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  • Whilst being a staple in US culture for many years, officially organised gravel events have been irregular if existing at all in Europe. Now with the almost every manufacturer making a gravel or "groad" bike, we are keen to see more of the gravel sportive events appearing.

    Introducing "La Resistance", a new event in the French Alps. From Road.CC:

    "La Resistance is a new and unique mountain road and gravel event in the Haute Savoie, conceived to honour the brave men and women of the French Resistance who lost their lives in the Alps at the Battle of the Glieres in 1944. The inaugural running of this high mountain cycling event will take place this September, based in the picturesque village of Talloires on the shores of Lake Annecy.

    La Resistance is a 130km ride with 3,200m of climbing that takes riders up to the Plateau des Glieres and tackles 2 tough road mountain climbs, 4 gravel/off road sections and goes past the National Monument to La Resistance and the Necropolis and Museum at Morette where riders are encouraged to stop and reflect. There is also the shorter route option of La Petite at only 90km with 2,200m of elevation, a ride that doesn’t ascend the Plateau but does pause at the Necropolis."

    We've got two perfect bikes such an event:

    Argon 18 Krypton X Road

    Orro Bikes Terra Gravel

     

    - See more at: http://road.cc/content/news/185942-%E2%80%9Cla-resistance%E2%80%9D-alpine-gravel-ride-announced#sthash.KRKdppGX.dpuf

  • Ben Thomas, of Mountain Trax - Vauxhall, an i-ride supported athlete with Northwave shoes, finished a close second this weekend in the opening round of the Southern XC series. This puts Ben into first in the national points ranking.

    A note from Ben:

    'This past weekend I successfully raced the opening round of the Southern XC Series finishing a close second place to Phil Pearce, 2015 National XC Series champion. It's not often I race cross country events and this was a training exerice to finish off a hard 3 week block. Therefore it was encouraging to keep pace with Phil until mid way through the last lap when a little slip let a few meters gap open, that gap of 10 seconds was all that split us over the finish line. Great training ahead of the next marathon races.'

    Nice work Ben!

  • On March 4th, Filippo Ganna became the first Italian man to win the individual pursuit at the World Championships since Francesco Moser in 1976 with a winning time of 4:16.141 over Domenic Weinstein’s (Germany) 4:18.275.

    The 19 year old attributes some of his success to custom footwear provided especially by Northwave. 

    Check out the Northwave shoe range here...

    Read the full story of his 'peculiar feet' below:

    Filippo Ganna and Northwave: success is (also) a matter of feet
    Among the secret weapons of the new Individual Pursuit World Champion are his special Northwave shoes, designed for him to fit his very peculiar feet

     

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    Photo: Gold, silver and rainbow: Filippo Ganna's gold medal and rainbow jersey with his custom Northwave Extreme shoes (Credits: Dario Dalben)

    At Northwave, the name of Filippo Ganna was a famous one well before the last March 4th, when some amazing laps in the London velodrome turned a young prospect into the new Individual Pursuit World Champion at only 19, forty years after the last title claimed by an Italian in 1976, by Francesco Moser. But Filippo’s fame was only partially due to his remarkable qualities as a rider.

     

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    Along with two Team Colpack teammates, Under 23 vice-World Champion Simone Consonni and Francesco Lamon, Filippo Ganna paid a visit to Northwave to thank the company for their support and commitment of over one year of work, started in 2015 January when Filippo was still riding for the Viris-Maserati team. Stefano Bresolin, Northwave’s modeler who works directly with the sponsored athletes and teams, tells: “Filippo’s name often comes up when someone asks us who of our riders has the ‘trickiest’ feet … actually, his situation is pretty peculiar.

     

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    The first reason can be guessed by just taking a quick look to the molds of Filippo’s shoes, customized for him by Northwave. “Almost everyone’s feet is slightly bigger than the other, but I kind of exaggerated – Filippo told – as I use two different sizes, EU 47 for my left shoes and 47.5 for the right. Additionally, my right foot is flat, while the left is not.

     

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    During his factory visit, Filippo showed the evolution of his Northwave Extreme shoes, from his first model to the one he stepped on the World Championships podium with, displaying different solutions in closure, feeling and fit. “The peculiar anatomy of my feet, and the right in particular, means that with a standard upper, I have a tendency to deform the inner part of it, and eventually disrupt it, losing in stiffness and effort efficiency. Along with Stefano, and after several steps and attempts, we managed to achieve the best feeling I have ever had with my shoes,” Ganna said.

     

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    The first key step was the option for a three-strap closure: “The SLW2 rotor is a brilliant solution for most of the athletes, as it matches quickness, accuracy and a perfect balance of pressure, but in Filippo’s case we realized we should have gone in a different direction,” Stefano Bresolin explained. “With three straps and a slim fit we can counterbalance his tendency to disrupt the inner part of the upper, while an opening in the internal part of his right upper, in the most painful point, compensates the increased pressure on the area".

     

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    Unfortunately, with the rotor we could not contain the pressure on the internal part, and I could not push at my best,” Ganna confirmed. “Before last year, I had used it several times: we were equipped with only one shoe model, and we should deal with it. What Northwave does with athletes, even in the youth ranks, is really something.

