A number of fi’zi:k-sponsored riders will wear a special edition R1B Climb shoe at this year’s Giro. In addition to being worn by the pros at the Corsa Rosa, a strictly limited edition run of just 40 pairs are available to buy at fizik.com or from the company’s leading dealers worldwide.
The design on the R1B Climb Edition upper includes the contour of the iconic Monte Grappa and Asiago climbs. They are amongst the toughest tests the world’s finest racers will face this year as they take on the climbs during stage 20 of the 100th Giro d’Italia.
“The Giro is a special race for all riders, and this year riding in Sicily will be one of the inspiring stages for sure,” said Salvatore Puccio, who lines up for the Corsa Rosa with his Sky team-mates for the fourth time. Puccio’s Team Sky co-leader Geraint Thomas, among the favourites for overall victory at the Giro 100 was one of the riders pro riders to wear the R1B, and will adopt the Climb Edition this year.
“To share in expressing the passion and excitement of this event is an honour,” said Thomas. “By stage 20 I don’t want to be thinking about my feet or my footwear but it’s good to know they’ll be looking their best.”
“It’s the first Grand Tour of the year and if you can learn how to race the Giro as a General Classification rider, you can race any Grand Tour,” said BMC’s Rohan Dennis, embarking on his first Giro. “The challenges we will face this year will be bigger than ever. I also have very high demands from my equipment – and that always includes my shoes.”
For fi’zi:k staff, the R1B Climb Edition is both an inspirational design and a familiar shape, as Monte Grappa and the Asiago are visible from the fi’zi:k headquarters in Vicenza province. “We know the iconic Mother Alpe well,” said Sarah Colpo, fi’zi:k Marketing Manager. “It keeps us feeling close to the professional riders that we support and admire. As well as their skill and effort we appreciate their bravery and the danger they face. It feeds our passion for racing and inspires us in our work. The R1B Climb Edition brings all that together in its design.”
The R1B brings together brand new technologies specifically engineered by fi’zi:k.
It includes a unique new shoe fitting technology called Volume Control, which ‘enables each shoe to be precisely fitted to the rider’s feet, accurately and easily’. The shape of each shoe can be changed individually. Using a pair of Boa IP1 dials on each shoe, riders can tighten the grip to increase power transfer, and can quickly adjust their R1B’s fit.
The R1B’s outsole is uni-directional carbon fibre, with built-in ventilation that further enhances both cooling for rider comfort and the aerodynamic properties of the shoe. The outsole combines with the supportive fi’zi:k Cycling Insole to ‘ensure that every precious watt goes straight into your pedals’. Alongside this, sculpted footbeds and supportive heel forming keeps feet securely cradled helping to avoid any hot spots or crush zones.
fi’zi:k WorldTour R1B riders include: Olympic Gold Medalist and Grand Tour hard-man Geraint Thomas (GBR – Team Sky); former World Hour Record holder and time trial specialist, Rohan Dennis (AUS – BMC Racing Team); and super-domestique and holder of both the Maglia Rosa and the Vuelta’s red jersey, Salvatore Puccio (ITA – Team Sky)
fi’zi:k R1B shoes are priced at €350 (US$430, £329). A strictly limited edition number of just 40 pairs of fi’zi:k R1B Climb Edition are available to order either direct online from fi’zi:k or from leading dealers worldwide.