Gore Bike Wear is a cycling apparel company owned by W. L. Gore & Associates of Newark, New Jersey. The company, established by Wilbert (Bill) Lee Gore and his wife Genevieve in 1958 are best known for their waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex fabrics. Although Bill Gore had spent much of his early career working in a seemingly related field for DuPont (of lycra fame) the company’s initial success was built of a patent for insulating electrical wires.
While Gore is now a vast multinational operation, with interests in everything from electrochemical products and pharmaceuticals to medical supplies and works with heavy industry and the military, it remains a warm, huggable company. Gore constantly wins ‘best workplace’ and ‘best employer’ awards and has pioneered a flat management structure since its inception. Gore Bike Wear is the beneficiary of all of this huge multi-national’s combined creativity, innovation and engineering expertise. The range utilises the company’s proprietary Gore-Tex and Wind-Stopper technologies, as well as a range of other technical fabrics, to create clothing that very specifically meets the needs of cyclists.
Gore Bike Wear offer a number of different ranges for female cyclists. ‘Xenon’ is aimed at race-oriented road cyclists and promises a good fit even if you spend a long time in ‘extreme positions’. ‘Alps X’ is another range aimed at the more dedicated rider and claims to be able to cope with the varying weather conditions faced by endurance mountain bikers. At the more casual end of the ranges ‘Countdown’ is aimed at passionate weekend cyclists.