Spring/Summer 2013

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Photography: Ben Ingham

Welcome to Rapha’s new range for Spring Summer 2013. This year offers a host of new products including kit for the world's leading riders at Team Sky, new fabric technologies, hot-weather products, an expanded range of accessories, rich new colours and reworkings of iconic pieces. Added to this are some new capsule collections, offering original and functional designs and collaborations.

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Rapha creates the finest cycling clothing and accessories in the world, blending style with optimum function and performance. Through a passion for the sport Rapha has built an online emporium of products, publications, films, photography and stories all celebrating the glory and suffering of road riding. Additionally, Rapha has a growing network of Cycle Clubs, locations around the globe for cyclists to enjoy live racing, food, drink, events and Rapha products. And beginning in 2013, Rapha is now the official clothing supplier to Team Sky, the world's leading cycling team.

Corsica: The French Connection

This summer, the island of Corsica will host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France for the first time, the three Corsican stages marking one of the most significant editions of the world’s grandest race: the 100th occasion a group of hopeful riders has set off in search of glory around France. La Centième édition will be one of the toughest Tours in recent years. Corsica, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the most beautiful island in the world, is a fitting opening act for sporting drama of this magnitude.

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Corsica: The French Connection

The ‘Île de Beauté’ has a history every bit as intriguing as that of the Tour itself. Its volcanic nature is reflected in its powerful topographical features and rich history; Napoleon Bonaparte was born here, as was Christopher Columbus. Between the 13th and late-18th centuries, Corsica was ruled by the Republic of Genoa; despite the fact it is closer to Italy, it eventually fell under French rule in 1769. Corsica has continued the struggle to exercise its independence ever since, something that has created within its people a complex and potent identity: even the place names tell you this is no département normal. Corsicans speak their own patois and locals can seem suspicious of outsiders. The summer heat is extreme and the strength of feeling about their right to a degree of autonomy can be seen in those cars with French number plates that occasionally burn by the roadside.

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Corsica: The French Connection

The most mountainous island in the Mediterranean, and the last of the 27 ‘régions’ of France to be included in the Tour, a single chain of mountains runs through its heart. Corsica's tallest peak, Monte Cinto, tops out at 2,706m. Col de Vergio, the highest road pass on the island at 1,478m, is no easy climb in the summer heat but offers stunning vistas out to sea. As well as battling gradients in Corsica, you may also encounter pigs, goats and other animals on the minor roads that criss-cross the island.

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Corsica: The French Connection

The first three stages this summer will include a good deal of climbing; stage two, from Bastia to Ajaccio, includes back-to-back categorised climbs. It may be familiar to race fans from the Tour de Corse, which has run sporadically since 1920 — or, for those with long memories, from the latter stages of several editions of the Paris-Nice in the 1960s. It was during the 'Race to the Sun' of 1964 that Raymond Poulidor, the eternal second to Jacques Anquetil, won the first stage in Corsica from Ajaccio to Porto-Vecchio. The following split stage on the island, a 143km run-in to Bastia and a 34km time trial saw Poulidor two minutes ahead of Anquetil at the top of the Col de Téghime. But, disastrously, 'Poupou' and his Mercier machine collided with a vehicle from the publicity caravan. With bad road rash and no replacement bike, he had to abandon. Later that season he would famously battle with Anquetil shoulder-to-shoulder on the Puy de Dome in front of half a million fans.

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Corsica: The French Connection

As for the group of Rapha riders who travelled to Corsica to shoot the new Spring Summer collection for 2013, their journey started on the shoreline of the Porto-Vecchio canton (Bonaparte’s birthplace). Following the eastern flank of mountains down to the southern point of Bonifacio, they found quiet roads that ran through olive groves and past jagged rocks peppered with pine trees, with views to the island of Sardinia to the south. Whatever happens in the 100th edition of the Tour, and to Corsica’s connection to mainland France, the island will forever remain one of Europe's most idyllic road riding destinations. ●

Training & Racing

Whether you are chasing the break or spinning out on a sunny afternoon, the 2013 training and racing products meet the needs of every rider. As well as the official Team Sky apparel for 2013 there are new products joining the Pro Team, Women's and Hot Weather collections as well as fresh colours on key pieces like the Classic Wind Jacket, the Lightweight Jersey, Club Jersey and the Classic Jersey. There are also new special edition jerseys including the Rapha + Paul Smith Black Jersey celebrating the 'last man' at the Giro d'Italia. And Rapha Condor JLT will continue at the forefront of the UK domestic scene, developing young British talent, racing in their version of Pro Team kit and accessories, soon available at rapha.cc.

