FMB tubulars and Selle-Italia bar tape and saddles.

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Our Guide to the CX Worlds – #Limburg2018

Famous for its Christmas Market, as well as its cross of course! The medieval Dutch town of Valkenburg plays host to the 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships…

We’ve published a full guide to the event, from where you need to stay, to where you get your tickets we’ve got everything covered.

Visit the ‘Limburg2018 CX Worlds’ page on our site at cyclocrosss.com/limburg2018

 We hope to see you there on the 3rd and 4th February!

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Review – Suplest Edge/3 Pro Cyclocross Shoes

As the cross season beckons we take the chance to review our first Cyclocross specific product of the season – the Edge Pro 3 Shoes from Swiss Shoe Company Suplest.

Suplest pride themselves as the smallest premium cycling shoe brand on earth, yet strive to create the best performing shoes both through comfort and functionality…

The first thing to note was the price, €349 / £300 seems expensive for a pair of shoes, yet when compared to other high performance rivals the price seems on par for a ‘top of the range’ shoe and it is fair to say we felt we got what we paid for with the  Edge/3 Pro shoes from Suplest!

Delivery was fast, and with a range of worldwide dealers, as well as a web shop ( http://www.suplest-shop.com ) the shoes are available across the globe and the shoes came professionally packaged.

Also included in the box was a nice Suplest Shoe bag for transport, as well as a range of studs for when the conditions turn slippy.

A stud spanner was also included which is a nice touch, however we left our test pair studless once we saw the impressive underside of the shoe, providing incredible grip even in the muddiest of conditions.

Sizing is something always debated on when purchasing a new pair of shoes, and having previously used an EU44 with both Specialized and Sidi, the 44 had a perfect fit and thanks to the closure system from Boa, we were able to obtain a snug fit in both thin summer, and thick winter socks.

The Boa dials make sure your feet are locked firmly in the shoes, and the new pull up to quick release feature came in handy when muddy hands were unable to grip the dials – a common problem with many other shoes on the market.

Structurally the shoes were extremely strong, with a unique micro-fibre material providing plenty of protection from the elements, whilst flex for running, yet the power transfer felt excellent through our small SPD cleats. The shoes weight in at a mere 330g (EU42) significantly less than other competition.

Overall we have been extremely pleased with the Edge/3 Pro from Suplest, and when compared to our previous pairs of Sidi and Specialized S-Works shoes would consider these a more than worthy upgrade. Afterall Suplest only create Cycling Shoes and strive to do so at the highest level – we feel this has definitely been achieved with the Edge/3 Pro!

Specification

Sizes:  EU 39-47 including 42.5, 43.5, 44.5

Colours: Black/Red or White/Fluro

Compatibility: SPD, Look, Time and Crankbrothers

Price: €349

Buy now at: http://suplest-shop.com/produkte/schuhe/crosscountry-series.html

Thanks for reading our very first review!

We hope to have many more products to test soon – feel free to contact us if you would like to see your product tested  😀