Needless to say, there are plenty of top-end shoes in the RCUK 100, ready to put a significant dent in your wallet – from the tech-laden Giro Factor Techlace slippers to Shimano’s all-new S-Phyre RC9s.
Those shoes are among the lightest, stiffest and most comfortable you’ll find, and have a price tag to match, but a quality set of cycling footwear needn’t cost you a fortune. Which is where the Elite Road IV shoes from Pearl Izumi come in.
As with most bike bits, there’s a point where the law of diminishing returns kicks in and a pair of shoes like the £149.99 Elite Road IVs are a good benchmark of that ceiling. We found them to be very comfortable when we reviewed them, with a super-stiff sole and excellent ventilation.