When Lieuwe Westra won Stage 1 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, you may have noticed him showing off a special-edition version of the Vacansoliel-DCM team kit. Primarily colored in Celeste green, the kit pays homage to Vacansoleil bike sponsor Bianchi and will be worn by the team only during the 2013 Amgen Tour of California.
To get all the latest on the stage that Westra used to propel himself in the new kit onto the front-page of cycling websites worldwide, check out the www.velonews.com, cyclingnews.com, or velonation.com news coverage.
Ask any serious cyclist and they will tell you that the most important element to their wardrobe is the padding in the shorts. Santini understands this better than any cycling apparel company. We provide clothing to several of the highest-level professional cycling teams as well as to hundreds of clubs, shops, and local teams around the world.
We've always developed our own exclusive paddings. The latest evolution of our chamois development is the MIG3. Featuring silicone gel in varying thickness impressed onto a mesh fiber core and covered in thin layers of high-density foam and antibacterial and antimicrobial fabrics, the MIG3 padding is available in items in our inline catalog as well as available for custom clothing projects.
Racing in wet conditions presents a unique challenge - for both professional riders and their clothing suppliers. Keeping your core dry is paramount to maintaining performance but riders cannot afford to sacrifice aerodynamics. Santini makes a few pieces for their pro riders that help them meet that challenge, almost all available as products in our regular catalog (or prototypes that soon will be).
In the photograph above, Simon Gerrans is trying to deal with sloppy wet snow and freezing rain at Milan Sanremo with Santini's Guard racing rain jacket, our KRIOS aerodynamic waterproof overshoes, and his bibs and leg warmers are treated with our Acquazero water-resistance.
Scott Mares of CrossBikeReview.com had some time recently to ride in our Poseiden bibs and jersey. And he were the perfect candidate to test out the Acquazero water-resistant treatment since he lives and tests product in Portland, Oregon. Take a look at what he had to say:
"So we are big fans of Italian clothing. And this past year I got to meet with Paola Santin at Interbike in Las Vegas and visit with her about their Aqua Zero line of clothing. After talking with her I could see the benefits of having a jersey that didn't feel like a rain jacket and was still waterproof. So I have been in touch with them after Interbike and I finally got some stuff in. I can tell you it was worth the wait.
"The Poseidon jersey is a winter weight long sleeve jersey. As you would expect from clothing from Italy the fit is amazing. I will say that you should be very fit to wear this as it will hug your body as if was painted on you. With that said I want to say that even though it fits like a glove I did not feel restrictive in the Poseidon jersey..."
Images of the Poseiden jersey are below. Read Scott's entire review here.
The Granfondo Stelvio Santini Challenge is schedule for June 2nd. Starting and finishing in Bormio, the Granfondo Stelvio Santini takes you up over two iconic Italian climbs; the Motirolo and the Stelvio. The Mortirolo and the Stelvio are two of the most beautiful climbs in the world that echo with the feats of Fausto Coppi and Marco Pantani. Last year’s Giro d’Italia saw a single stage take in both of these legendary climbs for one of the most brutal stages of the race.
There are three routes on offer, including the addition of a new 60km and 1950m of climbing short route to compliment the medium and long routes. Riders will each receive a Granfondo Stelvio Santini cycling jersey – made in Italy by Santini Maglificio Sportivo – as part of their race pack. If you conquer the Stelvio and complete the Granfondo, you will also receive an exclusive ‘finishers only’ ImadelT cap!
We've been making clothing in our Bergamo factory for professional and serious recreational cyclists for almost 50 years now. You might think we have perfected the craft (especially if you ride Santini clothing) and could easily rest on our laurels, but we have an obsessive need to keep trying to up the performance, comfort, and durability of our products. That obsession has led to a bib short we are extremely proud of. We call them BCOOL.
BCOOL is an aerodynamic bib short in a mix of durable, elastic and slightly compressing Lycra Newport fabric with panels of anti-UV and thermo-regulating Carbon fabric. We added a raw-cut rubberized Lycra band on the thigh that grips the muscles like a second skin. We upgraded to soft, elastic braces and added a breathable mesh panel across the small of the back. All this gives the shell of the BCOOL bib a supremely snug, secure and comfortable fit.
