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Sleek Protection – Giro Vanquish

The right protection for your head, Giro Vanquish is the cycling helmet you need, writes Deepthi Velkur.

When I started cycling as a kid, head protection was top priority. Of course, it was the ‘80s, so it wasn’t really top-notch technology – it was basically a cap with some foam protection on the inside. All through my growing up years that was acceptable, nobody ever questioned it and my parents thought it was fine. Today, things are a lot different and with a deeper understanding of the dynamics of crashing, helmet manufacturers continue to push the limit in helmet advancements.

Tech to Protect

Nearly all new helmet models today incorporate MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system), a liner that allows the head to move slightly inside the helmet in the event of a crash. Protagonists say the MIPS liner can lessen a crash’s impact on the brain.

Helmets are designed keeping aerodynamics in mind which has an effect on shape, size and overall looks. Comfort needs to be considered in terms of sizing, padding and fit but crucially ventilation too.

With the advanced development tools available, Giro has created an even more aerodynamic and far better ventilated model called the Vanquish MIPS.

Vanquish Features

The new model like other aero road helmets sport a mostly smooth exterior, a close-fitting and highly tapered profile, and a short, squared-off tail. What sets the Vanquish MIPS apart is its “aerodynamic cliff” – a small step that runs across the width of the helmet, that helps bring in more cooling air to help prevent sweat from dripping down your face.

Some super cool features that make the Vanquish a thing of beauty are:

  • With four slits in the front and six exhaust ports at the back, it helps guide incoming air across the rider’s head.
  • Four generous sized indentations on the underside help bring in more cool air.
  • The Vivid Optics tint filters out bad wavelengths of blue light to enhance contrast and colour definition.
  • A low-friction MIPS liner is included as standard equipment that reduces rotational forces transmitted to the brain thereby minimizing chances of a traumatic brain injury during an impact.
  • A dual-layer EPS foam liner, with a softer-density foam next to the head and a harder, more durable foam near the four-piece polycarbonate shell – this double-layer design reacts better to absorbing impact energy.
  • Other features are lightweight webbing with low-profile tail-glides to keep the straps neatly tucked against the side of your head, eyewear grippers to help secure sunglasses and antimicrobial padding.


The Vanquish MIPS is available in 2 colors – Matte Bright Red / Black in 3 sizes and retails between INR 18,000 – 21,000 on

The initial impressions of the Vanquish do suggest that this could be an ideal everyday helmet for all conditions and while there are several other options in the market, the Vanquish is certainly worth considering.



Deepthi Velkur is a former sprinter who is trying her hand at various sports today. A tennis fanatic, who believes that sleep should never be compromised.

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Recovery Foods for Cyclists

An essential part of your post cycling recovery is eating the right food, so what can you eat asks Nandini Reddy

Glycogen are the stores of energy you burn at the end of your long ride. So the most important recovery is to replenish these glycogen stores. Water, carbohydrates and proteins become the most essential foods to include in your recovery phase. The one thing to remember is that recovery food is not everyday food, these are the foods at give you instant energy and a punch to your flagging system.

The recovery food that you eat has a purpose, you should understand that it is needed for

  • Repairing the muscles with protein
  • Replenish energy stores with carbs
  • Getting your carb:protein ratio spot-on

A few suggestions on how you can recover quickly after a tiring ride beside a long nap include:

  • Chocolate Milkshake – This is the most optimal food and this is about the only time you can have it without guilt. A chocolate milkshake has a carb to protein ration of 4:1 and can immediately replace the used up glycogen aside from hydrating you as well. The immediate energy and endorphin boost from chocolate is also useful. When someone tells you to drink a chocolate milkshake, don’t ask too many questions!
  • Rice – Please indulge in the most simple carbs like rice. Its easy to digest and provides the right kind of energy. The high Glycemic Index of rice makes it the perfect recovery food. Include dal as an accompaniment with the rice to ensure you get the best combination of protein and carbs.
  • Eggs – Eggs provide significant protein and you can even carry boiled eggs with the shell with you during your ride and have it immediately after the ride as a quick recovery food. It is a favoured food for trekkers and other endurance athletes alike.
  • Root Vegetables – All root vegetables are great for carbohydrate loading. You can have it as a dry roasted snack or as a curry with rice. These vegetables are also rich in fibre, beta-carotene, vitamin C, manganese and potassium.
  • Nuts & Nut Butters – Nuts, dry fruits and nut butters are ideal for a post-ride snack. They are high in fats and protein and can help recover the glycogen levels quickly.
  • Whey Fruit Smoothie – Whey is a great recovery food and is a go to food for many cyclists. You can improve the nutritive value of whey by making a smoothie using fruits.

Never scrimp on post recovery calories because you are trying to lose weight. Training days need higher than normal carbs in order to fuel your body to complete the endurance task. You can avoid unnecessary snacking and stick to fresh foods for recovery.



An irregular runner who has run in dry, wet, high altitude and humid conditions. Loves to write a little more than run so now is the managing editor of Finisher Magazine.

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