WE RIDE IN THE RAIN

THE CHALLENGE

Few riders look forward to cycling in the rain. Once you are out there, you can have a great time though!

Still, wet roads are slippery. Soggy clothes can quickly get cold and make you uncomfortable. Water falling out of the sky and splashing up from the road can make it difficult to see.

On your bike, you have to be extra aware in the wet. One false move can send you or others skidding across the ground. If you are chilled and soaked to the bone, it is more difficult to concentrate.

That is why you want cycling clothes that will keep you warm and dry.

Weather can change very quickly, especially during the northern European spring and in the mountains in early summer or fall. You could be riding in the warm sun one minute; a moment later, you might be in the middle of a storm.

With the right kit, rainy weather will never stop you from enjoying your ride.

SOLUTIONS

AGU produces a full range of versatile waterproof and water-resistant rainwear, so you can be prepared for all conditions, from light summer showers to winter storms.

For the wettest days, our Premium Event rain jacket is constructed from highly waterproof and breathable DVstorm fabric. When AGU’s designers developed this jacket, they sought a material that was 100% waterproof and windproof and breathed well. DVstorm can handle a water column of 10,000 millimetres. That means that 10,000 millimetres of water can rest on one square centimetre of the fabric without it leaking through. All of the jacket’s seams are sealed as well, so it could keep out a monsoon. Still, it doesn’t trap perspiration inside, which means you can always stay dry and comfortable, even in heavy summer thunderstorms. This jacket is very lightweight and can be stuffed in a pocket easily.

Short-sleeved and long-sleeved jerseys with an eVent DVstretch membrane will also shield you from the rain. These provide an extra layer of insulation and protection against the wet, while remaining very comfortable and streamlined. The stretchy material fits close to the skin for warmth and better aerodynamics. It is also extremely breathable. Unlike a regular membrane, which only begins to work when it gets wet, the millions of tiny pores in the DVstretch material work immediately and continuously to remove moisture from perspiration to keep you dry and comfortable.

Shoe covers, such as our Race Day Essentials, provide similar benefits for your feet.

For drizzly days when you are working hard, our Stormbreaker jacket is the perfect solution. It features an active breathable membrane that enhances ventilation in strategic locations while retaining 100% waterproof protection in critical areas.

We also make bibshorts, arm warmers and leg warmers treated with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating. This ensures that water beads off the fabric before it can be absorbed by its fibres.

Classic cycling caps remain an effective way to shield your eyes from rain and road spray.

In the summer, when any jacket would be too warm, you can wear one of our Woven Jerseys, which are made from a water-resistant fabric. Due to a special weaving technique, this material is both stronger and lighter than conventionally woven fabrics.

It offers excellent wind-resistance and breathability without a membrane, which allows your body to remain within its optimal temperature range. The yarn is treated with a DWR coating before and after weaving, which makes the fabric highly water-repellent, so you can stay dry if you get caught in a shower. When the sun comes out, the lightweight fabric offers excellent UV protection. We make shorts from a similar stretchy fabric too.

If you are going to race in the rain, it is a good idea to wear shorts with ceramic side panels in case you crash. Arrayed on the fabric in a honeycomb pattern, this ceramic coating offers protection against road rash without hindering your movements whatsoever.

OTHER TRICKS FOR RIDING IN THE HEAT

Tyres

Reduce the amount of air in your tyres for better traction in the wet.

Glasses

Most riders will put bright lenses in their glasses, so they can see better in rainy conditions. Glasses shield your eyes from water and dirt. The lenses of our Verve HD glasses, which were specially developed for Team Jumbo-Visma, feature a hydrophobic coating that sheds water and muck. They also employ next-generation anti-fog technology.

Mudguards

Saddle-mounted mudguards protect shorts from road spray. For winter training, most pros will ride with full fenders.

Warming-up

On cold, wet days, apply embrocation to your legs. This creates an oily barrier so water cannot penetrate to your skin.

PROCESS

Working with Team Jumbo-Visma’s riders and performance staff is central to AGU’s research and development strategy. Over the past year, we have refined and improved the riders’ wet-weather kit, so that they can perform at their best in all of the conditions that they might face, from heavy storms to summery drizzle. The riders continuously provide us with feedback. Our designers then turn to the latest fabrics and manufacturing processes to try to make their waterproof and water-resistant clothing even lighter, more comfortable, and aerodynamic. Once they have been thoroughly tested by the pros, the best solutions are brought into our collection, so you too can ride well and have fun in the rain.

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