But any of us that have put a few thousand miles on a modern bicycle seat know that the heart of any bib short is the padding. So even though our 2012 NAT padding won the hearts of professional and amateurs the world around, we did ourselves one better in the BCOOL with our new MIG3 padding.
The innovative central core of the MIG3 is composed of multiple-density silicone panels injected onto a mesh fabric. This allows us to target shock-absorbtion to just where it is needed without excess material. The result is a lighter, more comfortable, and extremely breathable addition to our family of silicone paddings.
We finish the MIG3 off with a newly-shaped bottom layer of soft microfiber, designed to ensure comfort and protect the area in contact with the saddle. Two layers of foam increase the anti-shock properties of the padding. The upper upper layer is a soft antibacterial microfiber which ensures complete freedom of movement and protects from chafing and irritation.
The BCOOL bib short retails for $260 and comes in black with ROSSO (red), GIALLO (flourescent yellow) or BIANCO (white) accents. Available sizes are XS through 4XL.
The four 2013 Giro D'Italia classification competition jerseys, designed by Sir Paul Smith, were unveiled in Milan today. Cyclingnews.com had a full report:
"Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport today unveiled the four leaders' jerseys for the 2013 edition of the Italian Grand Tour, designed by British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith. An avid cycling enthusiast since childhood, Smith's involvement with the project grew out of an informal meeting with RCS Sport at the 2011 Giro d'Italia.
"Having been a huge cycling enthusiast and follower of the major Tours and Classics for many years, it's an absolute privilege to be asked to design the four jerseys for the Giro d'Italia," said Smith in a press release."
Read the full article here.
Cyclingnews.com wrote a review of the GreenEDGE team's inaugural year this week. What they outline is an amazing run marred only by difficulty gaining a Tour de France stage win. Remember Simon Gerrans victory at Milan san Remo? Or Matt Goss's Giro D'Italia stage victory?
How the team fared in its inaugural season
2012 report card: So you're the new kid on the block and you want to make a mark on the WorldTour. Winning the first event on the calendar is not a bad way to go about it with management very clear in its objectives: to build a unit that would be competitive in smaller stage races and the Classics. GreenEdge made their intentions clear by carrying their momentum from Simon Gerrans' victory in the Cycling Australia Road National Championships through to the Victorian's win over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) at the Santos Tour Down Under later that month.
It wasn't all peace, love and mung beans however with Stuart O'Grady accused of a minor assault; Sky Procycling's sports director Sean Yates claiming the team was "not in good enough condition" and Australian cycling great Phil Anderson critical of the team's tactics which left Gerrans isolated on Willunga Hill. Stage win or no stage win, GreenEdge had done the job, wearing the Australian jersey. Ochre jersey in hand. "There's only one first time," said sports director Matt White. "We did it."
She wrote "A jersey that looks cool, is fleece-lined, is water-resistant, and keeps you cozy on a ride, all while boasting reflective tape and decent sized pockets? We were pretty cynical when we heard that pitch, but the jacket/jersey did not disappoint. The women’s cut isn’t just a men’s cut sized down, it’s actually built to fit a woman correctly..." You can read her entire article here.
We're proud of the Siouwx for exactly the reason's Hunter states. We designed it for a woman (rather than adapt a man's jersey) and gave it the same Acquazero treatment that makes our key performance winter items so versatile.
The Sioux jersey retails for $165. You can buy it through one of our retailers.
Here are the technical details: The Siouwx is a long-sleeve jersey for women in thermofleece fabric (86% polyamide, 14% Elastane) with our Acquazero water-resistance treatment. It is soft, warm, and exceptionally aerodynamic. The Siouwx offers maximum comfort and breathability. The jersey offers flat reflective piping inserts to ensure visibility on the road and an elastic band at the bottom made of elastic fabric with windproof and reflective silver coating paired with mesh.