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The pro women’s field waited for call-ups shortly before the start of Reno Cross in Reno, Nevada. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Canadian Maghalie Rochette took home top honors. Before the race, she fielded questions from reporters. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Katerina Nash took second after a crash that saw her break her handlebar. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com SDG-Muscle Monster’s Amanda Nauman warmed up pre-race. It wasn’t her night: Nauman finished 19th. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com A bit of custom branding on Nauman’s bike. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com While Squid Bikes certainly had the most eye-popping bikes on scene, this mechanic from Ten Speed Hero takes the cake for flashiest outfit. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Team Squid Bikes takes top honors for the flashiest paint jobs. Here’s Sami Runnels’ eye-catcher shortly before the start of the race. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Splatter paint jobs aren’t just for the 1980s anymore. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Another loud and proud paint job from Squid Bikes. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Thule lifted the curtain back on its newest rack, which secures your bike without touching the frame. Two arms extend outward, one to secure the rear wheel and another to secure the front. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com The tray-style rack is just a prototype at this point, but Thule is hoping to release a finished version in early to mid 2019. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com It will be possible to fit bikes with tires up to 29 inches by three inches wide. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Like other racks in the Thule lineup, the Helium features easy-to-use handles with large buttons to release the arms. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Kiddimoto showed off its full carbon strider-style kick bike. Yep, full-carbon for your toddler. It started as a joke, then people started ordering these pricey kickers. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Even the handlebar and stem are full-carbon. The only part of the bike that wasn’t carbon was the wheels. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Carbon handlebar tape is cooler than anything you’ll find on a grown-up’s bike. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com The UK-based brand is new to America. It started as an homage to motor sports with kick bikes like this one, which is signed by Evel Knievel. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com Defeet founder Shane Cooper (left) and legendary fashion designer Alexander Julian posed with a base layer sublimation-printed with the argyle design Julian created in 1978 that was the first argyle to have so many colors in it. Obviously, you could wear this without a jersey over it! Julian says, “I was inspired by Monet and have been paying homage to the complexity of colors in nature my entire career.” The vest and shirt he is wearing are digitally-printed microfiber—the vest in tweed, and the shirt with all 17 different Scottish District Check designs. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com In addition to base layers, DeFeet is also sublimation-printing its socks with designs by Alexander Julian, this one with his same 1978 argyle pattern. “I’m the Johnny Appleseed of fashion, leaving my seeds everywhere,” says Julian. “I have designed in 110 different product categories. My dad owned the first bike shop in Chapel Hill, and I [started in this industry by designing] cycling jerseys that look and fit like sports shirts.” Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com The soft, polyamide material cover in Elastic Interface’s top-end chamois pads is made of recycled, pre-consumer, virgin material that would otherwise have been disposed of. These pads are never sublimation-printed, as that requires polyester, which is not as soft; Elastic Interface (EF) says that polyamide is so soft that there is no need for chamois cream. But how do you know what pad is in your shorts? Look for the hang tag or for the logo tag stitched into a seam. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com The fabrics in Elastic Interface chamois pad fabrics is currently made of almost 100% recycled material, and by next year, all Elastic Interface fabrics will be recycled material. Three of its seven chamois types have polyester covers, and those are made of post-consumer recycled material. A care tip from Elastic Interface founder Stefano Coccia that applies to all synthetic chamois pads—never use fabric softener when washing them, as it destroys the pad. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com Elastic Interface is not only a leader in high-end chamois pads but also in sustainable manufacturing. EF’s manufacturing results in zero waste of foam; instead of carving its pads out of foam block, resulting in lots of waste, it starts with foam sheet of the end thickness, and the small amount of foam trimmed away when cutting out the pads is recycled into building insulation used in construction in Italy. EF is the first chamois manufacturer to be ISO 14001 for environmental sustainability and uses 100% renewable energy to run its plant. It is also ISO certified for quality control. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
TMF’s new, Italian-made, environmentally-friendly chamois pads are made of 100% post-consumer recycled polyester top and bottom, while the foam padding inside is made of 70% recycled material. The pads are new and have yet to be adopted by clothing manufacturers; TMF is hoping to see inclusion of them in 2020 and 2021 clothing lines. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com