Ka­tusha Be­yond kit

Su­perlight jersey £115, Icon bib­shorts £170, ka­tusha-sports.com

Cyclist - - Lead Out -

Af­ter eight years of de­vel­op­ing the Ka­tusha World­tour team, Rus­sian busi­ness­man Igor Makarov saw an op­por­tu­nity last year to launch Ka­tusha Sports, an ap­parel com­pany that has formed a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial part­ner­ship with the pro team.

‘It has put us in a unique po­si­tion – we are the only brand to have di­rect ac­cess to a pro­fes­sional cy­cling team,’ says Mathieu Danel, prod­uct man­ager at Ka­tusha Sports. ‘Rid­ers like Alexan­der Kristoff and Joaquim Ro­driguez both have a bril­liant eye for tech­ni­cal de­tail, but are vastly dif­fer­ent in mor­phol­ogy and have dif­fer­ent train­ing re­quire­ments. What this has en­abled us to do is bring all the de­mands and in­sights of pro­fes­sional rid­ers to the pas­sion­ate ev­ery­day cy­clist.’

The Ka­tusha Sports’ Be­yond col­lec­tion uses ‘37.5’ fabric in the bib­shorts and jersey, so named be­cause it ap­par­ently helps main­tain the body’s core tem­per­a­ture at this fig­ure, re­gard­less of how hard the rider is work­ing. Whether this is true in the heat of a World­tour race we can’t say, but it cer­tainly seems to work for a Sun­day spin to the lo­cal cafe.

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