Louis Garneau is proud to announce the helmet and shoe sponsorship of the 2009 Ironman 70.3 Athlete of the Year, Joe Gambles. Gambles will be riding the Louis Garneau Vorttice Helmet and Carbon Tri HRS shoes for the 2011 Season. In 2010, Gambles wore both products to his first Ironman win in Wisconsin and backed that performance up at the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Championship with a 4th place finish and the fastest bike split of the day.
“I am very excited to become officially part of the Louis Garneau team. As a professional athlete, I am always looking for the best equipment and Louis Garneau are leading the way in the advancement of cycling shoes and helmets for both the triathlon and road elite market. I look forward to a long-term relationship where I am able not only to represent the brand well through my racing but also be part of the development and innovation that Louis Garneau is renowned for.” remarks Gambles.
The Vorttice helmet is a true revolution in aerodynamic helmets designed to be faster than the competition. Unlike any other aero helmet, proven dimpled technology at the front of the helmets causes air to flow closely to the helmet. When hitting the “Vortex Generator” at the top of the helmet, the air is accelerated again so it can glide along to the end of the helmet and eliminate air disturbances. The unique “air intake” situated at the highest pressure point on the helmet directs the air along the 3 “evacuation channels” keeping the rider cool and directing the flow of air through and out the helmet. When the cyclist is riding straight forward, the air must change direction to skirt around the helmet. This creates a high pressure zone in front of the helmet making it the perfect place to position the vent. Air goes in at high speed, moves around the head through internal evacuation channels and exits at the back opening. Heat produced by the cyclist’s head is then wicked out through the back. Designed to improve aerodynamic performance, the Vorttice lens is ventilated and included with the helmet. The shape of the helmet, air intake system and vortex generator prove to be exceptional at managing winds from all directions allowing athletes to go faster while spending less energy.
The Carbon Tri HRS shoes are our most accomplished triathlon shoe to date. The perfect balance between the triathlon specific needs and raw performance without sacrificing comfort. The reverse power belt is super fast in transition, without compromising support and it increases stiffness for maximum power transfer. The heel retention strap maintains the heel in place while power stroke, maximizing power transfer. CFS 100% moldable upper, breathable laminated micro fiber leather complete upper that provides a custom fit for ultimate comfort and maximum power transfer and support. The molded toe box bumper and heel cup maintain the shape of the shoe during transition while providing ventilation and stiffness.