Not much longer. The day is almost here. The day for which you have been training so hard: the day of the competition. In these kinds of situations, athletes need to be able to totally rely on their equipment. Our product managers and designers at Gore are constantly developing new products with convincing material technologies and ingenious designs, tailor-made for bikers. Their innovations are tested by GORE BIKE WEAR® athletes, whose valuable feedback helps us improve our products even further. After all, the only thing that matters is the race: tune out all other thoughts and focus entirely on the next hundred metres in front of you. The equipment of the GORE BIKE WEAR® athletes is constantly in use and enduring extreme strain. Be it a race along several hundred kilometres and considerable altitudes or an arduous training session – the material needs to cope.
Bruce Dalton, racing cyclist from Great Britain and a newcomer on the GORE BIKE WEAR® athletes’ team: “During competitions and training, I need to be able to rely on my gear a hundred per cent so I can focus entirely on my performance,” Bruce says. The ONE 1985 GORE-TEX® SHAKEDRY™ jacket is among his absolute favourites: “If you want to understand how excellent this jacket truly is, you need to try it out yourself – ultra-lightweight, highly breathable, extremely waterproof, and it folds up so small that you can fit it in your pocket. Where I train, we get a lot of rainy days, and the jacket is perfect for getting through interval sessions without breaking too much of a sweat. And the best part: one proper shake and it dries off immediately!” Will it be sunny, overcast, rainy, windy? Predicting the weather is virtually impossible – especially during the first weeks of the spring cycling season. The products of our OXYGEN CLASSICS collection ensure perfect protection in changeable conditions: “The OXYGEN CLASSICS GORE WINDSTOPPER jersey and the OXYGEN CLASSICS GORE WINDSTOPPER Bibtights Short+ are the kind of products that make me wonder: why did I never have anything like this before? The perfect combination for maximum performance in any weather,” the racing cyclist says.
Steffen Thum, captain of the ROSE Vaujany Fueled by ultraSPORTS team, relies on the SHAKEDRY™ product technology during training and races. A marathon specialist and world cup winner, he is an institution in the mountain biking scene and a long-standing member of the professional GORE BIKE WEAR® athletes’ team. While pushing his own limits, Steffen tests our latest products and helps us with their development. His open, cheerful nature motivates not just himself, but also his team colleagues to give it their all and never forget to enjoy their sport. In 2014, he won the Mountain Bike Marathon World Cup for the second time. The athlete has a personal favourite from GORE BIKE WEAR®: the ONE GORE-TEX® Active Bike jacket. “You never know the jacket is there until you need it,” Steffen enthuses.
With a great deal of joie de vivre and creative ideas, the exceptionally talented Viviane Favery-Costa from Brazil has been an excellent addition to the Rose Vaujany fueled by ultraSPORTS and GORE BIKE WEAR® teams. She has only been cycling since 2009, when she discovered her passion for the sport. As soon as she talks about her sport, it becomes obvious that “Vivi” is a passionate athlete and tests the latest GORE BIKE WEAR® products to their limit: “Cycling is about emotion, self-respect, strength and living your life to the fullest.” To keep her concentration high during rides in the unpredictable weather of the early summer months, Viviane relies on the POWER LADY jersey and the POWER LADY Cool Tights Short+. These products have been designed in close cooperation with the athletes to meet the special requirements of female cyclists. By women for women. “I love the styles and designs in the new POWER LADY collection. I feel well-equipped wearing these products, and because the collection has been developed by women for women, they have a perfect cut, look good and are extremely comfortable.”