Maintaining base fitness
As the days grow shorter and the mornings colder, this is the kit that will help get you out the door and onto the roads.
Wear it like a champion
An Australian national champ in both road racing and cyclocross, with a nineteen-year gap between those titles, Allan ‘Alby’ Iacuone has never lost his racer’s heart. We asked him about his go-to kit for this time in the season, and his knowledge and passionate advice is well worth heeding:
“The crits are all done and the summer’s over, so now the road season is kicking off with local races, then states and nationals. I’m actually heading into the cross season but for the road guys, it’s all about keeping that fitness they’ve built up over the summer. Road races here aren’t actually that long – maybe 120km, or 140km on weekend stage races – so I’d advise keeping training rides at around four or five hours, then work on intensity, power and the short sharp threshold stuff on the ergo once or twice a week too.
Once the weather changes and the days get shorter, your motivation can get a little low. Getting out the door prepared is the best way. When the season is changing, I like to be overcautious with my kit in regards to the weather. For the early morning starts when it’s still pretty cold before the sun comes up, those Pro Team Softshell Gloves are unbelievable. They’re not bulky or thick but they keep the wind out. I’ll always take those with me.
For an outer layer, I’m always torn between a gilet and a race cape. The Pro Team Race Cape is bombproof. It’s for pretty hardcore weather only but doesn’t fold up as small, so that new rain gilet is awesome for when you’re racing or working hard. I like to keep my shoulders warm when training, so I also have a race cape with the sleeves cut off.
Another bit of kit for the wet is the Pro Team Rain Overshoes. When it’s winter I pretty much don’t leave without them. They’re nice and light, and keep the wind and rain out. Finally, the base layer. I’ll wear the Pro Team mesh base layers from 12 degrees upwards, which is pretty much all the time here! I wear the sleeveless ones when it’s hot, and they’re great because they dry really quickly.
I’ve tried pretty much every bit of kit going because I ride every day and I might be out there for four, five, or even six hours. I know what I like and what works for me, and I recommend you do the same.”