Ben Swift talks us through the Team Sky wet bag, plus Ian Boswell on the art of descending

Rapha has released two more films in the series “The Little Things,” which takes a behind-the-scenes look at Team Sky, whose clothing it provides.

The first shows Ben Swift, third at Milan-San Remo last week and winner of the a leg of the split stage of the Settimana Coppi e Barali yesterday, talking us through his Team Sky wet bag.

The second features American rider Ian Boswell revealing his approach to descending.

Rapha says:

There is no secret at Team Sky, they simply do all the little things better than anyone else — focusing on the details that matter.

This season we bring you films, photos and words from the people that make up the Team — from the chefs to the mechanics to the riders — discussing all the little things that make Team Sky one of the world’s best.

These are the little things that help Team Sky make big things possible. Show us what your little things are using the hashtag #doingthelittlethings

If you missed the first four films in the series, you can find them all here.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


Charles_Hunter [149 posts] 3 years ago

says "wet back" instead of "wet bag" in your sub title. I thought it was some sort of wet sponge system down the back of the jersey to stop overheating on long climbs.

chokofingrz [407 posts] 3 years ago

So where does this wet bag go exactly? Obviously the riders don't ride with it on them, so it must be back in the car with the mechanic having to sort through 9 different bags to find Swift's gilet or Boswell's knee warmers? Is that how they work? And what if your bag's in the wrong car, assuming a team has 2 cars? I always assumed the riders would take most stuff in their pockets, with a box of random spare clothing being available in the cars.

williamhawkes92 [3 posts] 3 years ago

I really love these videos and it's very well put together. Always and will always will be a Team Sky fan.  1

philtregear [129 posts] 3 years ago

why use an old shopping bag when you can one from rapha for £50??

daddyELVIS [654 posts] 3 years ago

"There is no secret at Team Sky, they simply do all the little things better than anyone else..."

So the bag in the team car is the latest marginal gain is it? - what a load of crap!

I hope Wiggo has been watching the descending video!!

faz. [23 posts] 3 years ago


Yes you're right - as they said in the video...  41
And they have two bags with identical kit in each. One for each car.