What is a Clydesdale?
The Clydesdale horse inspired this beautifully designed, plus size cycling jersey. We were inspired by the use of a Clydesdale in an Amish farm in rural Indiana. The strength demonstrated by this big draft horse is truly amazing as a working breed. You can see them working in the organic farm fields of the Amish people. The Clydesdale horse, came from the farms in Clydesdale, Scotland. The Clydesdale is an immensely strong, barrel-chested horse. It was originally bred for hauling and doing farm work and is still used for these purposes today. The Hardy Drafter cycling jersey tries to capture the strength and essence of strength and stamina within the Clydesdale horse.
The Clydesdale term is used to describe "big" athletes, and now there are competitive divisions in big races which categorize people based on weight minimums outlined in the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules. Athletes competing in the Clydesdale division must be a minimum of 220 pounds and athletes in the Athena division must be a minimum of 165 pounds. Clydesdale & Athena National Championships.