A Year for the Record Books: 2017 Recap

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Wow, what a year! We saw amazing races all over the world where our athletes took the tape, overcame obstacles, and extraordinary athletes racked up extraordinary records.

 

Most Worn Helmet in Kona, 7 Year Record

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Rudy Project stayed on top this year as the #1 Most Worn Helmet in Kona again, proving that when the world’s best athletes come together, they’re choosing the best. The official count from LAVA Magazine had Rudy Project helmets numbered at 480, with the nearest competitor at 406, but our unofficial race day count had Rudy Project at a whopping 600, with the nearest competitor at 400. For more, read the full story.

Award-Winning Road, Aero, and MTB Helmets

 

Rudy Project’s New Logo Signals Renewed Investment in Technology and Product Development

The evolution of the Rudy Project logo.

The evolution of the Rudy Project logo.

This year we unveiled a new unified corporate logo that debuted on the helmets of Team Bahrain-Merida in the Giro d’Italia. The new redesign is reminiscent of the original 1985 logo, a rounded, hot pink mark accompanied by simple and bold sans serif text, and pays homage to the brand’s long history while looking forward to a bright and modern future. Read more…

Elevate Your Performance

 

USA Triathlon Member Survey Ranks Rudy Project #1

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A USA Triathlon member survey showed Rudy Project helmets as the number one top-rated helmet in terms of quality by athletes who actively race and train in the product. More than 90% of survey takers wearing, training and racing in Rudy Project helmets rated them a 4 or 5 (Very Good, Excellent). Rudy Project sunglasses came in a close second with 83% of respondents who wear Rudy Project rating their sunglasses a 4 or above – more than half of which rated the product at a 5. Read the full story.

 

Sintryx: Revolutionary Quick Change Lens Technology

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The latest addition to the 2018 eyewear lineup, the Sintryx, features an innovative wraparound sunglass with a unique lens release system. A single push on the spring-loaded central logo releases the lower part of the frame, allowing the lenses to be removed and swapped out without the usual pressure on lenses and frame. Get all the specs.

 

Wind Tunnel Test Names Rudy Project’s Boost 01 Helmet As THE Top Aerodynamic Choice

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A recent comprehensive wind tunnel test of a number of leading road aero helmets by Procycling Magazine found that Rudy Project’s Boost 01 road aero helmet tested as the best overall helmet for aerodynamic results. The Italian brand’s popular road aero helmet that has taken the cycling and triathlon worlds by storm bested the competition, needing only 382.2 watts from the tester to reach 45 km/h (27.9 mph), outstripping major competitor’s helmets like the Scott Cadence Plus and the S-Works Evade. Read more…

 

Rudy Project Eyewear Expanding Across America into Select Trek Bicycle Dealer Locations

Trek-Segafredo works together during the 2017 Tour de France. Photo: @Bettiniphoto

Trek-Segafredo works together during the 2017 Tour de France. Photo: @Bettiniphoto

The agreement grew naturally out of Rudy Project’s sponsorship of the Trek-Segafredo professional cycling team as the Official Eyewear and Prescription Solution partner, with 22 stores slated to sell exclusive Tralyx and Spinhawk designs inspired by the iconic #ShowYourStripes team. Read more…

 

Wing57 Ranks as the Top Choice of TT Cyclists

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One of the top ranked TT specialists in the country, Lauren Stephens of Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank and the national Team Time Trial champions, Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, podiumed across the country after racing in the Wing57 time trial helmet. Read more…

 

Safe Eclipse Viewing

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If you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality, you experienced the eerie feeling of dusk in the middle of the day. Although the next one won’t be until April 8, 2024, read up to learn the ins and outs of solar eclipse eyewear. Read the full story.

Not for eclipse viewing, but they are out of this world.

 

Synform Wins Best New Fitness Gear of 2017

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The team over at Men’s Health loved the foldable Synform, awarding it a coveted Best Performance Gear of 2017 award. Get one of these folding frames before they’re gone – quantities are limited.

 

The Best Photochromic Lenses for Golf: AGON

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Avid golfers with a writing problem, the editors at MyGolfSpy discovered the Agon Golf, with ImpactX Photochromic Golf lenses, and they couldn’t get enough of it. Read the full story here.

