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Portland State’s cycling team has the second-coolest kit in the nation

Posted by on May 14th, 2019 at 2:34 pm

(Designed by Portland-based graphic artist and photographer Gavin Rear. Photos by Gavin Rear.)

A kit designed in Portland (by Gavin Rear) and made by a Portland-based company (Castelli US) for a Portland-based team has been singled out for recognition by America’s sanctioning body for bicycle racing.

USA Cycling announced last week that the Portland State University Cycling Team earned runner-up honors for Best Kit of 2019. The inaugural contest was held via USA Cycling’s Instagram where followers chose their favorite team kits from 64 teams around the country. (The winner was Colorado School of Mines, also made by Castelli.)

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(Photos by Joe Flannery)

Here’s what the team had to say about their great looking kit:

“When we were working on the new kit design our goal was to create something that could be raced in after the collegiate season was over. A piece that wouldn’t feel out of place at the local races, whether it was cyclocross or road. One of our teammates took the photos at one of our favorite roads for team rides. The new kit came alive amongst the greenery during the photo shoot. We also have a favorite sock combo for this kit, which are the matcha digi camo socks made by The Athletic. The Athletic is a local sock company that has been supporting PSU Cycling for many years, so we try our best to show off their socks as much as we can.”

The PSU Cycling Team competes in the NW Collegiate Cycling Conference where they were crowned Division Champs in 2014 and 2014. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Great work, Gavin!

pdx2wheeler
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Looks nice, but I don’t understand the appeal of wearing kit when riding around town. I feel bad when I pass those guys. I’m happy just being your average Fred…

Mark Remy
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I just came here to say “kit.”

Kit, kit, kit!

Carrie
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Based on perusing the Instagram feeds of all the top contenders in this kit race, it’s too bad that women don’t race bikes at the collegiate level. Oh wait, they do, but you’d never know it from what people choose to show as representative of their sport.

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Middle of The Road Guy

Price is going up 10% next year!

Wylie
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Wylie

Currently going to PSU and cannot for the life of me figure out how to meet up or ride with anyone on the psu cycling team. I’m not even fully convinced that they exist

mark
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Disappointed with the majority of these comments. It’s no wonder some folks are reluctant to give cycling a go; they might get judged for wearing the “wrong” clothes!

Can we give props to our local design talent for the national recognition? I’ve seen some of Gavin’s other work, and have been much impressed with his eye for detail.

BTW, I’ve only seen Gavin in a stretchy bike outfit once. The hundred or so other times I’ve seen him, he’s been wearing regular clothes and he uses his bike for transportation.

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John Lascurettes
Used to work with a guy who is a nationally-ranked track racer. He wore his kit on the way to work because he found interval training (racing between red lights) as one of the best ways to stay in shape in the off season.Recommended 7

I took a sabbatical this summer and was shocked at how much my fitness declined when I didn’t have the daily double sprint to work and sprint home. I’m back at work now, but with a shorter commute and still feel like I’ve lost fitness…

Maddy
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Maddy

Gorgeous designs! I zero understand the shade being thrown. These racers get to wear stunning kit designed by a super talented local. Yay!!!

Chris
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Something positive to report and people gotta hate. Seriously check yourself, haters. Who cares if someone wants to wear lycra around town? Who cares if they don’t? Why are you being all judgy? Are you that perfect?

Vince
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What is the fascination with black cycling clothing? Not only is derivative from a design standpoint, it’s functional camouflage on a dark Oregon day.