The EF Education First drapac p/b Cannondale team operates in a unique, high-performance environment. Working closely with the team we are able to refine our equipment, ensuring that our products and the riders excel at the very highest level. The experience and feedback we gain find its way into a host of our products and is an important tool which allows us to continually improve, innovate and refine our award winning products to support our safety mission.
Featuring the unique colors of the team and integrating the POC inspired lines and design, the team jersey adds to rich history of cycling kits. Designed around the complex environment of an active and moving rider, who’s needs will change depending on riding position and posture, the team jersey features lightweight, flexible, high-wicking, ventilated and breathable fabrics for advanced performance.
The cycling cap is more than a tool for managing the weather and comfort, it is the embodiment of cycling culture and tradition, especially when it sports the colors and support of your cycling team. Over the years the simple cycling cap has held center stage in many of the sports iconic images and the team cap is one that is sure to inspire.
Created with advanced structure and materials the team sock is a refined piece of kit that will always be admired. Constructed with air mesh to enhance breathability, an elasticated high-density support and a flat seam across the toe, the socks are designed to increase comfort and protection.
Riding a bike, whether it’s climbing hairpins or rattling along cobbles, can be technical and requires precise bike handling. Control and performance is everything and our team gloves have been created with the same precision, maximum feel and performance required by the team for absolute comfort and contact to support better bike control.
Weight is fundamental to road racing. In some ways it’s a simple equation, the lighter you are the faster you can take yourself up long, steep climbs. But it’s not that simple and the reality is that we all need power too and finding the perfect balance is critical.
It wasn't that long ago that we weren’t required to wear helmets during a race. Today it's inconceivable to even consider not having a helmet. I had a very scary crash at Paris-Roubaix a couple years ago that made it abundantly clear that we cannot understate the importance of looking after our heads and our brains.
One of the most important parts of being a pro-bike racer is concentration and focus on the discipline. I'm constantly thinking of, and focused on, how I can improve as a bike racer, how I can gain an edge on my rivals, and how I can ride my fastest. At this level, the margin between victory and defeat, and the difference in ability between the best and worst rider, is minuscule, which means I can't afford to compromise.
I was first put in a wind tunnel for aerodynamics testing in 2007. I had just turned 17 and was on the road to qualifying for my first Olympic Games. The late 2000s proved to be the start of a refined technological revolution in the sport of cycling, and I have been a witness to the advancement of aerodynamic technology throughout the entirety of this millennium.