Lightweight and aerodynamic, the new Spring-Summer 16 Odlo Endurance Bike range allows you to perform no matter what the conditions throw at you. Designed with the cyclists’ needs in mind, new summer colours matched with clever designs and innovative choice of materials ensures the perfect balance of performance and style.
As any keen cyclist knows, battling the weather can be one of the hardest elements to any ride and how your clothing reacts to the conditions has a key impact on both performance and enjoyment. Waterproof cycling apparel has notoriously combated the rain by using hard shell fabrics in order to repel the water as you ride, however this hasn’t always proven the best way to enhance performance.
Introducing the men’s Vlaanderen bike jersey, a water-repellent and wind-resistant cycling jersey that uses a unique design to ensure ultimate performance and comfort. Stretchable fabrics that don’t flap around whilst riding combine with a close fit that is extremely breathable leaving you covered in changeable conditions during both spring and summer.
Made from GORE Windstopper® materials, the Vlaanderen jersey is a comfortable alternative to a windbreaker or rain jacket with temperatures between 6 and 16°C and features several practical storage back pockets and a reflective trim.
The outfit is completed by the Vlaanderen bike shorts that are also water-repellent and include Endurance 2 padding that uses a stiff insert in the lumbar region to prevent the padding from moving while pedalling. Maximum comfort is provided with the absence of seams on the inside of the leg and extreme stretchiness of the fabric.
Women cyclists have been treated to the Tyfoon jacket, an aerodynamic jacket that is super lightweight and has been designed to protect you from the rain. Stretchable 2.5 layer fabric moves together with your body to create the perfect combination of aerodynamics and comfort and makes sure your clothing is working with you and not against you whilst you’re sitting in the saddle. One hundred percent water- and windproof, you won’t find anything better to protect you when it comes to those changeable weather conditions.
Both the Vlaanderen and Tyfoon are perfect for the type of conditions faced in the Spring Classics taking place this year. The races are renowned for their terrain, as well as being the longest competitive races in cycling with the Milan San Remo lasting around 300km, longer than any single stage at the Tour de France. Traditionally, the races are won by riders who have had advanced experience of the terrain and who are used to conquering the distance such as Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen but the races prove a grueling and unpredictable experience for any cyclist.
Since these races fall in early spring from February to April, the cyclists battle extreme forms of weather. It is common for the contestants to endure strong wind, excessive sleet and heavy snow – the 2013 Milan San Remo race was even stopped halfway and restarted a further 50km down the track due to the extreme levels of snow. If it rains, riders will often finish a race head to toe in mud.
To taste your own slice of the Cobbled Classics conditions take a look at the localised races you can get stuck in to around the world. Regardless of your level of competitive cycling, it’s important to be fully kitted out in order to start any race in the best position possible. Facing the elements with the correct clothing and protective gear is a must!
Upcoming amateur bike races to get the most out of the Odlo Vlaanderen kit:
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Colorado – May 28-30
Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive, Northern Ireland – September 10
Dresden Race, Germany – August 14
Green Mountain Stage Race, Mississippi – September 2-5