See the full Training & Racing collection at rapha.cc

Trade Team

1962 marked the return of trade teams to the Tour de France, to replace the previous national line-ups. This collection of Rapha jerseys and caps celebrate the three teams and riders who topped the podium that year. The 49th edition of the Tour saw Raymond Poulidor of Mercier finish in third in his first Tour, while Belgian Jozef Planckaert of Flandria lost out to Jacques Anquetil of the iconic St Raphaël team, winning a third Tour de France.

  • Red and white – Flandria & Planckaert
  • Yellow and Purple – Mercier & Poulidor
  • Light blue, white and red – St Raphaël & Anquetil

Trade Team Jersey

Special edition jerseys celebrating a vintage year of road racing’s golden era.

Key features:
  • Merino-blend fabric in vintage team colours
  • Embroidered icons
  • Drawcord hem with gripper elastic and lockdown puller
  • Classic three-pocket layout
Colours:
  • Planckaert — Red/white
  • Poulidor — Purple/yellow
  • Anquetil — Light blue/white/red
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Trade Team Cap

A classic four-panel cycling cap celebrating three iconic trade teams.

Key features:
  • 100% cotton
  • Anti-bacterial tape
  • Rider emblem graphics
Colours:
  • Planckaert — Red/white
  • Poulidor — Purple/yellow
  • Anquetil — Light blue/white/red
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Classic Jersey

"The best bike jersey the world has ever seen”
—Bill Strickland, Bicycle Magazine

Early prototypes of the Classic Jersey, the first jersey ever made by Rapha, were tested by some of the hardest cyclists in the world – bike messengers – those 'convicts of the streets' who often clock more miles in a week than pro racers. What first set this pioneering product apart was its appearance. Unlike the normal jerseys adorned with garish logos and painful colours, it was all about simplicity: black with asymmetrical and subtle details. Yet its minimalist exterior concealed technology, function and performance.

Rapha’s obsessive attention to detail and exceptional functionality are perfectly expressed in this product. Eight years later, it is still arguably Rapha's greatest and most versatile jersey. Now the jersey's evolution reaches another phase, with a refined fit it is available in two new colours with corresponding arm warmers and Rapha Caps to match. The legacy continues.

Classic Jersey

The Rapha Classic Jersey is an iconic product, combining high performance with distinctive styling. Rapha's original cycling jersey, it has won many plaudits since it was launched.

Key features:
  • Fully-lined zip with lockdown puller
  • Large cargo pockets
  • Zipped, waterproof valuables pocket
  • Comes with arm warmers

Colours: Blue/white, Black/white, Red/white

Test ride any of Rapha’s Classic products to destruction and if you are not 100% satisfied within 30-days you can return them for a full refund.

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Rapha Cap

The quintessential performance cycling cap. This classically styled cap is made from windproof, water resistant cotton. Highly breathable, it is finished with anti-bacterial tape.

Key features:
  • Highly water resistant, windproof and breathable
  • Moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial tape for maximum comfort
  • Thick elastic fastener for a perfect fit
  • Fully bound seams

Colours: Blue/white, Red/white, Black/white, Black/pink, Black/black, White/black

Buy now (Red)

Due in stock mid-March (Blue)

See the new range at rapha.cc

Classic Wind Jacket

Windproof, water resistant and extremely breathable, this three-season cycling jacket is ideal for riding in changeable conditions. Ultra lightweight, it will pack down small enough to fit into a jersey pocket.

Key features:
  • Lightweight and breathable fabric with windproof coating, water-repellent treatment and four-way stretch
  • Offset zip with reverse coil and chin guard
  • Long-cut back for bike position
  • Dropped tail stitched to prevent the jacket flapping

Colours: Orange, Black, Chartreuse

Test ride any of Rapha’s Classic products to destruction and if you are not 100% satisfied within 30-days you can return them for a full refund.

Buy now

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Lightweight Jersey

Designed for hard, all-day bicycling in hot conditions. The jersey's lightweight fabric provides maximum moisture transfer whilst a full-length zip aids temperature control.

