Continental refers to the Competition tire as The Professional's Choice. Reason being, it has a excellent handling manners, good road feel and it is light. When you compare similar tires from other manufacturers you'll find that they have these same attributes. Perhaps what sets the Competition apart is the fact that it is downright reliable - you can't win the race if you cannot get to the finish line.
The casing is constructed of 3 bonded plys of tightly woven 180 tpi poly-cotton. It gives the tire a resilient ride that is firm while cornering. The material is strong and resistant to wear and tear.
The tread is made from Conti's Black Chili compound. It is derived directly from Moto GP racing and offers lots of high end technology. It is essentially a blend of natural and synthetic rubbers. The natural rubber is mixed with 'nano' sized soot particles, who's surface properties are optimized to deform around surface objects and inconsistencies in the road for better grip. These small particles also form a tighter bond with each other improving compound strength for improved longevity and shear strength. Thanks to these polymers and carbon fillers, the Black Chili ends up being some of the strongest and most durable tread available as well as having the least amount of rolling resistance. The fillers also greatly reduce flatting.
Under the tread, Conti has placed a strip of Vectran which adds to the already out standing puncture resistance. It is essentially a protective belt made of super strong and extremely lightweight and pliant material. Small wear levels indicators have been molded into the tread to measure wear.
The Competition is offered in 19mm or 22mm widths. You can run the 19mm for TT and speed events and 22mm for most criteriums and road races or mix them. 19mm front and a 22mm rear is also a commonly run combination for slight weigh reduction and added aerodynamics.