Did you read the Oakley Cycling Tour – Munich?
Despite my debatable (non-existent) German skills I was invited back to join the squad at the final stage of the Tour de France 2018 in Paris. That’s right: joining Oakley on the Champs-Elysées! A dream come true for me.
The whole weekend matches the craziness of the Tour. We start . If you’ve ever been to Paris you know how mental the traffic is. @Snobici, @XskyllX and myself spend two hours slaloming in and out of cars and lampposts during rush how. I have no idea how we don’t end up flattened. It’s crazy and fun, I’m just glad I’m one of those ambassadors who knows how to ride a bike…
Sunglasses – OAKLEY FROGSKINS LITE, Matte clear!
Look first ! I am in Paris – capital of the fashion – wearing a pair of light frogskin, you know the ones with a retro look ? Just lighter – weight weenies I am – thanks to a half frame around the field. Simple, in the range for years, just updated to fit the ’18 parisian summer at the fullest.
Totally different setting for the Sunday ride: the Champs-Elysées are barricaded and empty for our group ride. We’re wearing yellow to pretend we’re pro… It’s hard to soft-pedal when you’re on the TdF cobbles and I just can’t help myself. 35, 40… I’ve shaken my cycling buddies but I’m taking a serious shaking from the cobbles instead. 45, 50km/h… Hey the cobbles feel much better at this speed! Shame I can’t keep it up for as long as the real guys!
And they’ve added a couple of features you’ll only find on designs by people who actually ride (important to mention as not all premium brands boast the same knowledge and experience): a string supporting the boa system instead of the usual painful plastic option, and an integrated dock (yep Oakley does sunglasses first) keeps your fav’ shades in place while riding up the hill like a pro.
The bibshort fit is athletic, the shammy doesn’t move and my backside stays comfortable on rides longer than two hours. The jersey could be a little more fitted and would have benefitted from some extra panels and fabrics here and there but hey, I’m being picky : I’m not shaped like most people! So the kit does the job and in this yellow edition : mmmmh I feel like a pro!
We pack our bikes and watch the pros do their stuff from the comfort of the finish area tent, sipping champagne and planning the next trip. Cheers guys!
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