Garmin-Sharp will wear the new Octal helmet during the upcoming race season.
POC and Garmin-Sharp have inked a three-year partnership that will see the Swedish company provide helmets and eyewear to the Colorado-based WorldTour team.
POC, a leading manufacturer of skiing and mountain bike helmets, dove into the road bike world this year, launching the Octal helmet, Octal Aero helmet and Tempor TT helmet.
As for eyewear, the team will choose from a number of different models, ranging from the DID’s to the soon-to-be-released DO Blades. DO Blade has been developed in collaboration with 2012 Giro D’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal, who helped put POC eyewear on the map by wearing the unique looking sunglasses at last year’s Tour de France.
POC is also just about to release AVIP, it’s first road bike specific range of helmets, apparel, eyewear and accessories. AVIP stands for Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection and is POC’s most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists.
The blue color of the Octal and the Do Blade is called “Garminum Blue”, a salute to the team and will be used for competition. Since visibility is a key factor to road bike safety and to support the idea behind AVIP, the highly visible orange version of the Octal helmet will be the first choice for team Garmin-Sharp when training.
More info at www.pocsports.com.