Specialized Tour Down Under Collection spotted in the wild

Specialized Tour Down Under
A special edition of the Specialized Allez Sprint Disc at the Tour Down Under (Image credit: Colin Levitch)

Each year, Specialized brings us a range of special edition kit just in time for the Tour Down Under. This year, the collection from Oz is inspired by the Australian Budgie, a colourful long-tailed parrot which is one of the many local species affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis. 

Along with the announcement of this collection, Specialized has also pledged to donate $100,000 USD to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization, which is working tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate animals affected by the fires.

Specialized TDU

Some of the Bora-Hansgrohe riders are wearing the Tour Down Under edition S-Works 7 (Image credit: Colin Levitch)

This year’s Tour Down Under collection includes special editions of the Evade and Prevail helmets, S-Works 7 shoes, socks, a cap, and an Allez Sprint Disc, which will be used by Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe in the Schwalbe Classic Criterium on January 19.

We spotted Bora-Hansgrohe rider Ide Schelling’s new Allez Sprint Disc being worked on by one of the team mechanics in the TDU Race Village.

Specialized Allez Sprint Disc Tour Down Under

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Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 

Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine.