Daily News Digest: Sagan returns to winning ways; CX nationals round up

by Neal Rogers

January 15, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan opens season with win at People’s Choice Classic; Spratt takes Santos Women’s Tour GC, Hosking wins final stage; Van der Poel, Van Aert defend respective national CX titles; Cant, Brand, Ferrand-Prevot take national CX titles; Hyde defends US national cyclocross title after duel with Powers; Compton holds off Noble to take 14th consecutive national CX title; 2018 Vuelta a España route details announced; Sky debutant Halvorsen out for TDU after fracture in People’s Choice crash; Kask unveils Utopia, its most aerodynamic road helmet.

Kask unveils Utopia, its most aerodynamic road helmet

by CyclingTips

Kask has unveiled their most aerodynamic road helmet to date, the Utopia, which be available to buy later this year. Kask claims the Utopia offers “the very latest technology in aerodynamics and ventilation,” offering speed while “retaining excellent safety and cooling capabilities.”

The Utopia was developed with Team Sky, which will first race using it at the Santos Tour Down Under, according to the stage profiles, and will wear them in white to match the team’s new look for 2018. It will be available for purchase later this year.

To develop the Utopia, KASK claims it tested 10 of the best road aero helmets on the market in the wind tunnel, and created a 3D scan for a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. The helmets were tested at various speeds and yaw angles to reflect crosswinds. At the end of the test, Kask claims that the drag data of Utopia versus the best competitor helmet resulted in a saving of up to 6 watts when riding at 50kph. Kask claims a size medium weighs in at just 235 grams.