Once you’ve become kit sponsor to the best cycling team in the world, where do you go from there? The South London clubs, of course.
In its new Trade Team Jerseys range, Rapha reworks the classic maroon and gold of the Catford CC, the feared pale blue, red and white of the Sydenham Wheelers, and the classic red, white and black of the Redmon CC (where CW’s editor won his spurs – or shoeplates – all those years ago).
What a beautiful way to pay tribute to those amateur, voluntary organisations that provide the fertile racing environments from which Britain’s next Tour de France winners will spring.
What’s that? Sorry, scratch that – we’ve got it completely wrong. Apparently it’s the 1962 Tour de France podium and the pale blue is the winner Jacques Anquetil’s St Raphaël jersey, the red is runner-up Jozef Planckaert’s Flandria kit and maroon and gold are the BP-Mercier colours of third-placed Raymond Poulidor in his Tour debut, before he moved up to his customary second place.
The jerseys are made from the same merino/polyester blend as Rapha’s Classic jersey, have three pockets plus a zipped valuables pocket, a drawcord hem, and embroidered icons on the rear – a stopwatch for Anquetil, a Lion of Flanders for Planckaert and a heart inside a map of France for ‘Poupou’, the underdog loved best by the fans.
Just in case anyone asks you when you’re lining up at the start of the G10/42 on a Thursday evening. Price is £110.
This article was first published in the May 30 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!