Archive of June, 2019

  • Cyclist Duo Using TechNiche Vests while competing in the Race Across America (RAAM)

    Cyclist Duo Using TechNiche Vests while competing in the Race Across America (RAAM)

    This year marks the 37th annual Race Across America event. The race starts today, on June 11th for single cyclists, and June 15th for team cyclists. The race starts in Oceanside California, stretches over 12 states for a total distance of over 3,000 miles, and ends in Annapolis Maryland. During RAAM, cyclists will climb approximately 175,000 feet, travel through three major mountain ranges, cross four of America’s largest rivers, and pass through iconic American Landmarks. RAAM is open to both amateur and professional racers. Cyclist can ride solo, or in teams of 2, 4 or 8. The race has over 20 countries represented and is known to be one of the most challenging races in the world. RAAM is not a stage race, which means, once the clock starts it does not stop until the finish line.

    TechNiche is proud to be a small part of the RAAM journey for the 2-person cyclist team “Eat Well”, consisting of two Frenchmen: Evens Stievenart and Jean-Luc Perez. TechNiche has provided the duo with vests and accessories to help them reach their goals of being the first French winners and beating the current 2-person team RAAM record of 6 Days and 10 hours. The duo plans to use the 4531 Hybrid Cooling Vest Powered by HyperKewlTM and CoolPaxTM for pre and post cooling, during the time their teammate is cycling. They also plan to use the 6201 KewlShirt Tank Top Powered by HyperKewlTM while they are cycling in high heat environments. (Parts of the ride pass through regions that are expected to be as high as 120oF).

    In order to compete in this race, the duo needs a strong crew to support them. This crew is composed of 13 members including: Chief Crew, Kinesiologist, nutritionist, strategist/data analyst, mechanic and and drivers (4 vans will be following the team, and 1 van for media staff).

    Evens Stievenart is a French race car driver and cyclist, some of his many accomplishments include: 2018 12 hours world Champion, holding the 2017 Le Mans World Record, double winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans, and many more. He and Jean-Luc Perez have been friends for 15 years, and have raced together many times, previously winning hundreds of races together; in fact, they were French national champions on a team of four.

    The duo will start the race in just a few days, on June 15th, and TechNiche is very excited to be cheering them on!

    Evens with bike and techniche vest

  • Cyclist Trials TechNiche Vests for their ride in Race Across America (RAAM)

    Cyclist Trials TechNiche Vests for their ride in Race Across America (RAAM)

    TechNiche is proud to be a small part of the Race Across America journey for the 2-person cyclist team “Eat Well”, consisting of two Frenchmen: Evens Stievenart and Jean-Luc Perez. TechNiche has provided the duo with vests and accessories to help them reach their goals of being the first French winners and beating the current 2-person team RAAM record of 6 Days and 10 hours. The duo plans to use the 4531 Hybrid Cooling Vest Powered by HyperKewlTM and CoolPaxTM for pre and post cooling, during the time their teammate is cycling. They also plan to use the 6201 KewlShirt Tank Top Powered by HyperKewlTM while they are cycling in high heat environments. (Parts of the ride pass through regions that are expected to be as high as 120oF).

    Evens tried the vest during training for the RAAM

    His testing conditions were as follows: Condition of test: 90 degrees Activity: Cycling Time of riding: 2 hours. Average Speed: 30 mp/H (all tailwind) Bike: TT bike Rider: Evens Stievenart

    He soaked the KewlShirt Tank Top Powered by HyperKewlTM for about 3 minutes before his ride and wore the vest under his cycling SkinSuit.

    Direct Feedback from Evans: “Right away I felt the cool effect. During the ride, it was still warm outside, but I was feeling pretty good and a rider who rode with me for a bit without the vest was kind of struggling with the heat! At the end of the 2 hours ride, the vest was still cool and humid, and I felt that it was still effective for cooling me down as I was ridding. I drank only one 1/2 liter of water which is low for 2 hours under 90 degrees. Typically, I would drink more under that weather. In short, it was great test and we will use them a lot in our coming challenge!”

    Evens in HyperKewl KewlShirt Evens with bike

  • Canadian Triathlon Team Using TechNiche Cooling Vests and Accessories in Preparation for 2020 Olympics

    Canadian Triathlon Team Using TechNiche Cooling Vests and Accessories in Preparation for 2020 Olympics

    Vista, California, May 28, 2019 –

    The Canadian Triathlon team is currently using TechNiche’s 4531 Hybrid Cooling Vests, and other cooling accessories, for post-training for the 2020 Olympics. The team recently came back from a Triathlon Hawaii Heat Camp, where they used the Hybrid Cooling Vests Powered by CoolPaxTM and Powered by HyperKewlTM Plus, for the first time.

    Feedback from the Team:

    1. Athletes loved the vests (4531) and found them comfortable and effective for post training.
    2. Preparation and transportation of vests was easy, especially with the bags that came with each vest.
    3. Cleaning seemed a little time-consuming. (The cleaning process used: Soaked in a tub with soap water, rinsed thoroughly, then hung to dry.)

    b. Washing machine capabilities are helpful.

    1. Athletes loved the TechNiche Evaporative Cooling Neckbands Powered by HyperKewlTM Plus (6519) and the KewlTowelsTM (6102). They said the neckbands would be a great option when they are wearing their wetsuits before racing, and for perceptual cooling. Most of the athletes used these two products regularly.

    The team also plans to try the vests and accessories for pre-training and warm up.

    Canadian Tri Team 1 on field

    CA Triathlon team group photo

    CA Triathlon team field photo 1