Team LOOK Crit returned for 2019 at Rad Race Berlin in Germany this weekend, with a ‘striking new style alongside a refreshed rider and sponsor lineup’.
The amateur criterium and track racing team, of which LOOK is the title sponsor, will ride the LOOK 875 Madison and AL 464 track bike for the season in a design that will see them stand out from the rest of the peloton.
The team has also been working in partnership with high-performance clothing specialists Rapha, which is supplying ‘technically-advanced, pro-level skinsuits for racing’. The team riders will race in a brand new magenta and black colour scheme for the coming season, with the LOOK design team working on an artistic concept inspired by renowned 60s artist Franco Grignani.
Emulating the Italian artist, the LOOK designers’ goal was to ‘disrupt the spectator while creating and optical illusion and psychedelic effect with moving curves’. The choice of magenta is directly inspired by the pop music of the 80s, and enables a disruptive contrast with the rigour of the black and white curves.
Alongside title sponsors LOOK, which will also supply KEO 2 Max Carbon pedals for each rider, the team are also partnered by carbon wheel specialists Corima. The company will supply its 47mm and 58mm carbon rims as well as track-specific wheels, and will use Michelin tyres for the season. Oakley will supply its Aro 5 helmets along with Flight Jacket and Jawbreaker eyewear for racing in all conditions.
Selle Italia is providing its SP01 Boost and SLR Superflow saddles. SRAM’s Omnium drivetrain is used, and Deda Elementi supports the team with its Superleggera finishing kit. Meanwhile, Slicy Products (custom mudguards), Till Start (rollers and pre-race support), E-Z UP (team shelter) and BLS Global (bike tools) are also partners of the LOOK Criterium Team for 2019.
Ahead of the start of the team’s first race of the season at Rad Race Berlin, Team Manager François Février, said, “Team LOOK Crit started racing in 2016, and has always had the same desire and motivation to be surrounded by the best. In 2019, the team has undergone some changes – a perfectly normal evolution for an amateur team like ours.
“This season, having the most fun on the bike is obviously the main goal, but performance is also a key objective – starting with our first race at Rad Race Berlin. LOOK have been with us since the beginning and it is an honour and an incredible opportunity to have them with us heading into the new season.”
The team’s roster boasts three new riders for 2019, with Tim Caresa, Margaux Vigie and Achille Métro joining.
- Team Manager François Février is 34 years old, and by day is a Technical Manager, based at Hôtel d’Angleterre, Geneva.
- Tim Ceresa is 31 years old and is the new captain of Team LOOK Crit for 2019. He has been a high-level skier and is a ski instructor by trade.
- Margaux Vigie is a 23 year old studying physiotherapy while currently living in Barcelona. As a result, she is more used to being called ‘Margarita’. She has a background as an in-line roller skater, and originally started cycling to supplement her fitness.
- Achille Métro is 23 years old and hails from Toulouse. He is currently working in a bike shop after studying mechanical engineering and aeronautics at university.
Team LOOK Crit will compete in the NL Crit series in the Netherlands, London’s ThunderCrit and Nocturne, as well as the Fixed Nations Cup in Dijon, France as well as a host of selected other races.