 

 

2017 athlete highlights

 

Pro Cyclists Take the World Tour Stage

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It was an epic Grand Tour season, whether you were watching Vincenzo Nibali chase down stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, or seeing flashes of pure cycling skill from the legendary Alberto Contador in the Tour de France. Catch our race recaps here: Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, La Vuelta Espana.

The Choice of Pros: Tralyx XL

 

Rudy Athletes Lead USA at the 2017 IRONMAN® World Championship, Sarah Crowley Takes the Podium

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Rudy Project athletes Heather Jackson and Andy Potts led the American contingent at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship this past Saturday October 14th, finishing 4th and 7th respectively, while Australian athlete Sarah Crowley put in an amazing performance with a podium finish that landed her in third. The IRONMAN Asia-Pacific champion finished with a time of 9:01:38, 2 minutes behind 2nd place, Lucy Charles, and less than 11 minutes behind three-time world champion Daniela Ryf. Read the full race recap.

Podium Worthy – Tralyx in Gold Velvet

 

Colorado Classic

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The inaugural Colorado Classic in Denver, CO (where our marketing headquarters are located) was studded with Rudy Project teams, including rider Jillian Bearden, the first transgender cyclist to compete in a major cycling race.  Faster racing and smaller teams with shorter stages favored a dynamic race. Jelly Belly Cycling p/b Maxxis made a strong showing with a stage win in Stage 3 for Sergei Tvetcov, who took second overall. Read the full report.

 

IronCowboy Attempts Kilimanjaro, 4 Extreme Triathlons

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James Lawrence, better known as the IronCowboy, had a banner year. In March, he attempted to climb and descend Mt Kilimanjaro on a mountain bike. He went on to compete in 4 extreme triathlons (Celtman, Swissman, Alaskman and Norseman), and ran 235 miles across Greece. We can’t wait to see what he does to top 2017!  Read more…

Anything but ordinary: James’ Favorite Fluo

 

ADAM KIMBLE on The Discovery Channel

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Photo Credit: CharlieKMedia.com

Fondly known as the Bearded Sole on social media, 2015 Gobi March Winner and ultramarathoner Adam Kimble made his television debut this year on the survival show The Wheel from The Discovery Channel. The show features 6 survivalists that are dropped into new, isolated locations that can shift with a single turn of the wheel, forcing them into completely new terrain unexpectedly. The show premiered on January 13th, and new episodes are every Friday at 10pm ET. If you missed it, you can watch Adam make friends with a sloth.

 

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Megan Wallin-Brockway (@meganwallin13) is a professional beach volleyball player living in Sarasota, FL who competes around the globe. She is an incredible advocate for the sport, and routinely hosts youth beach volleyball camps to get young people involved in the sport. Her goal each year is to give away 10 camp scholarships to kids so they can attend a summer beach volleyball camp. This year, she and her partner welcomed baby Onalee Mae Brockway to the family, who arrived December 7th and weighed in at 9lbs. 3oz. What is she looking forward to in 2018? “I am looking forward to lots of walks in the future! She’s going to crawl, walk, run, jump and play in the sand!” Congrats Megan!

 

The Flying Fletcher Brothers

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Bryan and Taylor Fletcher compete in nordic combined, a demanding sport where competitors fly further than a football field off of a ski jump, then race laps on nordic skis. This year they’re hoping to head to South Korea to compete on the world stage, and even though they’re competing with each other for a shot at going, the brotherly love is still there. See the brothers jumping in our brand-new Skermo goggle, and read more about their goals for the season. Read more…

 

Firefighter Cycles Around the World

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Cancer survivor and Vancouver firefighter Rudy Pospisil set a world record last year by cycling up the steepest street in the world in record time. This year, he finished his 29,000 km (yes, you read that right) journey around the world, where he partnered with local firefighters to raise funds for cancer charities. He crossed 18 countries, set two world records, and raised almost $50,000 for cancer research. He was hit by cars twice, robbed, and bitten by more things he cares to remember, but through it all, he felt he was fulfilling his destiny. What’s in store for 2018? “I’ve been contacted by a company that followed my adventures and been invited to join an expedition to climb Mount Everest in 2019. It would require one year of training, and 3 months to reach the summit. Of course I said …..YES.” Read more…

 

SAP Extreme Sailing Team Conquers Sailing Series

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After 10 months of competition across eight venues around the world, the Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing Team conquered the Extreme Sailing Series, one of the world’s most prestigious and toughest sailing competitions. Rudy Project supported the team, providing top of the line performance sunglasses and helmets for superior protection and comfort with all weather and sea conditions. The team took the series trophy home for the first time after six years; crowned champions after the electrifying final stage of races in Los Cabos, Mexico. The team showed great skills and bravery throughout all the competition and we’re looking forward to another amazing year! During the series, SAP Extreme Sailing Team crew wore Rudy Project’s Spinhawk, Airgrip and Sintryx sunglasses equipped with the all new Polar 3FX HDR lenses and a special edition of the Central helmet, exclusively designed for the sailors demands. Read more on Polar 3FX HDR.

