Aston Martin has revealed the team colours of the One Pro Cycling team. Aston Martin is the official partner of the team in 2018 and the British team’s kit has been created by Aston Martin’s design department with the Italian cycling clothing brand Nalini. The squad will also cycle on Aston Martin-branded Storck bicycles for the first time.
The kit that the team will wear for its 2018 races has an asymmetric design integrating the ONE PRO Cycling corporate colours. With a diagonal split between the white upper half and the darker lower half of the jerseys, the design is not only bold but also functional as it will make each rider easy to spot in a peloton.
In the centre of the darker section on the front of the jersey and the white section on the back, sits the iconic winged Aston Martin logo. The lower half of the jersey has a graduated transition in colour from a mid to dark blue.
Manufactured by Nalini, the new kit comprises over 25 different pieces of clothing to cater for every possible climatic condition. It includes base layers, gloves, rain jackets and the special all-in-one TT speed suits worn in time trials and sprint stages. For practical reasons, most of the training and inclement weather clothing forgoes the lighter colours of the race kit and is instead designed using only the darker blue hue.
The Aston Martin name will be appearing not only on the riders’ clothing but also the bikes they are riding. Aston Martin recently collaborated with the Storck bicycle company to produce a limited run of bicycles called the Storck Fascenario.3 Aston Martin Edition and the same Fascenario.3 frame and forks will now be mated with Shimano Dura Ace and FSA components to form the bikes of the ONE PRO Cycling team in road races. In time trials the riders will use Storck’s Aero 2 frames, also with Dura Ace and FSA components.
German manufacturer Storck has won numerous awards for its bicycles over the last 20 years and is an established brand within pro pelotons. Markus Storck the eponymous founder and driving force behind the company is an Aston Martin aficionado and designed the limited edition One of Seven Vanquish.
Ensuring that One Pro Cycling is the most stylish team in the support convoy at races as well as in the peloton, the team will use an Aston Martin DB11 as one of its support cars. The car will be specially fitted out with the radios and equipment needed to stay in touch with the riders and assist them when required.
One Pro Cycling will begin its 2018 competitive season with races in Slovenia and Croatia before returning to the UK later in the spring. At the beginning of May, just as the Aston Martin Racing team and its new Vantage GTE car is tackling its first race of the year at the Spa 24hrs, the One Pro cycling team will be taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire.
Over the rest of the summer the team will be competing in the prestigious UK Tour Series, ensuring fans can see the team racing in cities all over the country. The squad will also travel to Italy, France, Belgium and Poland for races before it gears up for its big goal for the season in September – the Tour of Britain.
One Pro Cycling is a professional cycling team founded by former England cricketer, Matt Prior in 2014. It has very similar values to Aston Martin’s own race team, Aston Martin Racing, when it comes to competition and fan engagement, making it a perfect fit for a partnership.
Italian brand Nalini is part of MOA Sport which has over 40 years of experience producing high end clothing for professional cyclists and many of the world’s best teams. Owned by Claudio Mantovani, the factory in Italy supervises the entire production process from beginning to end.