The Castelli Velocissima womens bib short is a true classic. It's the latest incarnation of an iconic model that's evolved from the very first tentative steps to create lycra cycling shorts in the 1970s and has become one of our best selling cycling shorts ever.
The Endurance Evolution fabric compresses your leg muscles the perfect amount whilst the lycra has such imperceptible seams that you'll barely feel you're wearing them. The waist shape has removed all stitching and elastic to keep it totally flat against you, and the crisply cut leg hems ensure there'll be no 'sausage leg'!
Plus, the famous Castelli KISS Air chamois pad has been updated to the KISS Air2 - more comfortably and durable than ever. And as for that ice-cool shade of dark steel trimmed with punchy turquoise piping... we think it's just so classy!
Castelli Size Guide - tops and bottoms
Note: where Castelli once had a reputation for making gear that suited only very small Italian people, the Castelli women's size scale is now very similar to 'normal' UK sizing.
|Chest A||Waist B||Hips C||Inseam D|
|X-Small||79cm / 31"||63cm / 25"||87cm / 34"||75cm / 29.5"|
|Small||84cm / 33"||68cm / 27"||92cm / 36"||76cm / 30"|
|Medium||89cm / 35"||73cm / 29"||97cm / 38"||77cm / 30"|
|Large||94cm / 37"||78cm / 31"||102cm / 40"||78cm / 30.5"|
|X-Large||99cm / 39"||83cm / 33"||107cm / 42"||79cm / 31"|
Note: the inside leg measurement is naturally less relevant for shorts than for tights!
- Forza fabric with 38% Lycra ratio to produce a great fit
- Minimised seams for extra comfort
- Double-layer lumbar support band ensures bibs stay locked in place around your waist
- Bonded ergonomically flat straps for unnoticeable comfort
- Laser cut leg hems with silicon vertical grippers
- Progetto X2 Air Seamless Donna female-specific chamois pad
- Weighs just 158g
Q. What do a 19th century Italian tailor, a designer for the Milan Ballet and the first ever lycra cycling shorts have in common?
A. They are all part of a rich 140 year history that's led to today's most recognised brand in cycling: Castelli.
Throw in a heart attack on a famous Italian climb, family feuds, Olympic gold medals and controversy in the pro peloton and it begins to sound more like a Sicilian soap opera than the backdrop to a cycling brand. But then again Castelli is no ordinary brand.
Today, Castelli's scorpion emblem is arguably the single most recognised in cycling. Iconic is an overused word these days, but the Castelli brand surely qualifies.
We first discovered Castelli on our year long ride through the Americas in 2010, when our founder Liz (pictured) wore Castelli shorts and loved them, so stocking them seemed an obvious choice. But we're almost as captivated by the story behind the name as the kit itself! For the full Castelli story (it's quite a story!), click here.
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