The line between sloppy baggies and XC Lycra can be as fine as the one between victory and defeat. With the Victory Race Shorts, Royal Racing toes that line, but the race fit, four way stretch paneling, and pedal mashing design encourage us to test that line's ragged edge. Fortunately, on days when the terrain is victorious over the racer, the high denier nylon doesn't disintegrate like tissue paper even though your ambitions for that particular event might. While you're still in competition, though, the Victory's gusseted crotch and mesh liner provide the kind of structural reinforcement and moisture management needed for hard mashing on climbs and muscling the bike through corners on descents. For non race days, two zippered hand pockets provide storage for supplies, and the silicone grip on the rear waistband and ratcheting belt design will play a key role in not alienating your fellow trail mates.