Key features:
  • New merino-blend fabric
  • Side panel construction
  • Full-length zip with chin guard
  • Rear pocket layout with zipped ‘ballast pocket’

Colours: Cream, Fig

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Club Jersey

The Club Jersey is a high-performance product with colourways inspired by three heroes of the sport: Tommy Godwin; Ramon Hoyos; and Gastone Nencini. They are available in three seasonal colourways, Fig (Godwin), Light blue (Hoyos), and Black (Nencini), and are the perfect choice for long summer rides.

Key features:
  • High wicking and breathable
  • Side panels for superior fit
  • Classic style short zip
  • Lockdown puller with zip guard
Colours:
  • Godwin — Dark Fig/chartreuse/fig
  • Hoyos — Blue/orange/light blue
  • Nencini — Black/pink/dark grey
Buy now

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Women

The continuing expansion of performance roadwear for female cyclists includes new Women's Classic Bib Shorts, a short-sleeve summer-weight Merino Base Layer in two colours and the Souplesse Jersey, a new performance piece for women endurance riders and road racers. There is also a selection of updated colours on key products such as the Women's Lightweight Jersey and Classic Wind Jacket.

See the full Women’s collection at rapha.cc

Women's Classic Wind Jacket

Windproof, water resistant and extremely breathable, this three-season cycling jacket is ideal for riding in changeable conditions. Ultra lightweight, it also packs down small enough to fit inside a jersey pocket.

Key features:
  • Lightweight and breathable fabric with windproof coating, water-repellent treatment and four-way stretch
  • Offset zip with reverse coil and chin guard
  • Long-cut back for bike position
  • Dropped tail stitched to prevent the jacket flapping

Colours: Purple, Cream, Red

Test ride any of Rapha’s Classic products to destruction and if you are not 100% satisfied within 30-days you can return them for a full refund.

Buy now

See the new range at rapha.cc

Polka Dot Silk Scarf

Made in England, the Polka Dot Silk Scarf is designed to insulate the neck when riding. The fabric has been treated to make it sweat and shower resistant and the scarf is hand stitched for a luxury finish.

Key features:
  • 100% silk
  • Hand stitched
  • Moisture wicking
  • Sweat and shower resistant

Colours: Cream with red polka dots

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Women's Short Sleeve Base Layer

A supremely comfortable short-sleeve base layer made from highly-breathable merino. Wicks moisture superbly and is naturally extremely odour resistant.

Key features:
  • 100% merino (18.9 micron)
  • Female-specific cut
  • V-neck
  • Flatlock seams

Colours: Light blue, Grey marl

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Women's Grand Tour Gloves

Ultimate cycling gloves for women riders, handmade in England from African Hair Sheep leather with high-density foam padding at key points.

Key features:
  • Handcut African Hair Sheep leather
  • Breathable and high wicking
  • Road-specific padding around the thumb and forefinger and based on army marksman gloves.
  • Double-stitched at key wear points

Colours: Black, Cream

More due in stock early March

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Australia: Canned Heat

We all know and pine for that feeling. To ride with the sun beating down on our bike and legs. Down Under, the tan lines you see confirm this dedication: hours, weeks, months and years in the saddle. But riding through high summer in Australia is, as many will testify, intense. The sun's rays hammer down, cooking your exposed skin like meat on the grill. Dry winds whip away any perspiration, leaving salt tides high and low.

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Australia: Canned Heat

The idea of any cooling crosswinds can be forgotten, you are left only with the oppressive, dense heat of the air as you suffer up the climbs. There's nowhere to hide. And as you hear the tarmac fizz and crackle beneath you, just as the temperature hits around 40ºC, the heat takes hold. You wish for that extra bidon as you ration drops of warm water into your mouth. And if the chills start to arrive, you know you might suddenly, like the black syrupy tarmac, pop.

Riding a bike in this heat is beyond sanity. But we do it. Because we love it. ●

Women's Classic Bib Shorts

Lightweight summer riding bib shorts created for everyday riding with a fit and features created exclusively for women riders.

Key features:
  • Lightweight fabric
  • High wicking
  • Close-knit front mesh for support
  • Open-knit rear mesh for breathability

Colours: Black/cream

Test ride any of Rapha’s Classic products to destruction and if you are not 100% satisfied within 30-days you can return them for a full refund.

