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Eurobike Award 2017 - The Most Comfortable Cycling Shoes

Published on August 2017
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Team Garneau

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When it comes to cycling comfort, there are a few key touchpoints across the rider-equipment-bike system that really make the difference. The butt, the hands, and the feet are the key contact areas where a cyclist's comfort must be prioritized. A great chamois is a must for newbies and accomplished riders. Comfortable, well-ventilated gloves help reduce vibration and provide grip. And, cycling shoes that are neither too big nor too small, that support your feet and that don't cause hot-spots complete the trifecta. On this front, we've got something exciting to share.

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Garneau wins 2017 Eurobike Award for its new cycling shoe technology. This proprietary, patent-pending technology called the X-Comfort Zone, will be available on five shoe models for the 2018 season. This marks the second consecutive Eurobike Award for Garneau.

The X-Comfort Zone allows the shoe to stretch to accommodate B-D+ foot widths.  A ventilated elastomer-spandex insert is bonded to the outside of the shoe and can expand up to 5 mm. Achieving a dynamic, non-constricting fit allows the foot’s natural toe splay, improving power, reducing injuries and providing never-before-seen comfort.

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Garneau adheres to the belief that comfort leads to great performance. With our patented chamois technologies, ErgoAir gloves and shoes, and now with our X-Comfort Zone we want riders to feel great in order to ride at their best.

IT'S ABOUT COMFORT

This technology allows cyclists to be more comfortable, less focused on pain or annoyance and ready to enjoy a better experience, which is the foundation of development at Garneau. Comfort (or discomfort) is going to be a key determinant of performance and enjoyment, regardless of the level of riding. Anything that detracts from feeling good on the bike is a problem. 

Comfort, after 15 hours on the bike, takes on a whole new dimension. Having a bike shoe that adapts to your foot’s morphology, reconciling both performance and comfort, eliminates the pressure points on the outside of the foot. - GEOFFROY D, GARNEAU TEST-RIDER.

PATENTED TECHNOLOGY

For road cyclists, the technology is available on the top-level, carbon-soled Course Air Lite II, a lightweight shoe already known for its reduced stack height, ventilated Ergo Air® sole, and increased arch support. It also features a new lacing system, the Boa® TX.Garneau Xcomfort-zone road bike shoe winner of an Eurobike 2017 AwardThe Boa® TX lacing system, unlike other Boa®-equipped shoes, routes its cables internally, thereby reducing pressure points. Its hidden profile is more aerodynamic and is protected from dust and dirt for a clean performance. The X-Comfort Zone self-adjusting width technology can also be found on the men’s Platinum II and women’s Ruby II road cycling shoes, offering improved comfort and performance at a more affordable price point.

We are constantly innovating and our shoes have been huge game changers over the years. In 2009, we invented the patented ErgoAir® ventilated soles to reduce heat build-up. In 2016, we invented the Power Zone, an increased arch support system, to achieve better energy transfer. For the 2018 season, we are launching the X-Comfort Zone, a technology that increases each rider’s comfort by adapting to the individual foot anatomy." _ LOUIS GARNEAU, FOUNDER AND CEO.

For mountain bikers, the X-Comfort technology is available on the Granite II model for both men and women. The Granite II‘s upper is thermo-bonded and seamless so that it offers minimal pressure points for the rider. Its single-dial Boa® closure system provides a fit that is quick to adjust and extremely lightweight. 

Garneau Xcomfort-zone mountain bike shoe winner of an Eurobike 2017 Award

Garneau Xcomfort-zone cycling shoes winner of an Eurobike 2017 Award

The new X-Comfort models will be available through Garneau's network of dealers and online late fall 2017. #liveyourdream

Check out Garneau's line of road cycling shoes, mtb shoes, triathlon shoes, and indoor cycling shoes here.
RIDE IN STYLE

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Pete's Place, home of Choc Brewery, Krebs, OK - mile 252, 21.7 mph averageBeerMuda Choc Beer

8:08 pm - Biff: Some of the best spaghetti I have ever had.
8:08 pm - Jason: Remove shoes, eat spaghetti, prepare mentally for slog home.
8:08 pm - Laurent: Choc here we are! Shoes off! Sit down for a beer and a good meal... I feel ready again.
8:08 pm - Andy: Second leg completed, feeling surprisingly good, nice pasta waiting on us, eat way too much, drink a beer. Ibuprofen, knee warmers, jacket, 5-hour energy, front and rear lights, clear lenses on glasses. Katy joins us to help get us home. Back on road.
8:10 pm - Paul: Rolling into Krebs, feeling way better than last year. I'm getting food and drink every thirty minutes. We've lost a few more, only 6 left with 3 more along to help with work. Avg is good 21.8 with 150 miles to go and the same amount of climbing as the first 250. 
Mile 252 - Chad: The goal was arrive between 8-9 pm... We did it! Pete's Place really rolled out the red carpet this year! Only 150 miles to go! Headphones in, computer screen dark... NO DATA.
Mile 253 - Chad: I didn't really eat THAT much but feel bloated.

