Edge eVent Jacket Put To The Test

Hincapie Sportswear's Chief Product Tester revels in finding extreme conditions for our apparel. While few of us will endure what George demanded of clothing at Northern Europe's Spring Classics, we mortals still want top performing cycling apparel when conditions take a turn for the worse.

Chief Product Tester George Hincapie at work

Last weekend's Gold Country Fondo was such as circumstance. Dry and mild at the start, it soon began to rain and the temperature dropped, making for a long day in the saddle. Hincapie Ambassador Kevin Metcalfe was on hand and had the opportunity to put our Edge eVent Jacket to his own test. Here's what he had to say:

I've had a number of different cycling rain jackets over the course of my 30 years of cycling. Everything from nylon wind shells to clear plastic rain capes to several different versions of the breathable rain proof jacket. The most recent of them is my new Hincapie Edge eVent Jacket.

Two of our best rain garments: Elemental on left, Edge on right

Plastic rain capes were good at keeping the rain off, at least until they broke and cracked from age. Of course since they didn't breathe at all, you got almost as wet on the inside from the build-up of your sweat. GoreTex jackets were a big improvement being breathable, durable and waterproof. But they still eventually leaked water. My new Hincapie jacket has performed amazingly well. Here in California we've had a pretty mild winter and I've only needed to use it twice. The second time was last Saturday at the Gold Country Gran Fondo where the last four hours of our ride was in the rain, riding in a pace line getting sprayed by the riders in front of me and even the occasional splash from a passing car driving through a puddle.

Kevin Metcalfe and George Hincapie give the Edge eVent a thorough rain test

When I got back to my car at the end of the Gran Fondo and took my Hincapie jacket off, the inside was DRY. After a quick shake all the water beaded up on the outside was gone and it was practically ready to pack away for next time. By the end I was one of the few guys who was still comfortably warm. Many of the other guys were in various stages of hypothermia.

This jacket is my new favorite piece of kit. I am quite happy to leave it in my closet and enjoy the nice California weather, but when it's nasty out this is the first piece of clothing that goes into my ride bag. I love this jacket.

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Custom Program Customer Feedback from Northern California's Folsom Bikes/VW/Raley's Cycling Team

We’re always looking for customer feedback to continue innovating and creating the highest quality cycling apparel. It’s especially gratifying to hear positive comments such as these from Northern California’s Folsom Bike/VW/Raley's Cycling Team, which just received an order of Velocity Max Jerseys and Velocity Bibshorts summer kits. Here’s some of the feedback from the team's first rides in them.

“Very comfortable. If we're given the option for next season, I’d definitely go with these. Love the bibs!”

“The bibs were just plain awesome. Meaning I never thought about them the whole ride, unless I wanted to think about them of course, and when I did I only thought about how comfortable they were. I rode nearly 3 hours…and they felt great in all situations. Best chamois I think I have worn.”

“Found it (Velocity Max Jersey) perfect for the hotter weather.”

“The new kits are great- cooler and more comfortable. Thank you for getting them.”

“I really like the new kits. The necks aren't suffocating, they are cooler and the new chamois is great.”

“Pretty much the ultimate!”

“Great fitting small bibs, the small jersey fits tight with no material flapping in the wind. The neck is way less restricting and very comfortable when zipped up. A lot cooler in the heat! My vote for next year's kits.”

Doors Open – Ringling Bicycle

Ringling Bicycles is a family owned shop in sunny Bradenton, Florida, offering an extensive array of bikes, gear and apparel.

Owners Dave and Julia Holt have more than 20 years of experience in bike racing and triathlons, making Ringling a lifestyle as much as a business!

Ringling also has a full fleet of rental bikes for visitors looking to take a spin.

If you’re in town, stop by the shop or jump in their Wednesday night group ride starting at 6PM.

Find Ringling Bicycles online at www.ringlingbicycles.com or in person:
Ringling Bicycles
3606 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, Florida 34205

Where is Your Paris-Roubaix?

On the eve of what’s arguably the most iconic classic of the year we set out to chronicle most epic Paris-Roubaix-style races around the country. These are where the hardest of the hard men come out to romp on parcours that crush dreams, smash fancy carbon rims and place dental work at risk. In other words, on a scale of 1 to 10, the 11s.

George in the 1994 edition of Paris-Roubaix

In no particular order, here’s what we found.

Boulder Roubaix
This weekend will be the 17th running of one of Colorado’s greatest races. The 69-mile course is a test of endurance with paved & gravel roads, more than half of it unpaved. For an extra challenge, Mother Nature can also throw inclement weather into the mix. Who loves mud???

Cone-Azalia Classic
This Michigan spring classic “separates the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and the hand-built race wheels from the factory training wheels.” A 75% attrition rate is common and the race has never ended in a bunch sprint, with solo moves typically yielding the winner. The 10.5-mile circuit features 4 miles of unpaved roads with loose gravel and stones… got 27s?

Copperopolis Road Race
Held the day before Paris-Roubaix, the 32nd annual Copperopolis Road Race takes place in the Northern California foothills, seemingly at the edge of civilization. The course is a mix of Flanders and P-R with a pair of 2-3km grippy climbs per lap, crosswind-buffeted false flats, sharp rollers, and no shortage of roads that look and feel like they were bombed out in WW2.

Tour of the Battenkill
Self-proclaimed as “America’s toughest one-day race” it’s also one of the largest, drawing 2,500+ riders to take on the best (or worst, depending on your POV) that the Battenkill Valley and village of Cambridge have to offer. While pavement is often in short supply thanks to multiple dirt road sections, scenery is not. This year the BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development team will be heading north to take on the toughest in the US.

Hilly Billy Roubaix
Since Hell of the South happened last weekend the Hilly Billy Roubaix seems like a fitting addition, especially with the promoter’s suggestion to bring CX bikes and it taking up to 6 hours for some to complete. We also can’t help but love the route description: “Road conditions may include missing bridges, car-sized potholes, gravel, mud, black top, cow paths, and maybe a piece of road kill or two.”

Let us know what you think about this lineup and if we left any out!

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