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by Neal Rogers
April 12, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Wellens solos to victory at Brabantse Pijl, dedicates victory to Michael Goolaerts; Bastianelli wins first edition of women’s Brabantse Pijl; Autopsy confirms cardiac arrest caused Goolaerts’ Roubaix crash; Rémy Di Gregorio provisionally suspended for EPO; Five-time Flèche champion Valverde: ‘If I’m in the lead with 200 metres to go, it’s hard to beat me’; 100% launches Speedcraft Air to control nasal dilation; RockShox’s new TwistLoc brings remote lockout control to the grip; Fox boosts travel in its cross country platform with 34 Step-Cast 120mm fork.
This week, 100% launched the new Speedcraft Air, the first cycling eyewear developed to control nasal dilation throughout a bike ride.
The Speedcraft Air comes with magnetic nose stickers to secure and properly operate the system. The nasal dilator is adjusted by rotating a small dial in the center of the lens, and the magnetic arms can be opened or closed to control nasal dilation. The system has been race tested by three-time world champion Peter Sagan at the Tour Down Under, Milan-San Remo, Tirreno-Adriatico, E3 Harelbeke and his win at Gent-Wevelgem.
“When you breathe in and out of your mouth you’re moving a lot of air and flooding your lungs with air — but that’s not a good thing,” said Jim Castillo, founder of AC Systems, who developed the Speedcraft Air with 100%. “The Speedcraft Air aides in correct breathing, not more breathing or harder breathing. It’s like a variable cam in a four-stroke engine. It changes the lift of the valves depending on what you’re trying to get out of the engine. It’s a matter of controlling your breath, and that controls your heart rate.”
The eyewear also features interchangeable, single-lens 360 degree shields with 100%’s HiPER Lens Tech. The lenses comes with a HYDROILO hydroleophobic lens treatment to repel water, dirt and oil, and the TR90 frame design allows for enhanced space between lens and face to increase airflow and prevent fogging.
The Speedcraft Air retails for USD $325. Refill kits (10 towelettes, 20 nose stickers) are available for USD $15.