It’s that time of year again – new kits! New sites!
I’m inspired by two things – firstly, the brand-new Boels-Dolmans website and kit. Last year they were Dolmans-Boels, but Boels Rental has stepped up their support, putting more money, and a nice long commitment into the team, and also taking on a multi-year sponsorship of the Holland Ladies Tour. Hooray for Boels! Next time I need to hire some major earth-moving equipment, I’m DEFINITELY going through them!
It’s going to be an exciting year for Boels-Dolmans, because not only is Classics star Martine Bras staying on for another year, they’ve also added some serious sprint-power to the team, in the form of Dutch star Adrie Visser and British Olympic road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead. 2012 saw Armitstead drop her track racing for her first full cobbled season, and I can’t wait to see how she does this year. It’ll be a lot of fun if Bras, Visser and Armitstead can combine for some of the beautiful Armitstead-Wild, Armitstead-Pooley or Visser-Teutenberg tactics we’ve become used to, with one attacking up the road, while the other grins and sits on the chase, waiting to attack herself. And I’m tipping Romy Kasper and Nina Kessler for possible break-out years, and hoping Jessie Daams and Emma Trott have a great season after their problems in 2012. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching them. Anyway, here’s Armitstead in their new kit (photo taken from the team website) – and click through to the team page to find out more about all their riders.
I was also excited to see the Specialized-lululemon team page has been updated with 2013 team photos. Ant1 says that new Canadian signing Gillian Carleton wins the prize for best hair, and I have to agree. Ant1 and I both are hoping that we’ll see her hair change colours for different races – and the Speclulu optical-illusion kit stripes shaved into the back of her head – cross fingers it happens, and click through to check out the current, pink incarnation! If you’d like to learn more about the 2013 team, I really recommend you read Ellen van Dijk’s blog about the teamcamp, because I have never read a “this is my team” post I’ve laughed at and enjoyed so much. If you decide to google Evie Stevens’ favourite Dutch word, just beware – it’s not exactly safe for work!
If you see any more fun new team kit, or websites etc, put them in the comments – and if you want more to read, I interviewed Amber Pierce for a #ClickThruThurs update and more, on Podium Café.