“For time trials, everything has to be right: The wind, the weather, the timing, your state of mind on the day and the right material for the different requirements on the route. When a lot is right, a lot has already been won.”
Over his 16 year career, the Swiss former professional cyclist, multiple world champion and two-time Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara has been regarded as the undisputed specialist in individual time trials and difficult one-day races, in particular the prestigious Spring Classics. `’I am an absolute perfectionist. As well as optimum preparation, the material also always plays a large part in difficult races. Even in my professional career, I was always the first person wanting to test new prototypes in order to develop products further and to get the most out of them.’ As a global brand ambassador for GORE BIKE WEAR®, Fabian Cancellara will bring his experiences to the product development of highly functional bike wear. As with time trials, the details in product development are the key to functionality, innovation and perfect features.
Fabian Cancellara’s favourites from the current GORE BIKE WEAR® collection: The ONE GORE-TEX® Active Bike jacket: where there’s not a gram too many. Weighing just 107 grams (in size L), the wind and waterproof road cycling jacket is extremely lightweight and more breathable than ever. The revolutionary SHAKEDRY™ product technology repels water and keeps you comfortably dry under maximum strain and in every weather.
“The fit of the jacket is perfect. The ergonomically designed stand-up collar adapts to every cycling position and is so light that you can hardly feel it. It fits in every jersey pocket,” enthuses Fabian Cancellara.
Fabian has a clear idea when choosing an outfit. In temperatures of around 20° and above, for example, he cycles wearing the OXYGEN 2.0 Bibtights short+, made from tight-fitting stretch material, which is made for performance-oriented cyclists like himself. It has a supporting structure, flat hems which will not dig in, and a seat insert to ensure comfort and wind protection on long rides. He also wears a short sleeve jersey with high breathability. His current favourite garment is the POWER WINDSTOPPER® SO jersey. This is because the jersey, with its GORE® WINDSTOPPER® technology throughout, is suitable for a wide range of temperatures and is therefore incredibly versatile. “Even the details are well thought out. The 3-compartment back pocket is slightly tapered on the side for easy access. It works perfectly. You also have no friction thanks to the minimized seams.”
More about Fabian Cancellara and the athletes: inspiration.goreapparel.com/athlete/fabian-cancellara/.