Cycling apparel specialist Castelli has created an ad hoc jersey for participants of the 30th edition of the Maratona dles Dolomites–Enel, held on 3 July 2016.
The Maratona dles Dolomites, ‘the queen of all granfondos’, is billed as gruelling, breathtaking, beautiful, fun, overwhelming and unforgettable. The Maratona is a celebration of cycling, the landscape of the Dolomites in Italy and the area’s unique culture.
For the first time, a women’s version of the jersey will also be available to meet the demand of an increasing number of female cyclists taking part in the event.
Maratona 2016 Edition Race Jersey
The Maratona 2016 Edition Race Jersey has been developed in response to Castelli’s pro riders’ requests for a super-lightweight, highly breathable jersey for the mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.
The men’s and women’s jerseys are made from 3D mesh fabric on the front and shoulders to keep the jersey aero, light and dry, and the waist band to keep the three rear and zippered key pocket in place. The 3D nature of the fabric means that most of it never touches the skin, so it should not cling or absorb water. According to Castelli, ‘Pour a bottle over your head to cool down, and moments later the jersey is back at race weight.’
While the jersey was originally made for big climbs and hot weather, the pro riders showed Castelli that it’s an ideal jersey for most conditions because of its wide temperature range and aero advantage. It’s cut to hug the torso and eliminate any excess fabric flapping when battling the wind.
The Maratona 2016 Edition Race Jersey is supplied with an ‘eco pocket’ to encourage riders to make sure that packaging from energy gels and bars isn’t accidentally jettisoned en route.
Maratona 2016 Edition Volo Bibshort
The Maratona 2016 Edition Volo Bibshort is compressive, aerodynamic and comfortable on a wide range of body shapes and helps prevent overheating by incorporating breathable mesh bib straps.
The body of the short uses a 200+ gram Affinity Lycra, which increases the short’s affinity for keeping the rider comfortable and warding off fatigue with high stretch on the inner thigh, aerodynamic texturing on the outer thigh, and gentle compression throughout.
The KISS AIR seat pad uses a seamless construction of brushed microfiber to prevent chafing, and the pad is anatomically shaped to follow movements whilst on the bike. The KISS AIR also features a variable-density design with more padding where the rider needs it and less where they don’t.
According to Castelli, the KISS AIR seat pad ensures excellent comfort no matter which Maratona dles Dolomites – Enel course riders are taking part in.