I bought my Castelli Gabba 2 jacket in early 2015 and, after seven seasons of winter abuse, it’s still going strong. That’s what makes it a High-Mileage Hero .
The semi-waterproof and windproof cycling jacket has seen countless Sunday club runs, as well as three years of riding around the bitterly cold Norfolk lanes while at university.
It has also regularly ventured off-road on extended weekend gravel escapades and weekly evening social rides in the dark with friends. On the latter, it’s been a particularly welcome companion for many a post-pub ride home, where you emerge into the unforgiving wilderness of winter after revelling inside in the warm.
It was my loyal companion on a particularly memorable mountain bike sportive in December 2019 called the Dirty Santa, an event that more than lived up to its name. My friend and I were the only riders to turn up on cyclocross bikes , which raised more than a few eyebrows, and the conditions were biblical.
Most of the course around the picturesque Surrey hills involved riding through streams of water, with my friend experiencing a tubeless puncture around 10km in, which meant stopping every kilometre or so to put some more air into the tyre before we could find a shop for an inner tube.
To put into context how miserable the conditions were, it’s one of the only times in my cycling career when I’ve succumbed to using a pressure washer to clean the bike afterwards. The conditions may have been atrocious, but the […]