     

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    As a matter of fact, Filippo’s different feet requires way more adjustments on a default model, and so his shoes and each of their components are entirely produced in Italy, in Northwave’s main site in Onigo di Pederobba, where the World Champion had the opportunity to closely watch his upper’s cutting process, as well as the assembling of the shoes.

     

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    Working with athletes is part of our DNA, and has been one of my priority from the moment I founded Northwave, – company owner and founder Gianni Piva said – and it’s our mission to create the perfect shoes for each rider, in order for him to fulfil his potential, and we provide to all of our athletes a level of support that I believe very few companies can boast. It’s a joy when a young guy like Filippo comes to us with a gold medal and the rainbow jersey, but what really makes the difference is the familiarity he has with the people who work with him here.

     

    Filippo Ganna con Gianni Piva

     

    “Shoes are a key part of a rider’s performance, and to feel his confidence in Northwave, and our know-how in handling his peculiarities, is the biggest confirmation that we are working in the right way. It’s a huge satisfaction,” Piva stated.

     

    Onigo di Pederobba (Italy), March 21st, 2016

     

    Check out the Northwave shoe range here...

     

    Filippo Ganna and Northwave: success is (also) a matter of feet
    Among the secret weapons of the new Individual Pursuit World Champion are his special Northwave shoes, designed for him to fit his very peculiar feet

     

    Image

     

    Photo: Gold, silver and rainbow: Filippo Ganna's gold medal and rainbow jersey with his custom Northwave Extreme shoes (Credits: Dario Dalben, free-usage granted with credits) - Click on the image to download

     

    At Northwave, the name of Filippo Ganna was a famous one well before the last March 4th, when some amazing laps in the London velodrome turned a young prospect into the new Individual Pursuit World Champion at only 19, forty years after the last title claimed by an Italian in 1976, by Francesco Moser. But Filippo’s fame was only partially due to his remarkable qualities as a rider.

     

    Image

     

    Along with two Team Colpack teammates, Under 23 vice-World Champion Simone Consonni and Francesco Lamon, Filippo Ganna paid a visit to Northwave to thank the company for their support and commitment of over one year of work, started in 2015 January when Filippo was still riding for the Viris-Maserati team. Stefano Bresolin, Northwave’s modeler who works directly with the sponsored athletes and teams, tells: “Filippo’s name often comes up when someone asks us who of our riders has the ‘trickiest’ feet … actually, his situation is pretty peculiar.

     

    Image

     

    The first reason can be guessed by just taking a quick look to the molds of Filippo’s shoes, customized for him by Northwave. “Almost everyone’s feet is slightly bigger than the other, but I kind of exaggerated – Filippo told – as I use two different sizes, EU 47 for my left shoes and 47.5 for the right. Additionally, my right foot is flat, while the left is not.

     

    Image

     

    During his factory visit, Filippo showed the evolution of his Northwave Extreme shoes, from his first model to the one he stepped on the World Championships podium with, displaying different solutions in closure, feeling and fit. “The peculiar anatomy of my feet, and the right in particular, means that with a standard upper, I have a tendency to deform the inner part of it, and eventually disrupt it, losing in stiffness and effort efficiency. Along with Stefano, and after several steps and attempts, we managed to achieve the best feeling I have ever had with my shoes,” Ganna said.

     

    Image

     

    The first key step was the option for a three-strap closure: “The SLW2 rotor is a brilliant solution for most of the athletes, as it matches quickness, accuracy and a perfect balance of pressure, but in Filippo’s case we realized we should have gone in a different direction,” Stefano Bresolin explained. “With three straps and a slim fit we can counterbalance his tendency to disrupt the inner part of the upper, while an opening in the internal part of his right upper, in the most painful point, compensates the increased pressure on the area".

     

    Image

     

    Unfortunately, with the rotor we could not contain the pressure on the internal part, and I could not push at my best,” Ganna confirmed. “Before last year, I had used it several times: we were equipped with only one shoe model, and we should deal with it. What Northwave does with athletes, even in the youth ranks, is really something.

     

    Image

     

    As a matter of fact, Filippo’s different feet requires way more adjustments on a default model, and so his shoes and each of their components are entirely produced in Italy, in Northwave’s main site in Onigo di Pederobba, where the World Champion had the opportunity to closely watch his upper’s cutting process, as well as the assembling of the shoes.

     

    Image

     

    Working with athletes is part of our DNA, and has been one of my priority from the moment I founded Northwave, – company owner and founder Gianni Piva said – and it’s our mission to create the perfect shoes for each rider, in order for him to fulfil his potential, and we provide to all of our athletes a level of support that I believe very few companies can boast. It’s a joy when a young guy like Filippo comes to us with a gold medal and the rainbow jersey, but what really makes the difference is the familiarity he has with the people who work with him here.

     

    Filippo Ganna con Gianni Piva

     

    “Shoes are a key part of a rider’s performance, and to feel his confidence in Northwave, and our know-how in handling his peculiarities, is the biggest confirmation that we are working in the right way. It’s a huge satisfaction,” Piva stated.

     

    Onigo di Pederobba (Italy), March 21st, 2016