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Gallery: Dan Martin's new panda-friendly POC Octal helmet

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The bamboo motif runs front to back between the Octal's generous vents

The bamboo motif runs front to back between the Octal's generous vents
(Image credit: Adrian Cockle / WWF-Canon)
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The famous WWF logo can be seen on the top of the helmet

The famous WWF logo can be seen on the top of the helmet
(Image credit: Adrian Cockle / WWF-Canon)
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The new POC Octal has a silhouetted bamboo design to celebrate Team Garmin-Sharp's charity partnership with the WWF

The new POC Octal has a silhouetted bamboo design to celebrate Team Garmin-Sharp's charity partnership with the WWF
(Image credit: Adrian Cockle / WWF-Canon)
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It's certainly distinctive, and positively dull in colour compared to what we're used to seeing from POC

It's certainly distinctive, and positively dull in colour compared to what we're used to seeing from POC
(Image credit: Adrian Cockle / WWF-Canon)
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Dan Martin with a WWF panda

Dan Martin with a WWF panda
(Image credit: Garmin-Sharp)
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Daniel Martin at the Tour of Beijing press conference

Daniel Martin at the Tour of Beijing press conference
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rodriguez sits up as Dan Martin comes over to him on the final push for the line

Rodriguez sits up as Dan Martin comes over to him on the final push for the line
(Image credit: Sirotti)

This article first appeared in Bike Radar

To celebrate the partnership between Team Garmin-Sharp and the Worldwide Wildlife Fund, Dan Martin will be wearing a specially designed, bamboo-inspired POC Octal helmet during the Tour of Beijing. The new-look helmet was created by East London designer Steve Edge and will be auctioned at the end of the race to raise funds for the WWF's global conservation efforts.

Garmin-Sharp and the WWF joined up, with the logo featuring on the back of the team's jersey. The partnership came about after a long running joke on social media, which began with Martin being chased by a fan dressed as a panda during his race-winning ride at the 2013 Liege-Bestogne-Liege. The Tour of Beijing took advantage of the link to the panda and going as far as having a panda corner during a stage of last year's race. Martin is targetting the overall classification at the Tour of Beijing, which begins on Friday.

See the photos here.