The 2017 road cycling season is getting into full swing and will hit its first peak with the monumental spring classics just around the corner. With the classics on the horizon, accessories specialist CeramicSpeed notes that the five World Tour teams to keep an eye on are AG2R La Mondiale, BORA-hansgrohe, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Quick-Step Floors Pro Cycling Team and Cannondale-Drapac. All are sponsored by Denmark’s CeramicSpeed and utilise a range of the company’s products.
Over the past few weeks, the CeramicSpeed setups have already been put to action during Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico stage races, where the company’s Oversized Pulley Wheel System and UFO Racing Chains ‘added a decisive advantage to the success of the five World Tour teams’. Each of the teams will continue to ride on a selection of CeramicSpeed products, according to equipment compatibility and race profile.
Reigning World Champion and last year’s Tour of Flanders winner, Peter Sagan said “In the previous two seasons I had the opportunity to ride my Specialized bikes equipped with the top-of-the-line technology from CeramicSpeed and I’m delighted to see that they are now part of the select group of BORA-hansgrohe partners.
“Famous for their innovations that assure the highest level of performance, CeramicSpeed are also great people that work closely with the teams and riders. I am sure their bearings and bottom brackets will provide the extra edge we need to reach our goals this season.”
Sharing a passion for performance, CeramicSpeed also values a healthy collaboration with both riders and team mechanics. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider, Nathan Haas added that “CeramicSpeed is an awesome partner to work with as their products simply make riding bikes smoother. I especially like the OSPW System, it’s the future!”
Alongside the strong World Tour line-up, CeramicSpeed also supports the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team, which is set to leave its mark in women’s cycling in the 2017 season. CeramicSpeed also supports off-road Specialized Gravity and Specialized riders. The Danish National Federation’s riders, both on the road and track will continue to benefit from the CeramicSpeed low friction, as will a ‘fine selection of world-class triathletes’. CeramicSpeed products are the choice leading triathletes including Andy Potts, Lionel Sanders, Tim Don and Helle Frederiksen.
CeramicSpeed is a Danish producer of ceramic bearings and bicycle components, founded in 2004. All bearing products are handmade at the company’s HQ, with all racing chains also receiving their final optimization in Denmark. Founder and current CEO, Jacob Csizmadia, was the first person to introduce ceramic bearings to the professional cycling world. CeramicSpeed argues that it remains the world’s most successful ceramic bearings manufacturer in cycling, with victories in all Grand Tours, World Championships, and many other top-level events. Notable wins include the last two editions of the Giro d’Italia, won by Alberto Contador (Team Tinkoff) in 2015 and Vincenzo Nibali in 2016 (Astana Pro Team). Alongside numerous stage victories, CeramicSpeed sponsored teams also won two jersey classifications at last season’s Tour de France.
Additionally, many of the world’s leading manufacturers of bicycles and bicycle components use CeramicSpeed products as OEM parts. Products are distributed worldwide to over 40 countries. CeramicSpeed also produces ceramic bearings for industrial use.