 

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Badass is Beautiful

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2017 was a year marked by strong female voices, and we wanted to honor the most badass team of ladies we know – #TeamBetty. What does it take to be an official Betty Designs ambassador? “We seek women who live a very positive, active lifestyle in our core sports (swim, cycle, tri), and are very active in their local communities and social media,” says Kristin Mayer, who founded Betty Designs in 2010. New for 2018, the Betty Squad will be segmented into three groups: Elite Racing Team, International Bettys, and USA Bettys. If you missed this year’s cutoff, follow @bettydesigns on social media for when the next round of applications opens up in September. In the meantime, up your #kitgame and find them online at www.bettydesigns.com.

 

retro product

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As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018, we dug deep into the archives and found this masterpiece – the 1989 sunglass model the Extreme. These hot pink beauties represented the pinnacle of performance eyewear in the late 80’s, and featured curved temple arms and a padded nosepiece for an ergonomic fit. While you can’t get these anywhere, Rudy Project maintains a strong neon tradition, and we encourage you to check out the next best thing – Tralyx in Rubin.

Rudy-Social-AUGUST

 

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At the end of every season I sit down and write out what went well and what didn’t go so well, and then @purplepatchfitness and I meet for an open conversation. It is one of the things I value most in my relationship with Matt – the ability to communicate and collaborate. Was excited to sit down today and create a vision for 2018 as well as agree on a race schedule, which I’ll be sharing soon. It will be a great mix of some oldies but goodies, some new races, some exciting training blocks/camps…..and a wedding too . : @must.always.look.up . . . #littleredracing #2018 #cantwait #newgoals #samedreams #lovewhatyoudo #triathlon #rudyprojectna

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7 races. 3 countries. 9 days. LET’S GO! #tourdeski : @jessevaananen

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SO. LITTLE. OXYGEN. For an inside perspective on the inaugural Queen Stage Race, head over to @cyclingtips to read the @jenluebke ‘s recap. (Direct link in my bio) #ripgravel #gravellesstraveled #gravelgrinding

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Scroll through the photos to see who made the @lahti2017 sprint heats. And remember to tune in to the heats and finals LIVE on nbcsports.com/live at 10:30am MT! #lahti2017 #OneTeam

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Two happy little nuggets after a hard and fast 30km!! So stoked for @chelsmarieholmes and happy to be headed to the awards one last time tonight! : Getty Images

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#Giro100 “It was a spectacular stage for the fans” @vincenzonibali ST16 Report here Teambahrainmerida.com Credits @bettiniphoto

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So stoked to win the @ironmanasiapac #imcairns championship in sub 9. I’ve been coming here for years and just love it. Wrapped for @camwatt_trisutto and @josh_amberger for making it the double. Big thanks to all the people that have contributed – cheers @koruptvision and @austrimag for the click. . . #rudyproject #imcairns #trilife #triatlon #ironman #ironmantraining #scody #cepcompression #irideenve #envecomposites #cervelo #deloitte #triathlontraining #swimbikerun #trigirl #endurasportsnutrition

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At the top of Palani and heading out on the Queen K…Where the race really starts. 📷 @photosbyaaronp #MondayMotivation #hokaoneone #timetofly #womenwhofly #fueledbyherbalife24 #running #triathlon

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Words to live by from Heather Jackson:

“Set some goals for yourself in 2018. Challenge yourself. Take a big jump that you’ve never taken before. And don’t feel guilty brainstorming and planning all of that out over a beverage and dessert of choice. Give yourself right now and you will be ready and wanting to be focused, diligent, and all-in next week when it’s time to go after those goals. At least that’s what I’m doing! Have a wonderful final few days of 2017!”

 

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See ya, 2017!

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