Compressport Support Boot Out Breast Cancer Cycling Team

Boot Out Breast Cancer Cycling TeamCompressport have announced a partnership with Pearl Izumi Boot Out Breast Cancer Cycling Team. The team includes multiple Paralympics gold medal winner Dame Sarah Storey and eight other female riders who are already national and European champions on the track, road and time trial, and will be led and managed by Barney Storey MBE. The team will race at many of the major UK and European races including the National Road, Time Trial and Track Championships, National Road Series, Tour Series, Ride London and the Milk Race all with an aim of getting most of the riders into teams at this year’s Commonwealth Games. The team will wear a variety of Compressport products to train and recover in and which will soon be available at with a percentage of profits going back to the team and charity.


Compressport’s Tim Williams said ‘We are excited to be part of the team and help raise the awareness and money for Boot Out Breast Cancer. Having worked with Sarah and Barney on the team designs, we believe we will enable the team to have the best compression on the market whilst getting the team message out loud and clear.’ Dame Sarah Storey adds: ‘I have worked with Compressport for the last two years and love their products. They are the number one compression company in the UK and I am very happy to have them as a partner of the team.’


For more information on the Boot Out Breast Cancer Cycling Team see



Compressport Sign with Katusha

Compressport Sign with KatushaCompression brand Compressport have announced a new partnership with UCI Pro Tour Team Katusha; the Russian-based squad will now wear a limited-edition range of products, which have been manufactured in the team’s official colours. During racing (including at the current Giro d’Italia) Katusha will wear Compressport’s new Bike Pro Racing Socks, whilst off-event the team will wear both the Pro Racing Armsleeves and Leg Sleeves for training and recovery and the company’s Full Socks for travelling. Viatcheslav Ekimov, Katusha Team’s General Manager, commented: ‘Katusha is very proud to work Compressport… The whole Katusha Team is looking forward to collaborating with Compressport to develop the most advanced cycling racing socks and compression products.’


Tim Williams, the UK distributer of Compressport added, ‘We are delighted to be able to announce this partnership. It demonstrates that our products help cyclists to perform better, whether this is our Bike Pro Racing socks that have been developed specifically for cyclists or our full socks that are used by athletes from all sports to help them recover more effectively between races. We are already working with one of the world’s leading MTB riders, Sally Bigham, and this demonstrates our further commitment to cycling.’


Read our review of the Compressport B.Sock ProRacing Sock here and the F-Like Full Legs here.



RideIt! at the Triathlon Show 2013

Triathlon Show 2013Evans Cycles will be offering visitors to the Triathlon Show 2013 – which takes place at Sandown Park this Friday to Sunday (March 1-3) – the chance to get a leg-testing ride in before they head to the trade stands. £17 buys entry to the show as well as a fully marked and supported ride around the North Downs with routes, for the Saturday and Sunday only, of 30, 50 and 70miles on offer. Those looking for a shorter two-wheeled blast can take the 15mile option for just £10 (including show entry) and children ride free across all routes on the condition they are accompanied by a full paying adult.


The RideIt! series is managed by Evans Cycles in-house, and event organiser Dean Stacey plans all of the routes himself; he says: ‘We run these events because we’re passionate about getting people out on their bikes, and riding. RideIt! events make a day out on the bike totally hassle free – you’re route is planned, feedstations make sure you’ve got all the nutrition you need, and you automatically get yourself a full field of ride buddies! We make a day spent on the bike easy, and we do it for the best price available in the UK…’


Pre entry closes tonight (Wednesday, February 27), but if places remain they will be available on the day at an additional £3 – for details and entry see


Exhibitors across the three days include Cycle-Works, CompresSport (see our review of their B.Sock ProRacing Sock here), Cervélo, Bikebox, Carbon Bike Solutions, Lezyne (Femto Drive LED review here) and many more, whilst The Surrey Human Performance Institute will be offering discounted VO2max tests and Precision Hydration sweat testing – you can read our interview with Precision Hydration’s Andy Blow here.


For full details of the Triathlon Show 2013, visit


Apparel Recovery Reviews

CompresSport F-Like Full Legs

CompresSportCompression kit seems to be everywhere these days. At it’s most basic compression wear is simply close, actually very close, fitting socks, shorts, leggings or tops with a high lycra (or similar elasticated material) content for which manufacturers make some quite extraordinary claims. It has long been recognised that in the case of socks/stockings such gear can help post-operatively and it was this discovery that has lead to the evolution of these sometimes disturbing looking items of apparel into performance enhancing must-haves. With this in mind we took a look at the CompresSport F-Like Full Legs…


Whilst claims that compression leggings aid venus return (the return flow of blood back to the heart) are probably true – whether or not this is a true benefit is still open to debate. If lactic acid (simply a by-product of breathing during cardiovascular exercise) is viewed as in some way “bad”, as it still is by some experts, then increased venus return is certainly beneficial because, the argument goes, lactic acid causes muscle fatigue and possibly cramping. However Cyclo understands that there is a growing school of thought that lactic acid is, if anything, benign – which certainly undermines some of the claims made by compression wear suppliers. Regardless, there are still ample benefits to sporting leggings during a long ride. Muscle oscillation is reduced which can stretch the amount of time to fatigue and even more helpfully they help to keep the muscles warm and therefore performing at their maximum for longer.


CompresSport are one of the newer kids on the block and their excellent “F-Like Full Legs”, which look rather like hold-up stockings, measure up well – so well in fact that the likes of Ironman (woman?) extraordinaire  Chrissie Wellington sports them. Admittedly Cyclo found these a touch – shall we say – feminine? They have a rather odd semi-Goth squiggle just at the part of the thigh that you would least like someone to stare at, but, and this is probably more important, they are incredibly comfortable and felt supportive of the muscle through the whole length of the leg. Useful too for post-ride recovery which is an area in which compression kit has clear and well recorded benefits. Not cheap at £70.00 a pair, but if they are going to help you ride harder and recover faster they could be worth every penny.


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