By Paul Norman
Look Cycles has announced that it will continue to sponsor a French fixed gear racing team in fixed gear criterium races in 2017, having initially dipped its toes in these events last year.
This includes the Red Hook Criterium series, with races in New York, London, Barcelona and Milan. Other races scheduled for the team include the Dutch Crit Rijwijk on April 2, Geneva Criterium on June 17 & 18, La P’tite Course Crit Paris on July 8, Tournus Criterium on July 1 and Dijon National Mustard Crit on September 9.
The four member team includes Thibaut and Félix Lhenry, and François Février and this year is joined by its first woman member, 23-year-old Camille Udny.
All the team will ride customised Look AL464 alloy track bikes with an extra-stiff carbon fork, Mavic wheels, SRAM Omnium track/fixie specific chainset and Look Keo 2 Max pedals.
The AL464 is Look’s entry-level track/fixed gear frame and is used by many track schools. Look itself has quite a reputation in track frames. Its top-end R96 carbon frame was the most popular track bike at the Rio Olympics last August with a total of over 80 being used by various national teams.
Watch: How much faster does a skin suit make you?
Look is also kitting out the team with its Superhighway skin suit. Look says this has an aero design with two rear pockets. It also includes skin protection fabric in vulnerable zones. Look says this increases abrasion resistance by more than 40% over a conventional lycra fabric – useful in the fast-paced environment of fixed gear crits.
In 2016 the team took part in ten races, winning three and podiuming in five.
Mark Cavendish spotted cycling in central London
Cavendish will race in the World Championships on Sunday 26 September, but needed to get some miles in his legs in London
By Ryan Dabbs •
See and be seen with the Garmin Varia rearview radar and tail light
Garmin’s clever tail light alerts you to approaching vehicles as well as upping your road presence
By Cycling Weekly •
Bike gears: shifting explained for beginners
We talk you through how to use your bicycle gears efficiently and properly
By Michelle Arthurs-Brennan •
Zwift: Everything you need to know about the online training and racing platform
From Watopia to the Zwift Academy - check out our complete guide to start your virtual cycling experience
By Henry Robertshaw •
Electric bikes and UK law: what you need to know
Do you need a licence to ride an electric bike? What's the maximum permissable power output for an ebike? Read on to find out more...
By Nick Busca •
How to buy an e-bike: Everything you need to know about electric bikes before you purchase
Are you wondering how to buy an e-bike but don't know your torque from your power or your hub drive from a mid drive motor? Then you've come to the right place
By Rupert Radley •
Is an e-bike worth it? Why an electric bike is perfect for commuting
An e-bike is the perfect mode of transport for commuting to work
By Luke Friend •
The best electric bike conversion kits and how to fit one
Feeling a little e-curious but don't want to splash the cash?
By James Bracey •
Best road bike wheels reviewed: disc and rim wheelsets
Our complete guide to what to look for when buying your new road bike wheels, including the type of rim, the material, and the depth you should go for.
By Stefan Abram •
A new look for Strava app with updates to the navigation bar
The new design should make the app more intuitive to use, as well as offering the promise of “room to grow when it comes to developing new features
By Stefan Abram •