These shorts were designed for Garmin-Sharp riders to wear in warm weather, such as the sizzling heat of the Tour in the height of summer.
So, in Essex, in the bad weather, they gave the feeling of being underdressed.
True to Castelli’s reputation, the cut is rather tight, but the quality of its race fit is exceptional.
The bibs are made from seven different fabrics, one of which incorporates titanium dioxide to reflect harmful sun rays (keeping the tan lines nice and sharp).
They also feature a Giro3 single-layer leg-gripper, pocket for race radio and Progetto X2 Air ?seat-pad. They weigh next to nothing – just 188g for the size large.