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"New standards in aero and speed": Le Col partners with McLaren’s aerodynamicists for Project Aero collection

The new Aero Speedsuit is claimed to have tested 32 seconds faster than World Tour-leading speedsuits over 40km at 300W…

Le Col has revealed its new Project Aero cycle clothing collection which has been co-developed with McLaren’s aerodynamicists and tested in the wind tunnel. The British brand says that Project Aero “combines aerodynamic engineering with technical apparel to deliver kit that redefines fast“. 

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“Implementing McLaren’s aero research on boundary layers, the Le Col x McLaren Project Aero Collection’s detailed approach to mapping every millimetre has driven advances in aerodynamic performance and broken new ground in cycling,” says Le Col.

The collection has been tested and validated by McLaren.

Let’s check out the kit in the Le Col x McLaren Project Aero line up…

Aero SS Jersey, £170

2021 Le Col x McLaren Project Aero SS Jersey women

This race jersey has been reshaped using Mclaren’s aerodynamic expertise, resulting in 6W savings at 40km/h versus a World Tour Short Sleeve jersey, claims Le Col.

Strategically placed air tripping front panelling and what's called high-speed lycra “disrupts airflow and smooths the path of air past leading-edge surfaces, enhancing efficiency on the bike,” says Le Col.

2021 Le Col x McLaren Project Aero SS Jersey men

Debossed and double sublimated logos keep this jersey aero, while elasticated banding at the sleeve and silicone waist grippers ensure it stays securely in place.

The men’s version is available here, and the women’s here.

Aero Speedsuit – Men’s and Women’s, £350

2021 Le Col x McLaren Project Aero

The Le Col x McLaren Project Aero Speedsuit promises to reduce drag, and the brands claim that it has tested faster than many World Tour skinsuits in a wind tunnel environment.

The aero claims are:

  • Tests 32 seconds faster than World Tour-leading speedsuits over 40km at 300W
  • 6W saving at 35km/h vs World Touring-leading skinsuits
  • 10W saving at 35km/h vs best-selling aero short sleeve jersey

“Constructed and technically mapped to match the contours of the rider in aggressive positions, this speedsuit blends Elite Italian Tripping fabrics, textured with dimples and dual densities over the arm to break up airflow at the leading edge and manage its flow around the body,” says Le Col.

2021 Le Col x McLaren Project Aero Speedsuit details

A front covered zip is included for reduced drag and two low profile aero pockets are also included.

The men’s version is available here, while the women's version can be pre-ordered for delivery in July here.

Aero Socks, £35

2021 Le Col x McLaren Project Aero socks

These Aero Socks are said to have been refined to offer compressive and wind tunnel-proven air tripping fabrics.

Aero Channelled Speed fabrics are used for the upper and pre-applied bonded grippers to ensure a secure positioning, says Le Col.

The sock bed uses a reinforced toe box for durability, while the hex construction is designed to deliver breathability.

These are available here.

Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.

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