AC Mardennes Elite Bib
We’ve been chomping at the bit to make a Classics-style kit for some time, but the industry-wide obsession with the Belgian tricolor and the Vlaamse Leeuw gave us pause. Has the Lion of Flanders jumped the shark? Perhaps. While researching the Amstel Gold Race, the first of the Ardennes Classics, we read up on the tiny sliver of Dutch hill country the race takes place in: Limburg. A chunk of ground with history deeper than most anyone can remember, traded between kings, presidents, parliaments, dukes, and dictators, tucked between Flanders and Germany.
Turns out, Limburg also has a lion. And a tricolor. What better way to commemorate the unheralded Classic? With our friends at DNA Cycling, we set to work splaying the new classic livery on Italian lycra. This is the Mardennes kit, our bad portmanteau paired with excellent design.
The DNA Cycling Elite bib is an Italian-made medium-weight six-panel bibshort. Lay-flat, AC-branded straps, a wide gripper with light compression to prevent muffin-topping, and an EIT chamois all add up to a comfortable, minimal bib that pairs perfectly with the rest of the Mardennes kit.