Upgrade of the Year

Written by Barry Cox, Duke’s Cycle Cannondale LapDogs Team Member

So…as my first season as a member of the Duke’s Cycle Cannondale LapDogs  Mountainbike Race Team draws to a close, I find myself looking back over a great year of riding and thinking about what worked, and what didn’t.  I, like everyone else on the team, had the privilege of being sponsored by some great organizations, and using some great products.  My Continental X-King tires kept my bike on the trail.  My Giro Xar helmet kept my noggin safe from harm, my Oakley Racing Jackets helped me see what I was doing, and my Egg Beaters [pedals] and Sidi Dominators [shoes] put every bit of the meagre power I generated on the trail.

But the best piece of sponsor gear?   The one that made my feel the best when I was riding?   The one that made me go the fastest?   The one that got me noticed?  That’s easy.  My LapDogs race kit, courtesy of Sugoi .

We’re talking Sugoi RS bibs and jersey here.  The best bike shorts and jersey I have ever owned.  Period.   Every race, every club ride, this is what I wore.  And at the end of the season, it looks good as new.  More importantly, it’s comfortable.  If you’re going to spend a long day In the saddle, the last thing you want is kit that doesn’t fit properly, or even worse, chafes or rubs in places that should not ever  be mentioned on this blog.  I wore my Sugoi team shorts and jersey for the Spring Epic 8, which I rode solo, and for a 225km club ride I led called the Tour de Caffeine, and had zero issues, while looking darn good in the process.

And that’s the most important thing about my team kit.  It just plain looks good.  Credit for this goes to Dukes’ very own Michael Cranwell. Mike, in a past life, was a graphic artist.  While we’re all very glad he found his true calling as Dukes’ general manager, and the LapDogs president, he also happens to know a thing or two about making stuff look good.  Mike’s eye catching and unique design is the icing on the cake, and the perfect complement to the great functionality of this apparel.

Bottom line:  when I put my Sugoi Team Kit on, it just makes me feel fast.   And if I feel fast, I ride my bike fast.  That is why joining the Duke’s Cycle Cannondale LapDogs Mountainbike Race Team, and having the privilege of wearing this kit, is the best upgrade I made this year.

But even better, my team kit is going to perfectly match the Cannondale Flash 2 carbon 29er I just ordered for next season….