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Rapha teases latest season offerings

Rapha’s new season product offering is coming soon. The company highlights it’s release of… ‘the world’s most comfortable footwear, new women’s chamois and the revolutionary pocket arrangements on Cargo shorts now within the re-vamped Cargo range.’

New colourways and special edition collections will also be revealed this spring. Designed with comfort in mind, and focusing on performance across the ranges, Rapha notes that this season’s range aims to offer up something for every cyclist…

Cycling shoes
From cafe stops to cols, the world’s most comfortable road shoe. A spacious toe box, snug heel and unique foot- hugging lacing system lets you pedal on unperturbed.Whether you’re pushing the limits of endurance miles away from home or the limits of traction while scrambling and skidding around local trails, the Explore Shoe’s light and stiff with a sole incorporates a grippy natural rubber tread with high-performance carbon and flex in just the right spot.

Bib shorts
Not satisfied with producing the single most comfortable women’s cycling short, our design team have swept the podium places with a completely revamped selection. Each of our trio of new bibs incorporates a new collection-specific chamois pad as well as a raft of design innovations, from the revolutionary pocket arrangement on our Cargo Bib Shorts to self-centring magnetic clasp for subtle toilet stops while wearing the Souplesse Race Bibs.

Bib short pockets
They might have been labelled ridiculous but they’re quickly becoming ubiquitous. Pockets on bib shorts are here to stay. This season, they feature in the revamped Core collection for the first time. Wherever you’re riding, the Core Cargo Bib Shorts allow you to take more of the essentials you need on a ride so you’re ready for the moments that make the adventure worthwhile.

A collection in honour of US champion and Olympic medallist, Nelson Vails. Watch Nelson Vails racing the ‘84 LA Olympics and you’ll soon get the nickname. Vails’ predatory power – bred in the concrete jungle as a messenger, where he never failed to deliver – saw him scoop silver, resplendent in red, white and blue. A true reminder of the strength of cycling’s subcultures.

RCC X Paul Smith
Made for Rapha Cycling Club members. Paul Smith and Rapha go way back. In 2004, [company founder] Simon Mottram’s inspirations were ‘An Intimate Portrait of the Tour De France by Philippe Brunel’ (reprinted as Kings of Pain) and the work of the British fashion designer. We’ll celebrate cycling’s Sir Paul with a collection that came about in answer to the question: If Paul Smith sponsored a cycling team in the 1960s, what would it look like?

Il Pirata
A special edition jersey to mark the anniversary of Pantani’s tragic death. Amidst a slew of attempts on the Giro-Tour double in recent seasons, Marco Pantani’s outstanding achievements during the 1998 season seem all the more impressive. Talk of the Italian’s troubles off the bike is inevitable in any conversation about his life but his swashbuckling style in, and often out of, the saddle will not be forgotten. Only recently translated from Italian, our new book collects impressions of Pantani from those who knew him and others who were inspired by him while our celebratory jersey will also be re-released.

Brevet Insulated Gilet
The Brevet Insulated Gilet was the first product of its kind, designed to ward off the cold on races spanning vast continents and even larger temperature ranges. This special edition celebrates the spirit of adventure fostered by these races, pairing the tried and tested Polartec insulation with a stitched pattern inspired by the contour lines of famous climbs on the route.

Relaxed casual wear for smart layering and year-round comfort. We’ve become known for producing the world’s best cycling kit, but comfort off the bike is just as important. The Logo collection’s super soft sweatshirts and thick cotton t-shirts will make you feel relaxed from the moment you pull them on and incorporate chain stitched logos and hidden design features that nod to cycling’s sartorial tradition.

Commuter Backpack
The new Commuter Backpack is made with tough fabrics to withstand the commute, incorporating intelligent design for cyclists. A semi-rigid, entirely reflective base keeps you seen on the road and helps the bag to stand on its own, and a neat retracting buckle offers clean, fuss-free closure.




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