From fiber and yarn, to fabric, to finished pieces — Polartec created a cycling kit for the Alberto Contador Foundation Continental, Under-23 and Junior cycling teams. The Kit, in development since Polartec began supporting the Contador Foundation in 2015, takes a new look at cycling apparel that is exclusive to the teams Polartec sponsors.
“Our goal is to become the leading brand in performance textiles for cycling, and our work with the Contador Foundation enables us to do what we do best, which is solve problems through textiles. What led us to work with the Contador Foundation, though, are the people involved, and their mission to provide others with health and continuity in life.” — Polartec CEO Gary Smith
Comprised of a full range of Polartec fabric solutions, each article of clothing collectively represents an advanced apparel solution for cycling teams. In the Kit cyclists will find:
Baselayer Tank made of Polartec Power Wool fabric that places merino wool next to skin, and synthetic on the outside in a bi-component knit that combines the natural comfort of wool with durability and moisture management.
Jersey made of Polartec Power Stretch compression fabric to provide aerodynamics and muscle support with breathability and moisture management.
Jersey made of Polartec Delta cooling fabric — a special fiber and yarn construction engineered to optimize the body’s natural evaporative cooling process.
Bib Shorts made of Polartec Power Stretch compression fabric.
Arm and Leg Warmers made of Polartec Power Stretch compression fabric.
Vest made of Polartec Windbloc windproof fabric and Polartec Delta cooling fabric.
Vest made of Polartec Alpha breathable insulation, the solution for U.S. Special Op Forces that created the ‘active insulation’ category.
Jacket made of Polartec Power Shield Pro — breathable waterproof softshell fabric.
Gloves made of Polartec Power Stretch compression fabric.
Cycling Cap made of Polartec Power Dry moisture management fabric and Polartec Delta cooling fabric.
Neck Warmer made of Polartec Power Stretch and Polartec Delta cooling fabrics.
The Kit will be worn by 38 cyclists next year between the Continental, under-23 and Junior teams.
“After retiring as a professional cyclist, sharing the project of the Foundation with a sponsor like Polartec gives me an extra motivation to keep working, because we have the same ideas of innovation, hard work and commitment to the future of the sport and our young cyclists.” – Alberto Contador, President of the Alberto Contador Foundation.
Photos courtesy Polartec