Ask RIDE…Can I buy the same kit that the pro’s wear?

Is the replica kit which is available from retailers the same as what the pro’s actually race in?
For example, if you look at the two jerseys worn by Kanstantsin Sivtsov and Mark Cavendish it looks like one has holes but the other doesn’t. Can you explain the difference between the two?

Rachel de Bear

watson_00002451-014Mark Cavendish at the Tour Down Under. PHOTO: Graham Watson.

dsc_3316-copyKanstantsin Sivtsov during the HTC-High Road training camp late last year. PHOTO: Hodes

Great question Rachel.

The replica team clothing which can be bought is sadly not the same as what the professionals wear. Considering the amount of days they spend training and racing each year it is vital that the clothing is perfect match to their body shape. Teams also invest considerable time into ensuring the garments are technically sound and the fitting is part of this package. Teams like HTC-High Road will offer their riders a number of different styles for jerseys, bib shorts, jackets etc and then have them tailored for a precise fit. Chamois will be changed for various body shapes as well as bib short leg length. MOA is the clothing supplier for the HTC team this year and while the clothing you can buy may be made by MOA it will be a garment which is designed for the masses and generally made to be more affordable too.

The two types of jerseys above are just two of the types which riders can pick for each race. The one Mark is wearing is a standard type jersey for mild temperatures while Sivtsov’s is perfect for use in warmer climates and was the jersey of choice for this year’s Tour Down Under in Adelaide. It has significant ventilation of the front, sleeves and back panels to keep riders cool. Riders can then continue to wear an undershirt for improved sweat wicking and in the case of a fall – another layer of protection.

Please take a moment and click on the Queensland floods charity auction. For sale is a Trek Madone 6.9SSL RadioShack bike signed by Lance Armstrong.



Alex Malone is the Technical Editor for RIDE Cycling Review.

Author: design@ride

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