Santini Maglia Nera Bib Short Mens

Santini Maglia Nera Bib Short Men's

Few artifacts of cycling culture embody the spirit of suffering quite as well as the Maglia Nera. It was awarded in the form of a black jersey to the Giro's last place rider from 1946 to 1951, though the ghost of the Maglia Nera remains a symbolic point of pride because it reminds us all of the sheer force of determination it can take just to finish a grand tour. Santini celebrates those who suffer outside of the TV frame with the Maglia Nera Bib Shorts, a pair of bibs that pay homage to cycling's past while taking advantage of cycling's present technology. Regardless of if they finish in pink or black, every cyclist who makes it to Milan has to get through the Giro's mountains. This is no small feat, as the Giro typically prides itself on having the toughest course of the three grand tours. The Vuelta has been making gains of late in this regard, and the Tour is usually raced faster but for those long suffering gregarios in the Dolomite autobus, that's all of little consolation. The Maglia Nera's body fabric and bib straps will be a consolation, though, as they forgo the current trends of bib short construction in favor of classically Italian solutions to the rigors of climbing high mountains in high heat. The material is a traditional Lycra. Rather than the flatmatte finish of predominantly nylon shorts, the Maglia Nera exhibits that telltale sheen of classic Italian Lycra, a fitting nod to cycling's heritage in a pair of bibs that celebrate the Giro's centenary edition. The bibs are also traditional instead of of lie flat elastic straps, Santini opts for light, barely there mesh. After all, the Giro mountains, and on long, hot days on double digit grades, light and barely there definitely appeal more than solid, restrictive elastic. Though the Maglia Nera competition has long been nothing more than fodder for tifosi conversations, the shorts bearing its name continue to evolve. Case in point: the GITevo chamois represents an upgrade from the previo...

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