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S-PHYRE Eyewear testing at the Shimano Rider Alliance Event in Ronda, Spain

When we started testing our new S-PHYRE eyewear we knew we were onto something special. Not only are they a very attractive pair of racing lenses but with their polarised lenses they actually enhance your vision, reducing sunshine glare and reflections from puddles and water out on the road. So to celebrate their arrival we asked seven Shimano riders put them to the test in and around Ronda, the famous cliff-top city in Andalusia, Spain.

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With the weather lurching between warm spring sunshine and face-hurting hail we had the perfect opportunity to see which of the multiple lenses in the case fared best. 

For the first half of the trip we combined the S-PHYRE eyewear with premium racing-level S-PHYRE jersey, bib shorts and gloves. After a couple of warm up loops we had a few hours blasting through the craggy hills 50km inland of Marbella. Our initial fast pace-line soon gave way to the solitude of a tortuous windy ascents and moody grey skies. Talk about being at one with nature - vultures soared over our heads as we crested the peaks!

For the second part of the trip we switched to the new EVOLVE line-up, part of Shimano's performance clothing line up, and headed out at sunrise for the Sierra de Grazalema natural park. Despite the sun creeping over the Andalusian ridges the EVOLVE jersey's integrated base layer added extra protection from the morning chill. Coming back into town with some hard miles in our legs we had one final task before coffee. In homage to spring's Belgian classics and the pro's who helped develop S-PHYRE and subsequently the EVOLVE line up, we finished with cobbled sprint efforts in dazzling sunshine in front of the famous El Tajo gorge.

As the sun crept down behind the city on the cliff, it was a pretty unanimous verdict; every lens has its purpose when the weather isn't playing ball!

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