It's already time to start planning for the next season - upgrades to your ride, tweaks to your training. But what about the most important pre-season decision your team needs to make - what is your kit going to look like for next season? Thanks to our partner Capo Custom clothing, ordering your team kit could be the one thing you get taken care of way in advance. Simply enter our contest and your 2010 team kit could be courtesy of Capo.
The Grand Prize for our fall sweepstakes is a full set of team clothing for your club. The set includes 25 custom printed short-sleeved jerseys and 25 bib shorts. If you're our winner, you'll be kitted out in our new high-end Super Corsa Custom series:
The Capo® (in-line and casual) and Capo Custom® cycling apparel brands are wholly owned and operated by Upland Sports Group (USG) in the United States. USG was founded in 2002 with the intent of bringing high-quality, European cycling products to bicycle retailers and their customers throughout North America and Australia. USG is headquartered in Emeryville, California with manufacturing partnerships in Italy, the USA and Canada.
USG originally focused on importing and distributing Italian-made cycling products and has represented several Italian brands to include Bergamo Cycling Apparel, De Marchi Sport, Nalini and DMT Cycling Shoes, Elite a nd SOMEC brands.
During 2004, USG founders Gary Vasconi and Robert Carbone saw a widening gap within the apparel market, specifically within the high-end road vertical. Capitalizing on USG's growing network of dealers and in working closely with them, USG began the process of developing the Capo and Capo Custom brands to satisfy the needs of the discerning end-user and specialty retailer. Now through its Capo brand, USG is able to offer more viable turns at the retail level, a more satisfied end-user who sees greater value in their technical apparel and a unique style presented to the industry with a broad inline collection.
The first products that Capo developed were technical cycling socks and casual apparel in 2005. The full offering of inline, custom cycling and triathlon apparel was introduced at InterBike 2006. During this time, USG has earned the respect of several high-profile teams, high-end IBDs and OEM partners for whom they manufacture custom kits.
"I believe our main advantage is that we own our brand", comments Gary Vasconi. "Yes, we are the importer and distributor of Capo and Capo Custom in the US but as owners of both brands we control 100% of all design, development and manufacturing. This allows us to work closely with our customers to develop the correct products for any market based on end user and retail requirements and demands. Also, as the market has changed over the last five years it is imperative that apparel suppliers are able to produce inline and custom apparel for both on and off the bicycle requirements. This is exactly what we do; for us, cycling is not just a sport it's a lifestyle!"Check out some of our latest reviews of Capo clothing: