In addition to the Foil and Plasma bikes, and the Wit and Split helmets of Team ORICA-GreenEDGE, you will spot the new SCOTT Premium Road Shoe at this year's Tour de France.
Luke Fryer, the designer of the new Premium Road Shoe, gives an insight into the work on the new model for 2013, which will be worn by four of SCOTT Sport's Footwear Athletes in the next 3 weeks:
"The Road Premium cycling shoe has been redesigned for 2013. By incorporating feedback from our professional cyclists, we have made targeted modifications to improve both fit and comfort. The shoe's performance fit has been enhanced with a new upper construction. The upper now utilizes a series of ribs to effectively wrap the foot and create a secure bridge between the sole and the closure system. The mesh area between the ribs also affords good ventilation, keeping feet comfortably cool."
"The BOA closure system has also undergone some revisions. The narrow pulleys have been replaced with wider 2-to-1 lace loops, and a new tongue featuring a three dimensionally molded stiffener and cushion. These features work in tandem to more comfortably distribute the forces of the BOA laces across the instep, and a Velcro strap has been added across the forefoot to further tailor the fit."
"At the back of the shoe, the Anatomic Heel Counter was made both stronger and taller. Coupled with additionally reinforcing details, the system will work in unison with the BOA lacing to securely cradle the foot, and eliminate heel slip."
"With the emergence of Team GreenEDGE, the design directive for the new Road Premium shoe was clear-look different from the rest of the peloton. The shoe blends from white to a deep green, conveying a sense of speed, and the main microfiber, a bright, glossy GreenEDGE green, will definitely stand out in a crowd."
The Pro Peloton Demands Premium Performance
Though the new SCOTT Premium Road Shoe colors celebrate the success of Team Orica-GreenEDGE, pro riders outside the Team also enjoy the improved comfort, fit, and performance of the new shoe.
Sandy Casar, Matthieu Ladagnous, Thibaut Pinot (all FDJ) and Kadri Blel (AG2R La Mondiale) will ride the new Road Premium shoes at the Tour de France. Here is an interview exerpt with Sandy Casar.
1. Why are you riding SCOTT shoes and what's important to you when choosing a cycling shoe? What are the 'must haves' of a good cycling shoe?
Above all, a good cycling shoe needs to be comfortable and provide good foot support. The feet must not be squashed or inflamed. I have tested several shoes from SCOTT's competitors, but SCOTT remains the best.
2. What do you tell people about SCOTT shoes? What do you like most about SCOTT shoes?
The design is very nice and the shoe is comfortable and light. At the same time the shoes remain rigid & stiff which helps to transfer maximum power on the pedals which can help a lot during a race.
3. What do you think of our new adjustable ErgoLogic insole?
The ErgoLogic insoles are very well thought out. Often cycling shoes have a basic insole, but with the ErgoLogic system it's like having an orthopedic insole. This increases the comfort and the efficiency of the shoes.
4. What are your goals for 2012?
My main goals for 2012 are to win as many of the races that I participate in as possible. Above all I'd like to win at the Tour de France.
In addition to Svein Tuft, Tomas Vaitkus, Christian Meier and Daniel Teklehaymanot (ORICA-GreenEDGE), there is number of riders in the pro peloton wearing SCOTT shoes, a list of which you can find here.