In 1876 a tailor called Vittore Gianni founded a shop in Milan and started out sewing shirts for football clubs. These included big names like AC Milan and Juventus Turin. In the year 1910, Gianni supplied cyclist Alfredo Binda, who won the Giro d'Italia five times, as well as three world championship titles, with special functional clothing. In 1935 Amando Castelli joined the company and then bought it out in 1939.
He continued to look after Gianni's customers and from 1945 onwards also kitted out the cycling legends Gino Barali and Fausto Coppi. In 1948, Coppi received the first silk skinsuit for time trials from Vittore Gianni, as the company was still known at that time. In coming decades, the Italian company also equipped many professional teams with the always innovative, tried-and-tested Castelli jerseys and cycling shorts.
In 1974 Amando's son Maurizio changed the brand name to Castelli and the famous scorpion logo was born. Just three years later the company shone through with the first aerodynamic shorts made from elastane. They were not only popular with the professionals, but also with leisure cyclists. This led to the company being awarded the prestigious Corriere dello Sport Discobolo in 1979 as a revolutionary in the cycling clothing sphere.
Since then the Italian brand has continued to made cycling history. In 1981, at a time when only black shorts were allowed, Maurizio brought the first bright Castelli cycling short colours into the world of racing. In 1983 Castelli introduced the first sublimation prints on their jerseys. 1984 saw the development of the first, functional thermal clothing. Up to the 1990s the Italian brand provided the official jerseys of the leading participants in the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. Today, the Italians continue to develop well-thought-out technical innovations for professional athletes and their famous cyclists.
If you compete in cycle races, you've always got an eye on the clock and your rivals. Aerodynamic, tight-fitting, but comfortable clothing can give you a few seconds' head start. The feeling of wellbeing whatever the weather will also help. Thanks to the patented Nano Flex fabric you will be protected from the rain too. The fabric is water-repellent but at the same time breathable. The Castelli Gabba WS jersey provides innovative, aerodynamic protection from cold, wet weather. In addition, special insulation materials help the jersey to keep the wind and cold out without appearing bulky or creating too much wind-resistance.
The Milan-based company has been impressing its customers with constant innovations for decades and has revolutionised the world of cycling clothes more than once. With Castelli, both men and women can rely on high-quality, well-designed bikewear for any route and any weather. Whether you're a competitive athlete or amateur cyclist: Castelli jerseys, shorts, skinsuits and tights are bound to catch your eye, as will the Castelli triathlon clothing and accessories in our online shop.