Winter’s Knocking

Words:
Josh Duggan
Photography:
Matt Slade

Up to the task, the weather is no longer an excuse.


The MAAP Deep Winter collection has been designed to keep you moving, even when the elements are against you. Winter cycling could be the necessary evil you push through to keep your form hot for summer, or you might be a seasoned pro who thrives in the sub zero temperatures; either way, being equipped with the right technical apparel is essential.

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The MAAP Deep Winter collection has been designed to keep you moving, even when the elements are against you. Winter cycling could be the necessary evil you push through to keep your form hot for summer, or you might be a seasoned pro who thrives in the sub zero temperatures; either way, being equipped with the right technical apparel is essential.



Welcoming Winter


Whatever’s waiting outside for you, our new Deep Winter capsule will have you prepared to open the door.

Mountains are a little different in Australia. The picture-perfect alpine panoramas readily available in Europe aren’t exactly around the corner for most of us. But nestled in Victoria's High Country is Bright, a cyclist’s paradise located 350km north of Melbourne. With access to Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buffalo, amongst others, it’s a magnet for off-season pros, and the perfect training ground for mountain goats or the rest of us mere mortals.

Riding the type of long scenic climbs that paint our TV screens in July suddenly becomes attainable with only a few hours spent in the car. Switchbacks, mountain vistas, steep grades. We headed up the highway with a bundle of our new Deep Winter kit, in search of high peaks, rough weather and long days in the saddle.

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If you were looking for Deep Winter in Australia, there’s nowhere else better to find it. A haven for lovers of snow sports, it’s not just cyclists who flock there. With changeable temperatures between -6 and 15 degrees Celsius, it’s the perfect testing ground.


Rain doesn’t just come down sideways, it starts to fall upwards. Brisk winds blow, knocking out what little warmth you had left. Snow-capped peaks stand tall above you, ghastly warning signs for those who are still yet to realise that these are conditions not to be fickle with.

With five days of rolling green valleys to tear though, the fiercest of climbs to battle up and wild elements to take on, our new collection was put to the test. We’ve detailed the conditions we endured as a framework to assist you in selecting the appropriate winter products to take on the season ahead.

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The Apex Winter Jacket


A pro-fit winter jacket to shield from the elements, keeping you warm and dry through the coldest and wettest of training sessions.

The Apex Winter Jacket utilises a 4-way stretch fabric for supreme fit, permanent waterproofing that won’t wash away, brushed waffle internal fabric for warmth and fully taped seams to keep the rain out.

The fully waterproof and windproof 3 layer bonded fabric features a C_change® proprietary membrane from Schoeller in Switzerland with variable breathability, reacting to the changes of your body temperature, increasing ventilation by up to 50% during high levels of activity, then closing during periods of rest or on cold descents.


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The Apex Deep Winter Tights


All new winter tights to aid you in taking on the elements. Featuring a combination of 3 fabrics strategically placed to offer optimum wind and water protection during deep winter training sessions.

The Apex Deep Winter Tights utilise windproof fabric panels starting below the knees, running upward through the thighs to the hips. Additional full length DWR treatment provides optimum protection in the locations most exposed to the elements.

Our brushed thermal fleece fabric also features an antimicrobial carbon thread and is used across the hips, hamstrings and back of the knees to simultaneously improve thermoregulation, flexibility and breathability.


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Long Sleeves


The versatility of a long sleeve jerseys during the change of seasons is invaluable, offering additional warmth, plus light wind and water protection. Our Training LS Jersey and Encore Pro LS Jerseys feature Our extremely soft, pre-dyed thermal brushed fabrics with our DWR coating to keep you dry in light showers.

The Training LS Jersey is a mid-weight brushed fleece, perfect for cool conditions when out pushing the tempo.

The Encore LS Jersey is a heavy-weight brushed fleece, offering more warmth as an outer layer on cool mornings or in mild climates.

Layer with a short sleeve, pair with a vest or jacket, for additional protection from the elements.

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Neo Gloves & Booties


Don’t let the rain be an excuse. A winter essential, our low volume Japanese Neoprene provides protection from wind and rain where you need it most.

Designed for cool to cold conditions, stay in control with our Deep Winter Neo Gloves and Overshoes that keep you warm, even when wet.

The Deep Winter Neo Gloves feature a dual density embossed palm, reducing road vibration and strain, ensuring you stay in control no matter the conditions.

Our Deep Winter Neo Overshoes feature fully taped toe and heel seams combined with our zippless design, to help prevent water ingress.

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