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GORE Wear has created a beautiful road bike kit and collection in honor of Olympic and World Champion Fabian Cancellara. Cancellara (a GORE ambassador) has launched a signature collection including both C7 (racier streamline kit) and C5 (slightly looser more comfortable) versions. As well as jacket, socks, and matching gloves.

Seven Epic Moments

The design incorporates a heptagon shape with a seven sided geometric figure signifying Cancellara’s seven epic moments. Cancellara won many of the biggest one day races on the World Tour calendar, leaving a legacy on the world of modern era cycling. These accomplishments are incorporated into the subtle heptagon design.

The Moments

♔ Winning Paris-Roubaix in 2006 on the freshly laid cobbles of Arenberg forest

♔ Winning Paris-Roubaix in 2010 by attacking at the Mons-en-Pévèle

♔ Victory at Milan-San Remo in 2008 with a well timed move at the Poggio

♔ Winning the Tour of Flanders in 2014 by playing the tactics at the Oude Kwaremont

♔ Winning Tour of Flanders in 2010 with a precisely timed breakaway on the Muur Van Garaardsbergen

♔ Riding into the Piazza del Campo in first place during Strade Bianche 2016

♔ Taking Gold at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016

The Cancellara GORE Kit

A lot goes into the design of a new kit. Each kit and design is made from many decisions. Fit, ride length, speed, comfort. The Cancellara kit, is no exception, drawing from the existing C7 and C5 collections with new materials the Cancellara kit stands out.

The Collection

The collection consists of both GORE Wear C7 and C5 styles. The C7 bib and jersey are more race driven featuring a tight and aero fit to reduce drag and sustain comfort. The C5 is a slightly roomier fit, leaning more towards comfort. There is some really cool technology that goes into the design of bibs by GORE, which was redeveloped from the ground-up ahead of last year’s collection premiere: https://www.gorewear.com/us/en-us/about-us/our-products/the-new-bib-shorts-concept/

C7 Cancellara race bib shorts

C7 Cancellara race jersey

C7 Gore-Tex ShakeDry Cancellara Stretch Jacket

C7 Cancellara Socks

C7 Cancellara Short Pro Gloves

C5 Cancellara Bib Shorts+

C5 Cancellara Jersey

C3 Cancellara Mid Socks

Our Thoughts

I was lucky enough to grab a set of the C5 Bibs and Shorts from GORE. I really liked the streamline fit. It was tight, but still comfortable with a high end stretch fabric, it moves well with my body. GORE Bibs have always been some of my favorite. The straps are low profile, the cut is just about perfect for my body shape. The front is low enough for those emergency potty breaks, but high enough to hold my belly in. The panels on the shorts were slightly different than I’ve been use to. The flat panel across the front made the fit a little better for me. The mesh bib is great for airflow. A comfortable medium density foam has been great on 2+ hour rides. Lastly, the 7 collection design just looks really good. The heptagon design and “orbit blue” color are a perfect combination in my opinion.

Riding in Salt Lake City, Utah wearing the C5 Cancellara Bib Shorts+, C5 Cancellara Jersey, C7 Cancellara Socks, and C7 Cancellara Pro Gloves

GORE is having a hard time keeping these in stock. For good reason. Currently, (July 2020) the C5 Cancellara bibs are sold out in all sizes and many of the jerseys sizes are too. But, you can enter your email address to be notified when they are back in stock.

Have a look at their site below to view the entire Cancellara collection and stock on hand.