Endura’s technical clothing sponsorship of the Movistar Team started on January 1st, however collaboration between Endura and Drag2Zero started many months previous with Simon Smart, Technical Director at Drag2Zero (a division of Smart Aero Technology) and Jim McFarlane, MD of Endura Ltd, both intensively involved in shaping an extensive development programme in order to have sufficient wind tunnel testing and prototyping completed before racing commenced in 2014.
Simon Smart said of the relationship “We have been looking at the gains to be made in cycle clothing for a number of years now and have seen in the wind tunnel how using the right fabrics and cut can see big improvements in performance. Teaming up with Endura is really exciting for us. They have a fantastic production facility here in the UK which means that between us we have everything we need close by to develop things quickly. Endura also share our goal of developing products through necessity and giving cyclists what they need.”
Jim McFarlane added “We’re very excited at formalising our collaboration with Drag2Zero; Simon is recognised internationally as the leading authority on aerodynamics in cycling and the facility at Brackley is arguably the best in the world. We have been working together for a number of months now and we seem to gel really well. The pairing of the Brackley cycle wind tunnel facility and Simon’s skills and experience in aero with Endura’s in-house ability to prototype and develop product rapidly in response to each set of test results puts us in a really strong position for aero product development.”
The immediate objective is clear; to deliver the fastest aero-kit in the World Tour peloton to the Movistar Team – and that is a very significant challenge in itself. However the collaboration has ambitions beyond this for the longer term and plans to use the ongoing aero-design knowledge from the Movistar work for a future aero-clothing range aimed at sportive riders and racers that will be branded as “Endura-Drag2Zero”.