Buy now

See the new range at rapha.cc

Women's Souplesse Jersey

Cycling jersey designed for training and sportive riding. The jersey is made from a lightweight, breathable fabric that is ideal for hot conditions. Cut for a flattering shape on the bike.

Key features:
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • High wicking
  • Contrast rear stripe
  • Reflective Rapha logo

Colours: Light blue, Indigo, Mauve

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Women's Lightweight Jersey

Designed for all-day riding in hot conditions, the jersey is cut for a female shape and the lightweight fabric provides maximum moisture transfer. Full-length zip.

Key features:
  • Female-specific cut
  • Excellent moisture transfer
  • Full-length zip
  • Zipped mesh ballast pocket

Colours: Grey/hi-vis pink, Purple/cream

Buy now

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Hot Weather

Rapha's Hot Weather collection offers breathable and lightweight performance products for riding in the hottest, most humid climates. The new Lightweight Bib Shorts provide the same protection and comfort as the Rapha Classic Bib Shorts but with greater breathability and new style elements. The Super Lightweight Jersey meanwhile has been refined for an even better fit and improved moisture movement, with new colourways.

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Super Lightweight Jersey

A performance road jersey developed for the hottest, most humid conditions. Made from three extremely breathable and lightweight fabrics exclusive to Rapha, the jersey features classic Rapha styling.

Key features:
  • Extremely lightweight fabrics
  • Side mesh panel
  • Highly breathable
  • Exceptional moisture transfer

Colours: Blue, White, Red

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Lightweight Cap

A stylish biretta designed for the hottest days in the saddle. The cap is made from a very quick drying polycotton and has stitched eyelets for comfort.

Key features:
  • High wicking
  • Breathable
  • Quick drying
  • Stitched eyelets

Colours: Blue, Black, White

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Lightweight Bib Shorts

Technical bib shorts created for the hottest riding conditions. Made from a lighter weight fabric, higher-wicking mesh and incorporating a perforated pad for maximum breathability.

Key features:
  • Lightweight fabric
  • High-wicking mesh
  • Proprietary perforated pad
  • Larger cutaway back section

Colours: Black/white/blue, Black/white/white, Black/white/red

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Pro Team

The Rapha Pro Team range has been created to meet the demands set at the highest level of the sport. This season sees both Team Sky and Rapha Condor JLT using such products with Rapha also offering versions in the core Rapha Pro Team aesthetic. New for this season are some eye-catching colour elements and a brand new outerwear piece, the Pro Team Race Cape.

See the full Pro Team collection at rapha.cc

Pro Team Bib Shorts

Pro-grade bib shorts designed to meet the demands of elite level racing. Lightweight, durable and close-fitting, they are tailored for an aggressive race position.

Key features:
  • Newly developed Lycra based fabric, proprietary to Rapha
  • Tight, supportive and lightweight
  • Leg grippers for comfort and stability
  • coldblack® technology for superior cooling

Colours: Black/high-vis pink, Black/chartreuse, Black/white

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Pro Team Socks

High-performance socks made using three exclusive types of yarn, each positioned to provide maximum wicking, improved durability and to ensure the socks retain their whiteness for longer. Available in two lengths.

Key features:
  • Fabric includes three separate yarns for optimum performance
  • Black ‘Convicts of the Road’ stripe
  • Durable cuff, toe and heel
  • Ultra-breathable footbed

Colours: High-vis pink, Chartreuse, White, Black

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Pro Team Race Cape

Highly technical waterproof jacket for race conditions. Developed in close collaboration with pro riders, ingenious functionality makes it extremely easy to use on the bike.

Key features:
  • Waterproof
  • Proprietary stretch fabric
  • Lightweight, breathable and durable
  • Contrast details for easy orientation

Colours: Grey, Blue

Due in stock mid-March

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Pro Team Jersey

A high-performance racing jersey which is lightweight, streamlined and durable. Featuring elements such as race radio cable loops and mesh side panels.

Key features:
  • High-stretch fabric with skin-tight aero cut
  • Robust construction with bonded seams and stitching
  • coldblack® technology wicking treatment
  • Mesh panels, collar and cuff ends for additional breathability

Colours: Grey/high-vis pink, Chartreuse/grey, White/azure, Black/chartreuse

Due in stock mid-March

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See the new range at rapha.cc