Santini flanks “SenzaGiro”, the road race that never was: the winner’s jersey plus a jersey each of the 21 stages to be auctioned to raise funds for Bergamo social cooperative Namasté …plus a kit for the SenzaGiro fans.
To cycling fans, the month of May usually means the Giro d’Italia and the news of its cancellation was a tough blow, particularly for cyclists stuck indoors and waiting to get back out on their home roads. The good news is that a team of journalists, writers, and illustrators refused to give in to the advance of the pandemic.
SenzaGiro – the Giro that never was
Since May 9 last, they have been bringing fans stage-by-stage reports on the progress of the SenzaGiro, the Giro that never was. The group is making 21 entirely fictitious reports plucked from its collective imagination – and featuring real actors and fantastic illustrations available – on the senzagiro.com website. The aim of the SenzaGiro is twofold: to keep the passion for the Giro alive and to raise funds for those working quietly every day to help the most vulnerable groups in society.
Lallio-based Santini Cycling Wear is flanking the SenzoGiro creators and their initiative in supporting Namasté, a non-profit social cooperative helping thousands of vulnerable people in the Bergamo area which has been particularly hard hit by Covid-19.
The legendary Bergamo-based cycling wear company is now hard at work making 21 exclusive one-off jerseys, one for each stage of the SenzaGiro, which will be autographed by the stage winners and then auctioned. Twenty-one posters designed by the SenzaGiro illustrators will also be available to purchase on the Santini website with all proceeds going to the Namasté cooperative.
Lastly, a cycling kit, comprising a jersey, bibshorts, and cap, and a cotton t-shirt, all sporting a special SenzaGiro design, will also available from its online store.
The jersey has a tie-dye pink background with the SenzaGiro name and logo on its front and the title of a 1946 article by La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Bruno Roghi “La Corsa del popolo” (The People’s Race) emblazoned on the back. The coordinating bibshorts and cap are in the same colours as the jersey, while the cotton t-shirt is white with a lively take on the SenzaGiro name by Riccardo Guasco, one of the illustrators on the project. A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to Namasté.
Santini is also providing further zero miles support to Namasté. The Lallio cycling wear company will be donating 2,000 masks, all made in partnership with local businesses RadiciGroup, Plastik, MiniPack and Steris, to the cooperative which has been supporting vulnerable individuals in the Bergamo area, such as the elderly, the disabled, the sick, and struggling children and adolescents, for over two decades.
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About Santini brand
Santini Cycling Wear was founded in 1965 by Pietro Santini who spotted a market for technical cycling clothing as a result of his abiding passion for the sport and competition. In what would seem like a revolutionary and contrarian choice today, the Bergamo-based company made the pivotal decision to design and manufacture all of its products exclusively in Italy. Each item is designed and developed by a design team with a deep-rooted passion for the two-wheel world to meet four key requirements: fit, performance, comfort, and durability.
Santini currently produces 3,500 items of clothing per day and exports 80% of its output. It is deeply committed to ongoing investment in researching and developing innovative textiles and new production methods. However, people – athletes – remain its central focus as it continues to refine its creations to allow cyclists to pursue their sporting passions in a comfortable but inimitably stylish kit (santinicycling.com)