Pirelli has announced a technical partnership with three-time Downhill world champion Fabien Barel for the development of a new line of Scorpion mountain bike tyres aimed specifically at the world of Gravity Racing (Downhill and Enduro racing).
Transaid ambassadors Guy Heywood (Hankook) and Marcio Bonifacio (Z Tech Control Systems) are determined to raise vital funds for the charity despite the pandemic-enforced postponement of two major cycling events. The pair will complete the planned 507km route of the 2020 Transaid Malawi Challenge virtually between Wednesday 9 and Sunday 13 September. They will use SMART bike trainers and the Zwift cycling app from their homes in Frankfurt and Cambridge to simulate 10km of climbing and between 15 and 18 hours of riding. Heywood told Tyres & Accessories that the pair are trying to raise enough in sponsorship to buy two cycle ambulances or to fund a health care worker in Africa for one year. Thanks to the technology, Heywood assured T&A that the riders would “suffer suitably to justify any support given!” Click here to support Guy and Marcio in helping Transaid to continue its mobility and new health projects in Sub Saharan Africa, including new initiatives focusing on Covid-19, gender-based violence and malaria.
Michelin has renewed its corporate membership of Transaid, the official charity of the transport and logistics industry. The tyre manufacturer, which was a founder member of the charity in 1998, also pledged to fundraise a further £25,000 in cycle challenge sponsorship during 2020.
Pirelli has partnered with the prestigious World Tour Team Trek-Segafredo. Its first official presence after signing the partnership is now underway at the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, where the team’s athletes, including the reigning UCI world champion Mads Pedersen, are riding on Pirelli’s P Zero Velo Tubular tyres.
Continental Tyres has appointed Tour de France-winner Geraint Thomas OBE as its new brand ambassador. Since joining Team Sky in 2010, now Team INEOS, Thomas has ridden on Continental tyres at major cycling events around the world.
A survey of more than 2,000 UK drivers, which was commissioned by InsuretheGap.com, a leading supplier of GAP (Guaranteed Asset Protection) insurance for new and second-hand cars, finds that over two-thirds (69 per cent) want new legislation for cyclists including bikes having a registration number to make them identifiable (68 per cent), and more than half (53 per cent) saying cyclists should be required to hold a licence.
Transaid has published new dates for its Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) cycle challenge. Riders from across the transport and logistics industry are invited to saddle up between Tuesday 2 and Saturday 13 June 2020.
Continental has become the official tyre of the Giro d’Italia as part of a three-year agreement signed with organiser RCS Sport that sees the tyre maker also take on the role of official partner to the cycling Grand Tour race. As official tyre partner, Continental will collaborate with Shimano to supply both bicycle and car tyres for the neutral technical assistance team.
Pirelli has returned to the bicycle tyre market with its PZero Velo range, and Goodyear is also making a comeback. The tyre maker has been absent for a long time – after more than three quarters of a century in the business, Goodyear stopped producing bicycle tyres in 1976. But now it is back and has already appointed a distributor for the UK and Ireland.
International development organisation Transaid has launched its biggest ever cycle challenge, inviting riders from across the industry to saddle up and take on an epic 972-mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2019 – with options for teams of riders to share the challenge.
From the beginning of 2018, Continental will be an official partner of the Tour de France. This means from 2018 onward, for an initial five-year period, all official support vehicles – cars, vans and motorcycles – at the Tour de France will be equipped with Continental tyres. The sponsorship agreement was officially confirmed by Christian Prudhomme, general director Tour de France, and Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental AG.
A team of Michelin employees successfully cycled up Mount Ventoux in France and raised over £2,000 in the process. The adventure forms the first leg in a series of challenges to raise funds for Michelin’s chosen charity for 2017 – the Peter Pan Centre. The charity offers care, support and education to children from birth to the age of 5 with special needs, which can range from visual and hearing impairments through to chromosomal abnormalities and life limiting conditions.
Transaid has assembled the largest ever team of cyclists to take part in one of its fundraising challenges in Africa – with each of the 43 available bikes now assigned to a rider for Cycle South Africa 2017.