I love this time of year. The Spring Classics start, the sun starts to warm up and stays out longer making evening rides enjoyable. Best of all is all the new cycling clothing to oggle at, maybe even buy. The design of Rapha’s latestst short sleeve jerseys has to be my favourite at the moment.
Trade Team Jersey
This set of three jerseys celebrates the 1974 Giro in which Eddy Merckx rode and won for Molteni, Italian Gianbattista Baronchelli came second riding for SCiC and then World Champion Felice Gimondi came third racing for Bianchi-Campagnolo. These jerseys are made from the same merino-blend Fabric as the Rapha Classic Jersey and have several embroideries and individual nicknames on the front mimicking the sponsor logos of each team. There’s also a specially designed ’57 – podia corsa’ motif on the back. I’d happily have all three, wonder if i can have my name embroidered into them? Visit Rapha for the full details on the Trade Team jersey.
Made from Sportwool fabric which has been worn by a team of Rapha riders taking on Paris-Brest-Paris this jersey is just made for those about to take on an Audax. It features high-visibility stripes, one in colour and the other in perforated Schoeller fabric, hi-vis trim on the cuffs, reflective armband, water-resistant zipped chest pocket for brevet cards and three large pockets. It come supplied with a hi-visibility windproof vest with an offset zip. This jersey is made for the audacious. See more on the Brevet jersey on Rapha’s site.
A Rapha favourite, the Club jersey has three new colours inspired by three Italian Classics: The 300km of Milan-Sanremo, the falling leaves of the Giro di Lombardia and the gravel roads of the Strade Bianche. Speaking of Strade Bianche, watch Sagan, Cancellara, Wiggins and Valverde on the dusty roads of Tuscany tomorrow (Sat 8th March). Also made from Sportwool this jersey is a good choice for riding throughout most of the year. Full details on the Club jersey.
Take a peek at the Rapha Spring Summer look book for more photos like this and highlights of the full range of men and women’s clothing.
We are big fans of Matthew Burton’s work. Then he did this! Which is just about the coolest t-shirt about to be made – as far as mixed up homages go! Being a kid growing up in the 80′s it was hard not to hear Iron Maiden being played or, anyone riding around the culdesac being called Eddy Merckx. So combining the two and calling it Run to the Hills is genius, putting on a tee is legendary. Matt reckons they will be done and in his hands by the end of next week. Keep your eyes peeled here.
Donkey Label have upped the game for 2014, with a fresh new look, website and some great products. The biggest addition is bib shorts and from what I’ve seen they’re looking good. Alongside the bibs is a lovely line-up of new jersey designs and a whole lot more. Go check out the growing company that is Donkey label, as they say, be on the DL. Here for more.
With a little over a month to go until the first ever on April 5-6th, the show organisers have today announced that one of South Wales’ favourite cycling sons, 2012 World Champion and reigning Paralympic Champion Mark Colbourne, will be taking part in the show. So make sure you get in on the action of the first of a Welsh thing. Go here for more info www.welshcycleshow.com. Tickets are available to buy online at £10 for adults and £5 for U15s. Cycling clubs are also encouraged to get in touch for group booking deals for tickets bought online before March 14th.
I saw this floating around last week and the image has been on my desktop for a while and the more I look at it, the more inspired I think it is. I don’t know who thought of it, or who I can credit, just one of those legendary shared images. I’ve managed to collect two old toothbrushes and will be putting this idea into practice and see what the outcome is. What I really like is that DIY solution to a real problem of cleaning a dirty chain. Anyone else tried this?
Condor have launched a Route Club to share all of the routes that they enjoy. The rides/routes may just be training routes, fun rides, fast or slow. Anywhere that reminds you why you love cycling!
“Each route has a profile, a downloadable GPX file for your Garmin Edge unit and a downloadable set of instructions (cue sheet) that has been sized to fit neatly onto your top tube or back pocket.
Our rides also feature rider tips, which vary from places to stop at and admire the view to establishments that serve exceptional coffee or cake (if you are that way inclined). Our deeply competitive Rapha Condor JLT pro riders have also added a few of their favourite loops and set some gold standard times for certain sections or climbs.”
Currently you can view routes from Rapha Condor JLT riders, Felix English, Kristian House, Richard Handley and Tom Southam (former Rapha rider now based in Bristol). We are really looking forward to seeing more routes and can expect one from Tao Geoghegan Hart in the near future.
Our friends over at Manual for Speed have released a “capsule collection” with ICNY Sport, on an evolution of the SPEED concept. Based on Op Art, the graphic treatment embeds the word SPEED in a series of contradicting lines and repeated. Using 3M Reflective Ink®, the shirt and bandana provide Wearable Visibility Technology (WVT) for human athletes, commuter and #flashselfiests in need of visibility.
You can find the t-shirt here and bandana here. But check out the main site for awesome photo journalism.
The wonderful Bunyan Velo has got rad. Issue 4 is now available for online perusal for free or as a pay for PDF. If you’re not looking or reading this, just check the images, you should be and one of the most inspiring publications out right now. Why? Because it really does capture the spirit of cycling, something that is often lost in the mainstream, not that it’s a bad thing, just good news we have these great journals to seek inspiration from. Go read here.