In partnership with Santini Cycling Wear, this year’s entrants of the Granfondo Stelvio Santini will be donning an official race jersey made from around five plastic bottles (depending on jersey size).
The jersey boasts unique characteristics as it is made from two high performance fabrics, Polartec Power Dry recycled and Polartec Delta recycled, which themselves are made from PET bottles. Both men’s and women’s versions of the compulsory Santini race jersey for the event’s riders are available.
The race organiser and apparel brand note that materials are playing an increasingly pivotal role in the sport of cycling. Participants in the 2020 Granfondo Stelvio Santini will now get to test first-hand the efficiency of the garment.
Created by Santini Cycling Wear and Polartec, partners of the Granfondo Stelvio Santini, which takes place on June 7, 2020, the official jersey is compulsory for all riders taking on the hairpins and climbs of the Alta Valtellina in Italy.
Santini notes that cycling is, by definition, an environmentally-friendly activity, but becomes even more so if cyclists wear sustainable clothing. The central feature of the 2020 Granfondo Stelvio Santini official jersey is its eco-friendly positioning. The Power Dry and Delta fabrics used to make it are manufactured by Polartec using a process that recycles single-use bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate, better known as PET.
On June 7 2020, each participant will literally be wearing five plastic bottles – that’s an estimated total of 18,000 bottles turned into fabric. The race organiser adds that this is much more than a symbolic gesture: it is a practical move to combat litter in the environment and fostering its recovery and recycling.
This subject is particularly dear to the hearts of the Granfondo Stelvio Santini organisers who have laid on green areas along the race route into which cyclists can throw rubbish, such as bar and gel wrappers, to keep the environs of the Parco dello Stelvio pristine and litter-free. An extra side pocket has also been added to the official race jersey made by Santini and Polartec for participants to stow such items in between green areas.
The two Polartec fabrics used to make the official 2020 Granfondo Stelvio Santini jersey are:
- Polartec Power Dry recycled, for the front and back pockets.
- Polartec Delta recycled, which is used for the back of the jersey, is breathable and delivers wicking properties. Delta’s specialised knit construction uses radiating knit structures to keep wearers cooler in hot conditions by increasing airflow to dissipate heat.
The Granfondo Stelvio Santini takes place on Sunday, June 7 2020. Entries are now open with different pricing structures depending on the number of places still available. From January 1 2020 to February 28, entries cost €70 with 1,000 places available. From March 1 to the end of April, a further 800 places will be available at a price of €80. Then the remaining 200 bibs will be available between May 1-15 at a price of €100.
The same three race routes return for 2020 and share a single finish-line at the top of the Stelvio Pass. The 151.3-kilometre long route, which has a 4,000-metre-plus elevation gain, is for ‘cyclists with strong legs and big hearts’, while the 137.9 kilometre medium route avoids the gruelling Mortirolo climb. However, even the 60-kilometre short route will see cyclists tackle an elevation gain of almost 2,000 metres.
There is no overall classification. Instead the start-to-finish times of all finishers will be published in alphabetical order. Polka dot jerseys will be awarded to the King and Queen of the Mountains in all categories for the Teglio, Mortirolo and Stelvio climbs: there will be both a classification for each individual climb and also one for the sum of the three times which will be topped by the fastest.
Both the team/club with the highest number of entries and the one with the largest number of finishers will also be awarded prizes.