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Dan Martin’s WWF bamboo-themed helmet for the Tour of Beijing

Tour of Lombardy winner to wear custom designed POC Octal helmet in the Tour of Beijing

Following his win in the Tour of Lombardy last weekend, Garmin-Sharp rider Dan Martin will compete in the Tour of Beijing (10-14 October) wearing a specially painted POC Octal helmet with a bamboo theme. 

Produced by the Worldwide Wildlife Fund (WWF), the helmet will feature a unique bamboo theme to commemorate the team's partnership with the charity, a partnership which stems from the 2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège when Martin was chased up the road by a person dressed as a Panda.


The special design was produced by East London-based designer Steve Edge and the helmet will be auctioned off after the tour to raise money for global conservation.

Garmin-Sharp and WWF teamed up at the beginning of the season, a partnership inspired by the moment Dan Martin was famously chased up up the road in the 2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège race, a race which Martin won. Since that moment the Panda has become the team’s mascot and they’ve been using it regularly through social media. The WWF logo, which of course features a Panda, was added to the team’s jersey this season.

Photos © Team Garmin-Sharp and © Adrian Cockle / WWF-Canon

David has worked on the tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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