July 07, 2004
New TT helmets a major effort
Last year, the UCI ruled that all racing helmets, including those worn during time trials, must meet safety standards. Previously, riders wore one-off aero helmets with no real provision for crash protection.
The new UCI ruling didn't leave much time for helmet companies to develop, test, and build new helmets. The usual turnaround is 2 years, but this time, they had about 8 months.
To get certification, Giro claims to have spent $100,000 for 2 Giro helmets and a Bell, and they claim that the Rev 6 helmet US Postal will be wearing is good for 17 seconds in a 60-kilometer TT ridden at 30 mph.
Also details the massive Lazer helmets Lotto is wearing, and the super-aero Uvex helmets worn by T-Mobile, and everybody else's.
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