GRVL unveils jersey with performance data woven into pattern for Gravel World Championships

Anyone who qualifies for the World Championships at The Gralloch qualifying event can purchase the jersey with its unique pattern that represents performance data

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The lines on GRVL's Team GB kit represent performance data for individual riders

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The lines on GRVL's Team GB kit represent performance data for individual riders

Clothing brand GRVL has created a unique Team GB kit for any riders who qualify for the Gravel World Championships at The Gralloch qualifying event.

Like most kits for a World Championship event, it has performance in mind, except in a slightly different way to what you may expect. Each jersey has coloured lines waving across the belly but these are there for far more than just looks. The lines represent performance data from The Gralloch that is distinctive to each individual rider. GRVL hasn’t confirmed what this data is but riders will be able to identify their data line through another unique design element, morse code, while the thickness of the lines will represent a rider’s age category.

“This limited-edition jersey print is individual to every rider that achieves qualification at The Gralloch UCI Gravel World Series,” GRVL says on the product page.

“The distinctive graphic design represents specific performance data from every qualifier recovered after the race. Qualifying riders will be able identify their data by locating their initials through morse code and line thickness depicting age category.”

Beyond the unique design, the jersey is built for performance in other ways, such as the “pro aero fit”. Aerodynamics has seeped beyond the realms of road cycling into gravel riding too, so it’s not too surprising that the jersey has aero elements, including the textured fabric on the sleeves “to aid airflow”. The jerseys also feature three rear pockets with stretch mesh material.

The new jerseys are also joined by new bib shorts, although GRVL has followed a more simple design for these. There’s no performance data woven in, with the shorts adoring a navy blue colour.

The Gralloch, scheduled for Saturday 18 May in Scotland, is a part of the Gravel World Series and is a qualifying event for the UCI Gravel World Championships, which will take place in Belgium in October. The top 25% of finishers in each age category will qualify for the October showpiece, and some could be sporting a jersey with their performance data on. There are 11 age categories in total for both males and females, starting at 19-34 all the way up to 80-84.

Although the race hasn’t been run just yet, the kit is already available on GRVL’s website. Both the men’s and women’s jerseys are available for £89.99, while the bib shorts are selling for £94.99. GRVL says that the kit will be shipped to customers in August.

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