Eric Gillis & Reid Coolsaet Talk CEP Compression Socks

CEP Compression Canada sits down with Speed River Track & Field’s Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis to talk about their experience training and recovering in CEP compression socks.

Congrats to both Reid and Eric as they were announced as members of Team Canada for the London 2012 Summer Olympics to compete in the marathon. Well done gents!


Reid Coolsaet Defends Title at Yonge Street 10k, Edging Kip Kangogo

It was a race to the finish for two CEP Compression Canada athletes. Both Reid Coolsaet andd Kip Kangogo were clocked at 28 minutes, 36 seconds; however, Reid took the photo finish with a 3/10s of a second victory to defend his title at the Toronto Yonge Street 10K.

Here is the incredible finish:


Over 6,500 runners of all levels took part in the event and by all accounts was a complete success. Congrats to both Reid and Kip from the CEP Compression Canada team!

Good to hear Reid slipped into his recovery compression socks shortly after the race, under 100 days now till the London 2012 Olympics!

CEP Athlete Ellie Greenwood Wins American River 50 Mile Endurance Run

Ellie Greenwood crosses the finish line of the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run in her CEP compression socks

Huge congrats to CEP Compression Canada athlete Ellie Greenwood on defending her title at the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run in Sacramento, CA in a time of 6:18.47. Ellie finished 6th overall.

Vajin Armstrong, AR 50 overall winner with Ellie Greenwood at the finish line. Photo credit: Michael Kirby | Auburn Journal

UCI Bans Knee High Socks, Compression Material | CEP Compression Canada’s Response

Question posted on our Facebook fan page by triathlete Larry Bradley

The above question was posted on our CEP Compression Canada Facebook fan page. CEP Compression Canada President Chris Jones (@keepupwithcj) offered his reply which was a little more thorough than what a Facebook comment would allow for so here is his full reply:

Compression socks have been banned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (“UCI”) for a number of years.

The original claim was that it provided an unfair aerodynamic advantage to the athlete.

Some say that it may have been more of a uniformity ruling to make sure the athletes all looked the same. Same goes for no sleeveless jerseys, minimum inseam lengths on shorts….. that kind of thing.

“Socks (and shoe covers) used in competition must not exceed the mid-distance between the ankle and the knee.” – UCI

The new ruling is specific to the height of the socks allowable. Since CEP compression socks are above the maximum point on the leg (basically our b1 measurement) we are in violation. The fact of the matter is that this doesn’t hurt CEP because the prior ruling already prohibited socks that extended to our D height.

From CEP Compression Canada’s perspective, we believe the health benefits from wearing medical grade compression should take precedence. A healthy athlete is going to be better for the sport but it is ultimately their call. If we make our own cycling organization, I guess we could make the rules! :)

Here are a couple of slides that speak to the issue from a March 2012 presentation made by UCI’s Technical Coordinator Julien Carron (to see the full presentation click here):

"It is forbidden to wear items designed to influence the performances of a rider such as reducing air resistance or modifying the body of the rider (compression, stretching, support)"

"Socks (and shoe covers) used in competition must not exceed the mid-distance between the ankle and the knee"

What do you think of the ruling? Would love to hear your comments on the issue.

CEP Compression Canada Athlete Kip Kangogo on the Cover of IMPACT Magazine’s Running Issue

CEP Compression Canada athlete and one of Canada’s top distance runners Kip Kangogo was featured on the cover of IMPACT Magazine‘s Running Issue (read the digital edition here). Kangogo is of Kenyan heritage but lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. His dream is to one day race for Canada once he receives his Canadian citizenship.

“My dream is to run one world championship – just to run one world-class race with a maple leaf on my chest.” – Kip Kangogo

Kangogo is the reigning Vancouver Sun 10K champ as well as the winner at last year’s Nationals, though he can not claim his title without Canadian citizenship. Big congrats to Kip on all of his recent success, we are very proud to support you!

Great shot of Kip Kangogo featuring his white CEP compression running socks

Kangogo joins fellow CEP Compression Canada athletes Christine Nesbitt (speed skating) and Ellie Greenwood (ultra marathon) who recently graced the cover of IMPACT Magazine.

CEP Athlete Rob Watson Runs 63:29 at New York City Half Marathon

CEP Athlete Rob Watson wearing CEP compression socks while competing in the 2012 New York City Half Marathon

Congrats to CEP Athlete Rob Watson (@robbiedxc) for a great time of 63:29 at the New York  City Half Marathon this past weekend.

Rob will be joining the CEP Compression Canada team at our expo booth for the Around The Bay 30k in Hamilton, Ontario. Will you be in Hamilton, if so come say hi and check out our newest compression socks!

Exciting New Arrivals at CEP Compression Canada!

CEP Compression Canada is excited to welcome two new colour styles to our compression sock collection. Introducing red & blue!

The new colours have been shipped to our Canadian dealers already and will be in stores next week. If they are not there, be sure to ask your local dealer for them and we’ll get them out to you!

CEP Canada Compression Socks Being Shipped Out, Lots of New Colours!

The new arrivals up close before being sent to one of our Canadian dealers

Looking for a local dealer? Use our CEP Compression Canada dealer locator.

What do you think of the new colours? Join the discussion on our Facebook page.