After a promising but brief cycling career, Maurizio Castelli created his eponymous brand in 1974, with a vision to be at the forefront of technology, performance and design. A series of firsts would follow: the first Lycra shorts used in racing and sold to the public, the first colored shorts, the first sublimation printed jerseys, the first synthetic winter clothing, the first use of windproof membranes, the first hydrophilic fabric treatments, the first anatomic seat pad, the lightest jersey ever produced, and the most aerodynamic jersey ever produced. Maurizio passed away in 1995 while riding up the Cipressa, the next-to-last climb on the Milan–San Remo route. Today, Castelli is dedicated to continuing Maurizio’s dream: to create the most innovative clothing for the cyclist seeking maximum performance.
This relentless drive for innovation and performance has helped us revolutionize cycling clothing in recent years. We’ve led the way in creating lighter, more aerodynamic and better-fitting road cycling clothing; we’ve created a new class of product with the Gabba short-sleeve jacket/jersey; and we’ve transformed foul-weather clothing to provide better protection from rain and road spray while offering greater warmth and breathability than was previously possible. Our pushing the boundaries of performance has led to six Grand Tour wins over the past three years, but these innovations also make faster, more comfortable clothing available to every cyclist.
Today, our obsession for clothing performance extends to triathlon clothing that can save minutes during the bike leg, and to gravel clothing that brings a more relaxed style with lightweight protection. We continue to draw on more than a century of experience and consistent improvement to make cycling better.