Castelli was started in 1876, as a small clothing company in Italy. But the real history of the brand dates to the 1940's. At the time, Armando Castelli was making garments for the legendary Gino Bartali, the biggest name in cycling. Enter Fausto Coppi.
Coppi won his first Giro d'Italia at age 20 and ushered in the Golden Age of Cycling, where his rivalry with Bartali fueled cycling passion and divided a nation. This is where Armando Castelli re-enters the scene.
Coppi approached Castelli and challenged him to come up with something lighter, something that would give him an edge on the brutal Alps. So Armando did what no one had done before. He abandoned the classic wool jersey for silk. Castelli created. Coppi raced. And Coppi won.
Over the next few years, Castelli made a name for itself through racing's legends wearing their innovative clothing. And they continued inventing and improving with new ideas like pockets on the backs of jerseys, the skinsuit, chamois and even Lycra shorts. All were first designed by Castelli.
Today, Castelli's tradition of groundbreaking continues with items like their Superleggera Jersey. A top so light, it floats on water, and not only wicks, but actually repels water. And, their famous chamois that is literally a feat of science. Designed by NASA, its ComfortTemp technology keeps the seamless, multi-density pad temperature a constant 98ºF for the ultimate in comfort and protection!
Swing by and check out our entire line of Castelli cycling clothing. From foul-weather gear, to stylish and ultra-comfortable jerseys, to some of the most comfortable shorts you will ever ride in, we've got it. Wear the scorpion and you'll have the sting!
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