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25May/180

SANTINI – OFFICIAL CLOTHING OF TOUR DE SUISSE

5/25/18 - Since 1933, the Tour de Suisse has proven that the picture perfect countryside of Switzerland is an amazing place to hold a world-class stage race. Strategically located on the UCI World Tour calendar in June, the Tour de Suisse is an important proving ground for Grand Tour hopefuls.

Santini is proud to partner with the Tour de Suisse to produce 4 leader jerseys and two collections dedicated to Swiss iconography and it's undeniable impact on the world of design.

Cross collection

The Tour de Suisse CROSS collection draws on the Swiss flag for inspiration. We played with shades of red to create a screened effect from which the cross emerges.The result is a modern nod to the iconic Swiss flag than any fan of the Tour de Suisse will be proud to wear. The collection is composed by jersey, bib shorts, cap, gloves and socks.

Helvetica collection

Our Helvetia kit also draws from Switzerland’s impact on the world of design. The Swiss Grid influence is reflected in our use of the Swiss cross to create a geometric pattern used on all of the pieces in the Helvetia collection (cap, gloves and socks). Set against a darkly-contrasting background, the grid effect produces a bold and clean patterned design.

Leaders jerseys

Santini Tour de Suisse leader’s jerseys are built from our aero Sleek 99 design. For an elegant and race-ready fit, we use form-fitting Body Fit fabric on the back and sleeves and Rudy fabric for a more structured front.

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18May/180

REDUX ULTRA-PERFORMANCE LINE

05/18/18 - Santini Cycling Wear presents the REDUX family of ultra-lightweight, ergo-aerodynamic cycling performance clothing for 2018. Created in our Bergamo factory from all Italian materials, REDUX was born from an experiment to push the envelope of what’s possible in a cycling kit.

When you give the world's leading designer total freedom

“In many ways, REDUX was a skunkworks project that actually came to fruition,” says Santini lead designer Fergus Niland.

The term Skunk Works originates with aerospace manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Their secret military and spy-agency development group, responsible for famous aircraft including the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-35 Lightning II, was named Skunk Works after a moonshine factory in the newspaper comic strip Li'l Abner. Today, "skunkworks" is widely used to describe a group within an organization given autonomy and the task of working on advanced or secret projects. At Santini, Niland and his team use their skunkworks-style freedom to experiment with fabrics and patterns in the pursuit of the perfect cycling kit.

REDUX was originally inspired by a new woven fabric called Prey that offered greater weight reduction, thermal-regulation, and friction/drag reduction than the knitted fabrics typically used for cycling clothing. The team then adopted some of our most-advanced clothing-construction techniques, like laser-cut, concealed rear pockets for a reduced aero profile, and thermo-sealed seams that we use to fully exploit the innate super-elastic and compressive nature of that fabric. Those elements, plus a pared down design for a super-clean aesthetic, resulted in REDUX, the streamlined, ultra-high-performance family of cycling clothing that now sits at the very top of our product line.

A family built for performance

The REDUX name comes from our desire to reduce, reduce, reduce (weight, aero drag, details, design elements, etc.) for this project. The REDUX road family is comprised of a two-piece cycling kit and a one-piece speed suit.

REDUX jersey - Ultralight and breathable, the REDUX jersey is aerodynamically cut and offers excellent UV protection (UPF 50+). Heat-sealed seams guarantee a body-hugging fit that optimizes air flow around the body. Made from Prey fabric with Flow inserts, the REDUX jersey is stretchy and exerts a gentle compression, reducing drag even during high-speed training sessions. The rear pockets are made with a virtually invisible, laser-cut, heat-sealed openings that lay flat when riding.

REDUX bib shorts - Made from Thunderbike fabric with a silicone-dotted leg gripper, REDUX bibs shorts hug the body without restricting movement. We reduced stitching to an absolute minimum to keep the profile clean. We added the innovative C3 chamois, which is designed with a molded surface of different densities and gel inserts to cushion the sit bones.

REDUX speedsuit - Perfect for time trials and fast road rides, the REDUX speed suit is extremely, light, aerodynamic and, of course, breathable. Wind tunnel-tested, the REDUX speed suit was specifically designed to cut drag to a minimum. Just like the jersey, the speed suit features heat-sealed sleeve cuffs and invisible, laser-cut pockets. The lower half is made from Fitter fabric and also includes our innovative C3 padding.

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14May/180

Short Stories – Release One – Christopher

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CHRISTOPHER

by Steve Medcroft

 

Christopher knew they would be coming for him soon.

He sat on the wooden porch in front of the trailer with his back to the door. His head throbbed. He wore threadbare Ninja Turtles pajama bottoms and nothing else.

The television in the room behind him was left too loud as usual. It was tuned to a re-run of a five-year old episode of Saturday Night Live; two actors as mentally-challenged children annoyed a group of adults at a dinner party.

The trailer-park was dimly lit by the yellow light from the lamps out on the main road and the flashes of blue thrown through his trailer's doorway by the television. Christopher tapped the last Marlboro Lite out of a soft pack he had taken from Father's jacket pocket and fished a purple Bic lighter out of the front pocket of his pajamas. He held a flame to the tip of the cigarette. He lingered on the first draw and filled his lungs with the sweet smoke. He exhaled with a sigh. His head dropped with the weight of the past few moments. He noticed a three-dot spatter of blood just above the waistband of his pajamas, wiped it with his thumb, then put his thumb in his mouth. It tasted like a penny.

A car with an ill-tuned exhaust passed by on the street and he looked up again. Cool air tickled his skin. He shivered. He realized he hadn't felt anything in the last few minutes, like his mind was an appendage that had fallen asleep and it was just getting its feeling back.

Christopher knew his life had just changed in an irreversible way. He also knew that it was inevitable. His fourteen years of living led up to this one moment of fatal violence. He knew that from this moment forward, he would live a completely different life. A second life. He wasn't sad about this fact. He wasn't happy either. It just was. It couldn't have been avoided from the moment he awoke to who he who he really was, the day he figured out the difference between the existence he was living and the existence he was supposed to live.

*****

"Hon, are you okay?"

Christopher recognized the voice. He'd seen and heard her through the kitchen window. She was a hunched, overweight, chain-smoker who always wore flowered housecoats and ran a daycare out of her trailer for the toddlers of park parents who worked during the week. Her trailer sat cat-corner to his. She stood in her doorway, lit harshly by her sharp porch light. He took another pull on the cigarette. His body started to vibrate, to buzz as she lumbered across the road. She hesitated at his bottom step and she looked him over. Her breathing was labored...

 

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1May/180

Regaining Momentum in Fiction

When life gets in the way and you have to set a fiction project aside for a while, it can be tough to pick it back up again. Writing is sometimes a game of momentum. Here are a quick of couple of ideas for how to get the creative flow back when your project has been on hold.

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