Wednesday, July 9, 2008

TdF Innovation

Pearl Izumi developed a cooling vest (co-developed with Allen Lim) with pockets to contain either ice or crystal-filled packets for the Garmin-Chipotle riders to keep them cool before the start of time trials. You probably saw this on the coverage. The idea is that it keeps the body core temperature cool while the rider gets the legs ready for the race. (Why did it take this long to have one of these?) Also seen are the new Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed and new Shimano Dura-Ace group.

1 comment:

  1. I did see that. Very cool, no pun intended. U.S. marathoners had this at the Athens olympics. It looked a lot like my weight vest. I looked at it tonight and I could just take out the weights and add those gel freezer packs that you use for sprained ankles or tuna salad at NASCAR events.

    Why do they need 11 speeds? Can't they just make 10 faster? (SpinalTap reference probably not coming through.) I'm waiting for the wireless shifting so that somebody can write a virus that causes everybody in the peleton to shift to 42/23 all at once while cruising at 25mph.