For many dedicated cyclists and cycling fans, the five Monument races Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Giro di Lombardia represent the finest aspects of professional cycling. Celebrating the drama and mystique of these legendary events, we have designed a unique Monuments collection. A limited edition of singular bike wear designed for true cycling aficionados.
Monument Bib Shorts are made of the highly elastic Lycra® Sport Energy fabric that provides excellent freedom of movement, moisture transport and muscle support. Soft silicone print at leg endings keep the bib shorts in place. Infinity C2 Pad and no inner-seam construction ensure great comfort and support.
The first spring classic is Milan-San Remo. The race starts in Milan, immediately heading south, towards the coast. After a steep descent, the course reaches the Mediterranean Sea at halfway point, and continues along the coast, boasting spectacular scenery. A classic image of Milan-San Remo is when the riders reach the sea, pressing against the steep mountains, with the sea right next to them. Our symbol is a triangle, a simplified picture of the route but also an image of the riders between the rock wall and the sea. Using this symbol, we created a pattern, and applied it to the garment in two different sizes, for dynamics.
Originally with a strong link to Flemish nationalism, this spring race has grown into something else and is now the pride of Belgium. The Tour of Flanders, popularly referred to as De Ronde, is characterized by cobbled roads and steep climbs, all with their own challenges. One of the most well-known climbs, and a signature location of the race, is the Muur van Geraardsbergen. Particularly famous is the steep climb to the chapel at the top, the van Kapel Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Oudeberg. Here, the roar of the gathering crowds escorts the contestants up the hill.
Probably the most recognized race of the five, The Paris–Roubaix is certainly not famous for beautiful weather or smooth asphalt. Instead, poor weather, rough terrain and cobblestones have given this classic race its reputation. It is also often referred to as L’Enfer du Nord (the Hell of the North). In the design we have used the nickname, the abbreviation P-R and 1896 as details. Paris–Roubaix is certainly synonymous with its cobblestones; even the trophy given to the winner consists of a stone from the course. Thus, the symbol of this race had to be the silhouette of a cobblestone, a pavé.
Perhaps the toughest one-day race in the world, Liège–Bastogne–Liège meanders its 250 plus kilometers over the hills and through the forests of the Ardennes, placing excruciating demands on riders aiming to win. The race is characterized by its steep climbs, including the legendary Cote de La Redoute, and is generally considered too tough for breakaways to succeed. Our green and lush La Doyenne statement pays homage to this the oldest of all the five Monuments, celebrating the experienced and the long lasting. The spirit of 125 years of excruciatingly tough cycling - wrapped up in one jersey.
Even though the season draws to a close, there’s still gold out there. Who has the mental strength to go after it? And who will yield? Nicknamed “the race of the falling leaves”, Giro di Lombardia enjoys a prominent position in the Monument community and is hands down the most coveted one-day race during the fall. Its route includes several long arduous climbs, such as the 10.6-kilometer Madonna del Ghisallo, and favors riders who shines both on the ascent and on the flat sprint. Inspired by Italy’s finest event, the stylish Foglie Morte jersey tells a truly dramatic story.