Aaron Gate will step up to ProContinental level in 2017 with a new look kit for Aqua Blue Sport. The Irish outfit that is stepping up into the second tier of the sport for the first time, which will allow them potential access to World Tour racing, released their new kit yesterday.
Martyn Irvine modelled a navy based kit which will be worn by the team in 2017, with gold and white piping at the end of the sleeves and bib shorts. A large chevron – not dissimilar to the new All Blacks away jersey (just saying) – dominates the front and back of the jersey. However, while our New Zealand rugby kit uses the chevron to transition between two theme-colours of their jersey, the Aqua Blue Sport chevron is simply on the foreground of a kit that would otherwise by very Movistar-like.
Keeping to the team’s Irish routes, a gold shamrock logo adorns the upper left side of the jersey and the back of the big short. Some elements of a team’s kit tell stories, and the chevron and shamrock in particular tell one for the team; signifying their intent as they move forward. In a team statement the team said, “The chevron echoes the name of the team and the scale of their ambition, the path of their direction and the peaks that they will climb. The gold shamrock, a prominent feature, represents the team’s Irish roots with the gold colour symbolising the team’s ambition as much as its origins.”
Team sponsors Vermarc Sport and Knight Composites are acknowledged on the right breast of the jersey, with the release of the 2017 kit also coinciding with the announcement that Knight Composites will be the team’s race wheel supplier while Schwalbe will provide Aqua Blue Sport’s tyres.
Team owner, Rick Delaney, said, “We’re excited to reveal our team kit, bringing together many of the ideals that drive our team; our Irish heritage, our pursuit of excellence and our determination to bring a new model of stability and self-sustenance to professional cycling.”