Q36.5 four years strong

It’s that time of year, evenings are drawing in and getting out of bed is more of a challenge. It’s also that time of year when mudguard clad bikes become the norm and it gets harder to choose what kit to ride in. The more observant will also notice that people start to use the more established brands like Assos, Rapha, Castelli and Endura for the technical kit over the more graphic designed made by Moa, Nalini, Pissei summer kits.

I love this time of year, it highlights how good Q36.5 is. Sure when it comes to summer cafe rides I’ll wear the more garish stuff, but with varying temperatures or late season high mountains I wouldn’t consider anything other than Q36.5.

I’ve been working with and using it for four years now and here’s why. The name may not roll off the tongue but Q stands for Quaerere (research, in Latin) and 36.5° is the ideal temperature for the body to perform. This is the key, the focus of the kit is to maintain a rider’s comfort and performance ensuring they can operate in all conditions. None of this research is outsourced, Luigi Bergamo is a world renowned textile genius. The research aspect is carried out in the lab in Bolzano and the surrounding mountains, having the Stelvio down the road comes in very handy at times.

The great thing about this time of year is that I can go out and stay out in the same kit, you won’t see me putting on or taking off layers, I choose the kit based on the outside temperature and it works. I keep my rain jacket in my pocket and I’m good to go. I recently dabbled with another gilet, made from a very expensive fabric and on paper it should be amazing however when I used it the inside was covered in sweat, return to the L1 Essential Vest in the same conditions and unsurprisingly I’m dry. I know that over the next few months in the U.K the only reason or excuse for not riding is my wavering enthusiasm. The support form Q36.5 normally guilt trips me into riding, the new CRUISE EQUIPMENT COLLECTION is perfect for the upcoming Autumn and Winter months. Now even fewer excuses not to ride.

It’s been four years since I met up with Luigi and tried the kit out on the Stelvio, I returned last month to ride with Luigi, Manuel and the team back on the Stelvio in pretty challenging conditions, wet on the lower slopes and snow on the top. Inspired by my two visits, in 2019 I’m going to be running a trip starting in Bolzano, riding for a few days around the home of Q36.5 and soaking up the food and culture of the Sud Tyrol before heading up to the Stelvio and spending a few days riding the classics of the Gavia, Mortirolo and the Stelvio from all sides.

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