On 4 May, the Giro d'Italia's 101st edition commenced in Israel. In the weeks that have followed the peloton has taken on the hills and plains of Sicily, the unforgiving Monte Zoncolan and Colle delle Finestre, and much more.
In celebration of this milestone edition of the Corsa Rosa, fi'zi:k has unveiled a the limited edition Aria 101, a version of the R3 racing shoe emblazoned with a striking hand-painted design by Artful Kicks footwear artist Simon Fellows. Like fi'zi:k, road racing runs in his blood, and their collaboration has produced an exquisite piece of artistry. Price is €290 or approximately $342.
"I have been creating bespoke cycling products for two years now with the ambition of being able to create a range for a worldwide company," said Fellows. "Having hand-painted many pairs of fi'zi:k cycling shoes for customers around the world, it was an honor to have been approached directly by fi'zi:k to produce a unique design, on a pair of shoes and a saddle, to celebrate the 101st Giro d'Italia."
Fellows says he gains inspiration from abstract and geometric shapes and likes to combine these with bright colors and sharp lines. The pink accents along the design represent the major towns and cities along the route of the first edition of the Giro in 1909 and of course, we all know the color of the winner's jersey.
The release of this custom version of the Aria R3 is limited to just 101 pairs - one for every edition of the Giro d'Italia - available now only on fizik.com/aria101.
Aria 101 Edition Features
The Aria 101 features fi'zi:k's Volume Control technology, which uses micro-adjustable Boa IP1-B dials running light steel-coated nylon laces to adapt the shape of each shoe to any rider's foot for fit and comfort.
The pliable yet protective laser-perforated Microtex upper is just 1.2mm thick and fits snugly around the foot with no seam-rub or pressure points, creating a strong, light, breathable and flexible shoe.
Aria 101's uni-directional full carbon outsole is lightweight and laterally stiff for transferring watts into your pedals, while the insole is cushioned with a supportive heel-cup, giving rider comfort and performance. A discreet toe stud and removable double heel stud provide purchase when off the bike. Aria 101 weighs a claimed 243g (size 42.5).
Aria 101 Edition Specifications
- Materials: Microtex Laser Perforated
- Design: Unique creation by Artful Kicks
- Outsole: UD Carbon Fiber
- Closure system: Double Boa IP1-B Dials
- Insole: fi'zi:k cycling insole
- Weight: 243g (size 42.5)
- Price: €290.00 (approximately $342)