Product news: ToB design competition, Balint Hamvas, Velocite, 3T Garmin mount

3T Integra Stem

Ou, if like us, you’re a bit of a Garmin geek, then check out this 3T stem with integrated Garmin Edge mount.

It’s the fruit of a partnership between 3T and Garmin, both sponsors of Pro Team Garmin-Barracuda, who have been working on the INTEGRA since the end of last year.

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‘Tis the season for Garmin mounts as we’re beginning to see a steady stream in the CW office. But the 3T Integra all-carbon stem houses Garmin Edge head units in such a sleek, and so far the most aerodynamic, way that this one is going to be hard to beat.

Currently being used by Tyler Farrar and Vande Velde at the Giro, the first batch should hit the shops around late June with a price tag of around €275 and will be available in sizes 90-120mm.

Balint Hamvas Cyclocross 2011/12

Amazing photography and Cyclocross – quite possibly the most perfect ingredients for best coffee table book. Ever. 

If you haven’t already come across Balint Hamvas’s photos, then you have been missing out big time. His latest book of spectacular pictures from the 2011/12 cyclocross season is out now.

Featuring breathtaking photos from all of the World Cups, Superprestige, GVA trophy races and, among many others, the epic World Champs at Koksijde, Belgium.

At €39.99 it’s an investment book, but your life will certainly be richer for it.


Tour of Britain KOM Surrey Schools competition

Fancy yourself as the next Stella McCartney? Well if you’re a Surrey student aged between 7-16 then you’re in luck!

A competition has just been launched to find a new design for this year’s Tour of Britain famous SKODA King of the Mountains Jersey.

Surrey County Council, hosts of this year’s Tour of Britain final stage, and official jersey sponsor SKODA have teamed up to launch a competition to design the official Tour of Britain KOM jersey.

The winner will also be invited to present it at The Tour’s prize ceremony on the 16th September. All 417 schools in Surrey have been sent a competition pack and students have until 27th June to submit their entries.

Velocite Super computer bike

Velocite and the National Centre for High Performance Computing (NCHC), Taiwan, have announced a partnership aimed at solving and developing the most aerodynamically optimised bicycle – designed completely by a supercomputer.

In an interesting press release, Velocite and NCHC say that ‘significant new technological and design breakthroughs will be achieved’.

Gosh, our sceptical scientific minds think that’s quite some claim.

But the interesting bit is the method which they seek achieve the ultimate aerodynamic bike will involve running a significant number of simulations in the ‘supercomputer’ taking in excess of 25 days to compute – the same task running on a standard desktop PC would take over 150 years to complete.