Comfort on the bike thanks to the Carbon G.Stilo of Gaerne
The riders spend lots of hours on the bike, it’s essential they have shoes that fit perfectly. During the Tour de France the Lotto Soudal riders wear the new white and red version of the Carbon G.Stilo of Gaerne, that is a partner of Lotto Soudal since last year.
The Carbon G.Stilo only weighs 280 grams and is a guarantee of comfort, which is of the utmost importance to pro riders. The upper is made of microfiber with laser-drilling to provide excellent breathability. The shoe has an ultra-light carbon sole which is ultra-thin thus allowing maximum power whilst pedaling without loss of energy. The shoe has an innovative ‘Diagonal Closure System’ that consists of two BOA IP-1 micro adjustable reels and a Velcro strap. The three elements are positioned laterally to avoid pressure points and this combination procures a custom and fast closure.
Marta Gazzola, marketing manager Gaerne: “The input of the riders is very important to us. Partly thanks to the feedback they gave last season, we designed the Carbon G.Stilo which they ride with since January. The riders got to see the shoes a first day on the team’s fitting day in October. During the training camp in Mallora last January we talked to each rider individually so they could give their first impressions of the new shoe. Their comments matter to us, because they race at WorldTour level. Gaerne can develop such top products due to the fact that we listen to the riders and use their feedback to optimize our shoes.”
“There are three points of contact for a rider: the handlebar, the saddle and the pedals. So they need the perfect shoes. The most important thing is the overall fitting of the shoes. Some riders need special adjustments. Many have skinny feet so we need to provide them with a special last. We deliver custom-made shoes. Gaerne is known for its excellent service. We are an Italian company with production in this country so we can work fast when modifications are needed.”
“The Gaerne shoes are unique because of a combination of different elements. The Carbon G.Stilo consists of 111 components. Because we only work with high-quality products we can deliver such high-quality shoes. Of course we are very happy the team has already set so strong performances at the Tour with the Carbon G.Stilo and it isn’t over yet…”