Santini has created three special edition jerseys celebrating the UCI Road World Championships which take place this year in Yorkshire, UK. The colours of the Union Jack and the UCI’s legendary rainbow stripes feature on both the technical and casual wear.
For many years, Santini has partnered the world cycling federation, UCI, as official supplier of the World Champion jersey that winners get to wear for an entire year. In recent seasons, the Bergamo-based cycling wear company has added collections inspired by the championships. It is now launching a special capsule collection dedicated to Yorkshire, which plays host to the 2019 UCI Road World Championships between September 22 and 29.
The collection comprises three jerseys, bib shorts and coordinating accessories as well as casual wear.
The UJACK jersey is named after the eponymous Union Jack or Union Flag which was thus named because it is made up of the flags of the countries in the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The front of the jersey features the outline of the Union Jack in an elegant navy blue with the world champion colours at its centre.
The official 2019 World Championship logo features on the right-hand breast. This classic-fit jersey has ultralight mesh fabric sides for maximum breathability. There is also a silicone gripper at the hem.
The jersey is also available for children from five to 13 years as well as a baby version for one to two-year-olds. Santini has also created navy blue bibshorts and accessories to coordinate with this and the other jerseys.
The NATIO range has a background in the royal blue used in the Union Jack with the official event logo on both the breast and back. “I chose the colours of the British flag for this jersey: at the centre, red, blue and white alternate in a five-line design to reflect the five World Championship colours,” said Fergus Niland, Creative Director at Santini.
“That section features a pattern made up of lots of small Ys. Y is symbol used for Yorkshire in the official World Championship logo.” The inside collar and back of the jersey also feature details from the flag. The slim-cut NATIO jersey is made from Kenobi and Ritmo Shangtun, both fabrics that aid with breathability, stretch and comfort.
The blue of the Yorkshire flag also features in the LEGAC jersey which has thin white and blue stripes on its sleeves and a small stylised rose on the side. This is another reference to Yorkshire as the white rose is the symbol of the House of York. At the base of the collar at the back of the jersey, there is also a Y with the World Championship colours, part of the official 2019 logo.
For cyclists that want to sport the rainbow stripes off as well as on their bikes, there is also a casual wear line comprising t-shirts and sweatshirts featuring the outline of the Union Jack.
The line will be available online from the santinisms.it website and select cycling stores worldwide from May 31, 2019.
Also on the starting blocks at this year’s Yorkshire World Championships will be 2015 Champion Lizzie Deignan, who is both a member of the Trek-Segafredo women’s team and a Santini ambassador. As Yorkshire native, Lizzie is particularly excited about this particular Championship. She is also relishing the challenge as she only returned to competition after having her first child, on April 21 when she sported the Santini Trek-Segafredo jersey for the first time.
Lizzie has spoken about her experience as a woman, athlete and mother in a series of videos made with Santini. In the latest in the series, ‘The Next Race’, she discusses how it is possible to be a professional cyclist and a mother, as she looks forward to embracing new challenges in both her personal and professional life, and return to winning form.
Santini Maglificio Sportivo was founded in 1965 by Pietro Santini who spotted a market for technical cycling clothing as a result of his abiding passion for the sport and competition. The Bergamo-based company made the pivotal decision to design and manufacture all of its products exclusively in Italy.
Santini currently produces 3,000 items of clothing per day and exports 80% of its output. It is deeply committed to ongoing investment in researching and developing innovative textiles and new production methods.