Although it’s a little known brand in the UK, Kalas has been around since 1991. It was founded by Czech cyclist Čestmír Kalaš and originally provided garments for Assos. After five years it went its own way, starting to produce garments in its own name in 1995.
British Cycling’s Chief Operations Officer Jamie Obank says:
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“We sought a company which could provide cost-effective, high quality and innovative clothing, in addition to being able to respond to the changing requirements of our athletes and the team.”
Kalas says it’s now one of the leading producers of cycle clothing in central and northern Europe, manufacturing over 400,000 customised cycling products and creating 5000 custom designs a year. Fabrics are cut, printed and sewn in-house in the Czech Republic using fabrics sourced from Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland.
Kalas says that innovation is in its DNA and that it works with professional athletes and with renowned research institutions, such as the Technical University of Liberec to create clothing that meets the highest requirements for functionality and comfort. It already supplies clothing to the Czech National Cycling Team and the Wanty-Groupe Gobert pro continental team, amongst others.
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Responding to the brand’s selection, Kalas co-owner Jakub Věncek said:
“We are honoured to be chosen by British Cycling ahead of some more famous companies. It is a unique and exciting partnership for us both and we are fully committed to developing new products with British Cycling as well as a fresh new GBCT inspired range for the fans. We look forward to revealing the new GBCT kit design in January that we are confident is going to be very popular with the fans.”