The partnership between the Boels-Dolmans women’s pro cycling team and Santini Cycling Wear is to continue for 2019. Aside from supplying the race kit, the Italian company will also be creating a full line of garments for ‘all kinds of weather both in training and in competition’.
Heat, humidity, cold and rain are just some of the weather conditions athletes have to endure in both competition and training. The Dutch Boels-Dolmans team has chosen to put its trust in Santini Cycling Wear. The partnership is now in its third year and centres around the supply of both the race kit and a full range of technical wear for all four seasons. This is designed specifically to meet the team’s needs while ‘melding aerodynamics, performance, style and femininity in one sleek package.’
The new race kit the Boels-Dolmans team will be donning from next January comprises a jersey and bibshorts with a new design. Black and grey have now be added to the colour palette alongside the classic orange that has always featured in the team uniform.
The collar, central section and side stripe on the jersey will all be in black while the chest area, where the sponsor logos are located, will also include grey, which is picked up again on the sleeve ends. Black is the main star for the bibshorts which also have a grey and orange section at the leg ends.
The jersey is aerodynamically cut with front, collar, sides and back pockets all made from Santini’s Rudy, an ‘ultralight and breathable fabric’. The back and sleeves, however, are made from Bodyfit fabric for a second-skin feel. Raw-cut sleeves help make the jersey comfortable – while an invisible zip adds sleekness to the design and, together with a high collar, offers a finishing touch.
The bibshorts are made from Thunderbike Power material. This exerts a gentle compression on tired muscles with personalisable New Monica fabric for the side sections. Stitching has been kept to a minimum and the raw cut leg ends incorporate a silicon inner gripper. The chamois is the top-of-the-range C3 Woman, which ‘guarantees absolute comfort, lightness and shock absorption’.
It was made using Santini’s Carving technology method. It is carved out of two overlapping layers of foam to ‘reduce volume and create various thicknesses without any irritating stitching’.
In addition to the main kit, the team will also be supplied with a road skinsuit and a full range of apparel for all seasons.
The road skinsuit is in the same colours and has the same graphics as the main kit. It too is made from a combination of high performance technical fabrics: the ultralight, breathable Rudy at the front of the upper, and Bodyfit for the sleeves and back for a second skin feel. The legs are made from Thunderbike. The skinsuit also comes with the C3 Woman chamois pad designed especially for the female anatomy.
Santini adds that there are two standout new arrivals in the autumn/winter gear. The first is the Vega Xtreme jacket, designed for extreme cold. This is made from Polartec Windbloc to keep out wind, rain and damp whilst simultaneously delivering stretchiness, breathability and heat balance. The collar is also lined in soft cosy Polartec Alpha.
The second autumn/winter offering are the new bibtights with integrated underwear. Also from the Vega range, the team’s athletes will be receiving a short-sleeve jersey made from Polartec, which is designed for rain, as well as gloves and shoe covers to help protect from wind and rain.
Replicas of the kit and the other cycling wear developed for the Dutch team will be available from the team store, online from the Santini website and from select cycling stores worldwide.