Although accomplished bike racer and master tailor Maurizio Castelli founded Castelli Cycling in 1974, the brand can trace its roots in cycling back near the dawn of the 20th century. Maurizio's father Armando was a tailor for icons of the Italian sports world, and taught Maruzio his craft. Armando counted cyclists like the legendary Fausto Coppi among his clients, and that proximity to greatness led his son to develop an interest in bicycle racing that led to him branching out on his own to found Castelli Cycling.
Maurizio's penchant for innovation was first realized when, in 1977, he built the world's first pair of Lycra cycling shorts, and in the process, revolutionized cycling clothing forever. His sense of flair was no less pronounced, and the combination of a standout aesthetic and a racer's sense of functionality earned Castelli a legion of followers that continues to this day.
Partnering with some of the sport's most prolific teams has fueled Castelli's development of exceptional cycling attire. From bib shorts and jerseys to essential accessories like arm and leg warmers, Castelli considers its clothing "An Unfair Advantage", and while we're in no position to be objective, we agree that products like the climber's favorite Inferno kit or the aerodynamic Body Paint bib shorts are clear leaders in their respective categories. And when you consider that the range includes skinsuits, triathlon suits, cycling vests, and most anything else you could need to stay covered on your bike, it's likely that Castelli will continue to be a staple for amateur and professional cyclists for years to come.