Winners top list of world class athletes relying on innovative apparel from Italian manufacturer.
15 October 2013 (Fonzaso, Italy) – Just one short year after launching its line of innovative triathlon apparel, Castelli was worn to victory at the pinnacle event of the sport, Ironman Kona World Championships. Both Mirinda ‘Rinny’ Carfrae and Frederik Van Lierde wore Castelli triathlon to their new titles, as did a host of other professionals and countless age groupers. Castelli also launched their latest innovation, the Stealth T1 top, at Kona and US Champion Tim O’Donnell used it to help take nearly ten minutes off last year’s bike split.
“We couldn’t be happier for Rinny and Fred,” said Castelli Brand Manager Steve Smith. “The input and feedback of the sport’s top professionals has been crucial in the development of our entire range of triathlon apparel. Having Rinny and Fred wear Castelli as they become Ironman World Champions is testament to our success in creating the fastest, most comfortable triathlon gear in the world. They both won because they perfectly executed balanced race plans, exactly like our Free tri kit: super aero on the bike, great core body temperature management on the run.”
Van Lierde improved on his third place from a year ago to earn his first World Championship title (8:12:29). He took advantage of the benefits of his Castelli Free Tri Suit to blaze by six-time Ironman champion Luke McKenzie, who crossed the finish line three minutes later. It was an outstanding day for Carfrae, who wore the Castelli Free Donna Tri Top and shorts and was crowned Ironman World Champion for the second time, setting a new course record in the process. On her way to victory she set new overall and marathon records, and in fact her run split was faster than all but 2 of the men.
Top US finisher Timothy O’Donnell wore the revolutionary new Castelli Stealth T1 top, winner of Triathlete Magazine’s Most Innovative Race Gear Award for Eurobike 2013. This bike-only, ¾ sleeve race top was developed through extensive wind tunnel testing and uses painstakingly selected fabrics and in a precise pattern to reduce aerodynamic drag over the upper arms, shoulders, and back. Using it, O’Donnell managed to slice nine minutes off his previous best for the bike leg.
Castelli apparel has always represented the finest in Italian quality and innovation for cyclists seeking maximum performance. With roots that trace back to 1876, Castelli has a long history of cycling-industry firsts, including the first Lycra racing shorts, the first colored shorts, the first sublimation-printed jerseys, the first windproof membranes, the first anatomic seatpad, the lightest jersey ever produced, and the most aerodynamic jersey ever produced.