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Champion System: custom apparel like no other

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21 Mar 2018
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This feature was produced in association with Champion System

Serving hundreds of clubs throughout the UK, Champion System has been making waves in the technical apparel market internationally since its launch in 2005.

Offering top-quality hand-made cycling clothing using European fabrics and modern construction techniques, the company has developed and refined its garments in collaboration with some of the sport’s leading professionals.

Chief among them are WorldTour team UAE Team Emirates, featuring such star names as Ben Swift, Dan Martin and former UCI World Champion Rui Costa.

However, Champion System’s kit isn’t only for the pros – if you’re a member of a club or amateur team, or even just a bunch of cycling mates, you can benefit too.

Thanks to the firm’s efficient collaborative approach and straightforward online set-up, it’s extremely easy for you to create your own unique, bespoke kit.

You're guided through the process by Champion System’s expert designers – with all items fully sublimated in virtually any design you can think of.

And with low minimum requirements, it’s very affordable even for small orders.

Champion System also understands that we’re not all skinny racing whippets, so its entire range is available in a huge selection of sizes.

Aside from size options, you can opt for longer leg lengths and different chamois options, different collar heights on jerseys, and various cuts to suit different body shapes and performance requirements – not to mention the entire range is available in a women-specific cut.

We’ve picked out a selection of items from the pinnacle Apex range to give a small taste of what Champion System can do, but you can see the full range over at champsys.uk.

Apex Aero Jersey

For those who want a jersey that will help them perform at the highest level, the Apex Aero – as worn by UAE Team Emirates – combines a close racing fit with aerodynamic fabrics strategically placed for optimum performance and comfort.

The front panel uses soft, lightweight CS Elite™ lycra blend for a streamlined fit, with four-way stretch CS Tech Mesh™ side panels for ventilation.

The rear shoulders and sleeves is where the real magic is delivered via the use of their CS Dimple™ fabric.

Specifically engineered to maximise aerodynamic efficiency, its textured design is optimised to reduce wind drag.

It’s quite the feat to make such highly technical performance apparel so accessible to the club scene where it can be completely customised with your own branding.

But that’s what the brand is about, to allow you to ‘be your own brand’.

Apex Carbon Bibshorts

The perfect companion piece to the Apex Aero Jersey, the Apex Carbon Bibshorts are 100% constructed for performance and comfort.

The close-fitting Carbon fabric used in the leg panels is constructed for maximum compression, improving comfort and endurance on long rides by ensuring thigh muscle stability to minimise fatigue, while its thermo-regulating properties help maintain optimum muscle temperature for performance.

High-compression CS Contour™ lycra is used for the side and rear panels, enhancing fit and function. Further improving comfort, there’s a choice of three chamois pads so you can guarantee a good fit.

Available in sizes XS-4XL, in men’s and women’s cuts and with a longer leg option.

Rear Zip Speedsuit

World records have been smashed in Champion System speedsuits and the company continues to make these same suits worn by WorldTour athletes accessible to all levels of cyclist seeking uncompromised performance.

Made from wind tunnel-tested CS Dimple™ fabric developed in conjunction with Swiss company Eschler, this speedsuit fits like a second skin and glides through the air like a rocket.

The surface is designed to encourage airflow over and around the body, helping riders gain those crucial extra seconds.

Pre-shaped skin-fit arms and a four-way-stretch TT chamois are ergonomically shaped to fit while in the tucked TT riding position.

And, of course, the fabrics have been specifically developed to facilitate high-quality sublimation. 

Weather Guard SS Jersey

Look out for this jersey being worn by top pro racers in the spring Classics.

Offering many of the same performance benefits of the Apex Aero Jersey, yet designed to protect you when racing in harsh, cold spring conditions, it’s constructed of CS Weather Guard™ fabric.

This three-layer bonded fleece-backed material is not only windproof and water-resistant (rated to 5m), it’s also highly breathable (rated to 15,000g/m2) to help you regulate your core temperature in changeable conditions.

And unlike many similar garments, Champion System has developed the Weather Guard to be fully printable using sublimation techniques, so you can proudly display your club or team colours when riding, whatever the conditions.

Apex Summer Race Suit

Champion System lays claim to being the pioneer of the all-in-one race suit.

First launched in 2007 for crit racers, it was soon adopted by road racers for use on long, mountainous events, for its comfort and aerodynamics, ideal for maintaining top level performance over an extended period.

Designed for use in hot summer conditions, it is constructed of two fabrics: the front, sleeves and side panels are CS Tech Mesh™, an aero-mesh fabric with millions of tiny holes to help keep you cool, while the rear is CS Contour™ lycra, which offers a high level of UV protection to keep the sun off your back.

It’s very impressive to have such a high performing race suit, built for intense conditions to be fully customisable – so you can ride like a pro while displaying your own club’s colours.