Nairo Quintana - Endura: Renegade Stories
Endura and Movistar Team’s Nairo Quintana have been partners for his two greatest victories: the 2014 Giro d’Italia, and, most recently, the 2016 Vuelta a España. It is a marriage of two strikingly different cultures - that of maverick Scottish clothing brand, born on a kitchen table in Edinburgh, and Colombian campesino - but one that thrives on a mutual desire for excellence.“I’m just a campesino, a man from the country, who tries to transmit everything that he has learned to improve the lives of those around me, of my community.”Endura’s headquarters at Livingston is filled with stories of Quintana’s demands for perfection, and of the brand’s ability to meet them. Founder Jim McFarlane once drove a sophisticated body scanning device some 1,300km from Germany to Spain to fit the Colombian for his new kit. Rider and bicycle were duly scanned to push the accuracy of Endura’s virtual garment patterns to new levels of sophistication, eliminating areas of tension with software that revealed ‘hot spots’. Additionally, an unnervingly accurate mannequin, 3D printed to the exact dimensions of the scan - a second ‘Nairo’ - now does duty in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel of aerodynamicist Simon Smart when the man himself is away racing. Smart’s wind tunnel sessions with this 'virtual Nairo', held within the high-security compound of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, have developed Endura's cutting edge skin suits, propelling Quintana's time-trial performances to new heights.