Castelli goes as far back as 1876 when tailor Vittore Gianni, in the heart of Milan clothed many Italian teams including AC Milan, Juventus and the Milan Ballet. It wasn’t until 1910 that the first item of cycling clothing was made for five-time Giro champion Alfredo Binda.
Maurizio Castelli was born in 1948, and grew up following the races of Fausto Coppi, a close friend with Maurizio's father who was the then owner of Vittore Gianni. Coppi always wore Vittore Gianni clothing, including the first silk skin suits designed for Fausto’s time trials. When Fausto Coppi won the Giro d’Italia in 1940, at age 20, it was only after he came to Castelli and challenged him to come up with lighter clothing that would lessen his weight so he could race faster up the famed Alp d’Huez. It was because of this challenge that cycling jerseys were revolutionized: the garment was converted from a wool item to a silk one. Wearing this innovative cycling jersey, Coppi won the Giro.
In 1974, Armando Castelli's son, Maurizi, founded the Castelli brand and since that moment many firsts would follow: the first lycra shorts used in racing and sold to the public, the first coloured shorts, the first sublimation printed jerseys, the first synthetic winter clothing, the first use of windproof membranes, the first hydrophilic fabric treatments, the first anatomic seatpad, the lightest jersey ever produced, and the most aerodynamic jersey ever produced.
Unfortunately Maurizio Castelli died in 1995 while cycling up the Cipressa Climb, the next-to-last hill in the Milan-San Remo course. Maurizio's vision was to be at the forefront of technology, performance and design and to this day Castelli is dedicated to achieving this vision which shows in many of the great products they have designed like the Gabba jersey, Poggio jacket and Velocissimo shorts to name just a few.
With their great deigns and technology Castelli will continue to be the choice of many Pro and amateur cyclists for many years to come!