Kask tease out new helmet at Rio Olympics

Australia's women's track cycling team could have an advantage in Rio tomorrow with an all-new Kask helmet.

The Mistral has been developed using a unique 'speed system,' and will not go on sale to the public until next year.

Cycling Australia’s national performance director Kevin Tabotta intigated the speed system series of 20 projects after the London Olympics, with a the goal of identifying the world's fastest track cycling helmet. The project was financed with an innovation grant from an Australian Institute of Sport.

Track cyclists traditionally use road time trial helmets on the track, which include large cooling vents, which inevitably slow the airflow.

The new Mistral will be complemented by Kask's Bambino Pro in bunch and sprint events.

“The Kask Mistral project is the first time that Cycling Australia will have a track-specific helmet totally linked into the ‘Speed System’,” said Mr Tabotta. "We should have a small but significant performance benefit compared to the current crop of helmets.”

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