Introducing the new Castelli Cafe Hypnotize Jersey, a strictly limited-edition design based on Castelli's AR 4.1 race jersey and available exclusively through Castelli Cafe.
The AR 4.1 is a remarkable jersey that's just about perfect for every rider. It saves approximately 12W at 40kmph compared to Castelli's standard fit jerseys, but its snug, rather than tight fit suits a much wider range of body shapes than the Aero Race 5.1. It's also light, breathable and wicks sweat effortlessly without being too draughty. It gets a Z collar with a protective flap – intentionally offset and dropped for added comfort – while out back, Castelli has also added a zippered pocket to keep your keys safe and angled the other pockets for easier access.
In short, the AR 4.1 is really the only jersey you need for training and sportives as well as chain gangs, races and looking fabulous at your mid-ride coffee stop. Now you can look even more striking, thanks to this new and exclusive Castelli Cafe version.
Castelli Cafe maestro, Adrian Yate, explains how the design of our exclusive Hypnotize colourway stemmed from one of those long solo bike rides where the repeated line of a song spirals inexorably through your mind.
"As the lyrics of 'The Windmills of Your Mind' circled through my consciousness, it became apparent that the song is not only the perfect representation of a bike ride but also the very process of picking over a song stuck in a loop as the pedals turn.
"I found myself changing the words as I rode along, tweaking the lyrics to my cycling situation, and in doing so, it struck me that we could create a limited-edition design to represent the hypnotic quality of music lodged in the brain while cycling.
"From there, it was just a case of Castelli Servizio Corse manager, Darren Gumm, getting it out of my head and onto a jersey!"
The finished design certainly nails that sense of cycling's mysterious power to inspire and hypnotise in equal measure. The arresting spirals of black and white are complemented by flashes of Italian red and green, which sweep across the chest and are also pulled out on the collar, right sleeve and middle rear pocket – all in homage to the roots of this iconic Italian brand.