Brancale Heritage

Brancale has a long and rich heritage in cycling. The company is perhaps best known for its leather "hairnet" helmets that were a mainstay in the professional peloton in the second half of the 20th century.

Several memorable victories from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s featured Brancale products.

1960s-70s - Brancale is founded in Italy in 1969 as a boutique shoe manufacturer. In 1974, the company began producing its iconic leather "hairnet" helmets and these quickly became commonplace in the professional peloton.  

1980s - Brancale products expand to include some of the earliest aerodynamic time trial helmets, cycling shoes designed specifically for the new "clipless" pedals as well as cycling gloves and other accessories. Its products are used by winners of the Tour de France and other significant European races.

1990s - Winner of the Giro d'Italia uses Brancale products. The European peleton continues to rely on Brancale leather "hairnet" helmets and cycling shoes. Brancale dominates the Italian helmet market.