2018 marks the beginning of a new stage for the Euskadi cycling team. Following the confirmation of Mikel Landa as President of the Euskadi Foundation, which promotes cycling in the Basque region of Spain, sponsor partners Orbea and Etxeondo are starting to activate their involvement with the Euskadi team.
Etxeondo has designed a new maillot for the Euskadi team, which in 2018 steps up to the Continental pro cycling race category. This maillot brings back the iconic orange colour of the Euskaltel Euskadi team.
The Orca OMR will be the bicycle of the Euskadi team in 2018. A model created for competition, it has been ‘designed to transform all the power of each turn of the pedal into more watts’. The Orca OMR encourages aggressive cycling, thanks to a racing geometry that maximizes aerodynamics and efficiency. It is seen as the ideal bicycle for a squad of climbers, like the Euskadi team.
Orbea will also equip the team Euskadi riders with the R10 helmet: its optimal volume, light weight, ventilation and aerodynamics offering for a multi-purpose helmet, which thanks to its characteristic cover, protects cyclists even on rainy days.
The Euskadi team, under the sports direction of Jorge Azanza, will debut on 25 January 2018 at the Vuelta a Mallorca. Throughout 2018, it will also compete in the Vuelta Ciclista a la Comunidad Valenciana, the Vuelta a Murcia, the Vuelta a Andalucía and the Clásica de Almería. The squad will also participate in other races on the continental calendar in France, Italy and Portugal.
Orbea’s commitment to the Euskadi Foundation dates back almost 25 years. Etxeondo has also been part of this project, equipping Euskaltel Euskadi for several seasons. Both companies are now keen to work together ‘to give new life to a project that has been the dream of so many fans in the Basque Country’.