Mile 255 - Andy: Climbing begins immediately. Last 150 miles will have almost 7,000 ft of climbing. Doesn’t sound like much unless you’ve just ridden 250 miles. 
Mile 260 - Chad: Maybe that salad wasn't such a good idea. Bad acid reflux & heartburn.
10:00 pm - Laurent: Well, that feeling did not last! Able to keep up on the flat, but pedaling backward on the uphills.
10:05 pm - Laurent: I'm no help! I'm only slowing everyone down. Why am I here again?
10:06 pm - Laurent: Fuck that gravel hill! Lights off! Get in the car!
Mile 260 - Andy: My stomach starts disagreeing with me.
10:30 pm - Jason: Great. Who designed this freakin’ route?!?! Gravel roads, gravel climbs reaching 15%, downhills on gravel in the dark. This is not sane.
12:00 am - Biff: People are dropping like flies, getting in the car, packing it in. Brutal.
12:00 am - Jason: I’m still on my bike. Only 5 or 6 or 7 more hours to go…
Mile 275 - Chad: I know I should be eating & drinking but my throat hurts too bad & stomach is still too full.

Mile 290 - Andy: Surprise sections of gravel zapping energy and motivation.
12:15 am - Jason: I’ll just start taking long hard pulls to try and get this over with.
Mile 300 - Chad: Waddell only mentioned there would be one additional stretch of gravel.
Mile 310 - Chad: Who designed this route, and why are we doing a 400 mile ride with at least 10% gravel?
Mile 310 - Paul: Mentally doing great. We stop for a break, fill up bottles, get food, Jason and I take a selfie. Roughly 90 miles out. More gravel on three different occasions and the hills are steep.
Mile 315 - Chad: I should have made a better playlist. 
Mile 317 - Chad: Sturgill Simpson is great, but maybe not 15 hours into a ride.
Mile 320 - Chad: Is Paul cracking? Nope, he's psyched again.
Mile 330 - Chad: What the heck is Waddell doing? 
Mile 331 - Chad: I'm rolling the dice, this is Waddell's Wheeler Crit big pull before he peels off & grabs a beer & heckles the rest of us.
1:43 am - Jason: I don’t want to ride my bike anymore. Get in the van. 339 miles, 16.25 hours is enough. 
Mile 339 - Chad: Yep, there went Waddell. Why the heck are we on gravel AGAIN!
2:00 am - Paul: Mentally good, physically not as good. Hills are hurting me. Figure 3 to 4 more hours and the pace to do it in. We continue as a group of three, at this point the avg is still 20.7. Trying to find the humor. 
Mile 340 - Chad: Don't look at your computer, stop thinking & just pedal.
Mile 340, Maud, OK - Andy: Pit stop. All my stomach can handle is an avocado. 60 miles left. Paul, Katy and me decide we’ll stop one more time with 30 miles left for refuel.
Mile 342 - Chad: Why are we stopping? Andy wants to strategize...60 miles left, brain says three hours, Andy says four hours...GAME OVER. I don't want to ride my bike for four more hours.

BeerMuda TiredBeerMuda Lady

Mile 360 - Andy: Katy has taken a monster pull and I tell her to go back to van to recover. Paul and I press on. I’m wrecked in the saddle, still good legs when standing up out of the saddle. Entire body aches.
3:00 am - Biff: Directions are hard to follow in the dark (making a wrong turn will piss a lot of people off)… Can’t tell where the riders are behind us… Make us nervous I think we were the only car that had two people awake.
Mile 370 - Andy: Paul and I want to stop, follow car is nowhere to be found and we press on. Paul is a basket case of bipolarism, one minute screaming about how awesome the ride is and the next in the deepest of black holes.
4:00 am - Paul: 30 miles to go now there is 2 of us, me and Andy. We both finished last year, and I know at this point we will both finish no matter how long it takes. 

BeerMuda Last Men Standing

Mile 375 - Andy: Follow car catches us. We stop. Peanut butter sandwich and water (stomach has only been able to handle water for the last 60 miles).

Mile 383, Draper Lake - Andy: We have just completed the hilliest section of the entire day, 13 miles on SE 149th Street.
Mile 387 - Paul: He's killing me up the hills, I'm pushing well over 300 watts. I tell him ease up. I try to help pull for a while. Not hard just steady. Then comes another dreaded road of hills 104th. I'm pissed, but we're so close. 

Mile 390 - Andy: Starting to sniff the end, and what little energy is left in my flailing body is on point.

Mile 400, Oklahoma City, OK - Andy: Rolling into downtown. Paul and I fist bump for a job well done, and almost crash.

Back To Anthem Brewing, Oklahoma City, OK

Mile 403 - Andy: Horns honking. Paul and I roll into the parking lot literally on fumes. Beers and celebration. We look and feel like death. 
5:30 am - Paul: Stoked. Ready to finish, but I'm taking it all in. We finish. Andy has his beer, we get our #okbeermuda finisher shirts. Grab my stuff, go home, eat pancakes. Gratitude for what I've accomplished and knowing if it wasn't for the support throughout the day, none of it would have been possible.
6:00 am - Biff: Done and Dusted! 

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