Whether it is a pair of sunglasses to round out your training and racing gear or a windtrainer to make your indoor training that much better, sometimes the right accessory can make all the difference to your training and racing. Here are a few that are sure to make your training fun and productive this year:
Evzero Pitch Prism Trail
$170 The lightest sunglasses Oakley has ever made, the Evzero Pitch uses Oakley’s Unobtanium earsocks and nosepads to stay firmly in place no matter how intense your workout or race gets. They’re so light you’ll hardly notice they’re on and the Prism lenses provide outstanding optical clarity that will help you make out subtle changes in terrain in even the flattest light.
Trigger Point Grid STK
$53 This hand-held roller is wrapped with special channels to help you roll out all your aches and pains after even the toughest workout. The convenient size makes it easy to bring the STK with you to the gym, office or on-theroad. You’ll never have an excuse to not roll out those stiff muscles again.
Smith Pivlock Arena
$210 These stylish sunglasses perform as well as they draw comments. The Carbonic TLT lenses provide excellent optical clarity while the TR90 frame material is extremely light and tough. The Hydroleophobic lens coating is a perfect addition for hard-working triathletes, while the two-position nose pad ensures a comfortable and snug fit.
Xlab Torpedo Kompact 500
US$88 Having a water bottle in between your bars is one of the most aerodynamic spots you can put it, all while making it really easy to access, too. Xlab has raised the bar with the Kompact 500, using carbon fibre to improve on the alloy Kompact 100 by making it lighter, sleeker and able to keep your water bottle snug on even the bumpiest roads. The carbon mounting plate is unidirectional so you can have the bottle face either direction and there’s a Garmin computer mount, too.
Continental Grand Prix TT
$93 Long renowned as a favourite with professional cyclists and triathletes, Continental tires have a well-deserved reputation for providing excellent durability and performance. The Grand Prix TT is a clincher tire that offers excellent puncture protection thanks to the Vectran puncture protection insert. You also get excellent grip and efficient rolling thanks to Continental’s Blackchili Compound.
Pro Missile EVO
$1,550 This sleek, fully carbon, aero bar weighs in at just 595 g and offers a huge amount of adjustability of armpad and extension options to allow you to dial in the perfect aero and comfortable position. There is integrated brake and shift-cable routing (also for Shimano Di2 wireless systems) to ensure that you’ll be able to create the optimal aerodynamic cockpit.
$399; $499 BLUETOOTH POWERMETER VERSION Using magnets to provide resistance the Stac Zero allows you to get the toughest of workouts without putting any wear on your tires. That also means there’s no noise, making this trainer a dream for those who live in apartments. There’s no flywheel so the Zero folds flat for easy storage and because there are no moving parts wear and tear will be at a minimum. We’re especially excited about the new Bluetooth Ant+ Powermeter version.—km
Trigger Point Grid STK Smith Pivlock Arena
Xlab Torpedo Kompact 500 Oakley Evzero Pitch Prism Trail Continental Grand Prix TT Pro Missile EVO Stac Zero