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Have your name added to a Rapha Team Sky jersey without the need for a pro contract

If you’re a Team Sky fan then here is your chance to show your support with a personalised Rapha Team Sky replica jersey. You can have your surname printed along the side panels, as team members like Wiggins and Froome do.

The jerseys go on sale for a limited period only from this Friday, 26 April until 10 May. They will be delivered by 28 June, just before the start of the Tour de France. They will cost £95 which is £20 more than a regular replica jersey which has no writing along the side panels. There's just 1,000 jerseys in this limited run, with 100 allocated for women, so you'll have to be quick if you want to get your hands on one.

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Team Sky weren't the first to put riders' names on the jersey - that honour belongs to Highroad Columbia - but they've made it a defining feature of their jerseys, and it has become an easy way to identify riders in the peloton when they’re zooming along the road. 

The replica jersey is made from performance fabrics but not the super high-tech stuff used in the pro jersey (Rapha are producing team jerseys at various different price levels). A lightweight, breathable Lycra is used in the main panels with mesh side panels for increased ventilation. The fabric is treated with an antibacterial finish.

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The side panels have been designed to hold the jersey in shape and to stop the pockets sagging when heavily loaded. Talking of which, there are three pockets plus a zipped pocket for your keys or other valuable items. The jersey is available in six sizes (XS to XXL).

You might as well go the whole hog and buy a pair of replica bib shorts to complete the look as well. This jersey can’t really be worn with regular shorts now can it?

The jersey will only be available from www.rapha.cc or by calling them on 0207 485 5000.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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bendertherobot [1077 posts] 3 years ago
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Pulls up chair, settles down with popcorn, awaits the commencement of battle..............

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mephistopheles [8 posts] 3 years ago
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I’ll get the ball trolling.

I love Rapha but this is wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I can see that they are trying to shift these like football shirts but this is not football this is cycling and IMHO unless you are part of the team you don’t get a team jersey, let alone your name on a team jersey. Oh my goodness!!

I’m off to sulk in a corner. Hmpf.

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Mr. Rossi [36 posts] 3 years ago
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Aside from the "Rapha issue", I couldn't care less what someone wears on the bike. If it makes them feel good then go for it, I say. Wear what you like, yellow, pink, rainbow stripes, whatever. Let people feel included and stop being a snob about it.

If having their name printed on their shirt helps people enjoy themselves, gets them riding and more enthusiastic about the sport how is it a bad thing?

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Mart0023 [23 posts] 3 years ago
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My only problem with it is, sky kit is encouraging people to wear dark clothing on the bike.

Martin

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AWPeleton [3332 posts] 3 years ago
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Cant see the problem really. Its not yet a nanny state where we all say and do and wear the same thing so let people wear a top with their name on.

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othello [374 posts] 3 years ago
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Team jerseys are, in my humble opinion, for team riders. Same with National/World champs jerseys. So I fall on the 'it is wrong' side of the fence I'm afraid.

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othello [374 posts] 3 years ago
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Mr. Rossi wrote:

Aside from the "Rapha issue", I couldn't care less what someone wears on the bike. If it makes them feel good then go for it, I say. Wear what you like, yellow, pink, rainbow stripes, whatever. Let people feel included and stop being a snob about it.

If having their name printed on their shirt helps people enjoy themselves, gets them riding and more enthusiastic about the sport how is it a bad thing?

But not rainbow stripes. Cycling has historically given a jersey for achievement, rather than a trophy. If you win the world champs, you earn the right to wear that jersey for a year in that discipline. Same with a national champs jersey. Only one rider, per gender, per discipline should wear that at any one time.

Team jerseys are different, and if you like them then wear them. Personally I don't think it's right, but that is just me.

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Super Domestique is a tad long for a side panel and for that reason I'm out  3

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6654henry [56 posts] 3 years ago
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Mart0023 wrote:

My only problem with it is, sky kit is encouraging people to wear dark clothing on the bike.

Martin

Problem? Why can't cyclists wear dark clothing?

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6654henry [56 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm pretty sure i dropped Phil Gil the other day, he was in full WC kit, in Richmond Park. I should, like, so be a pro.

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853rider [18 posts] 3 years ago
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Apparently Rapha are doing a bulk run with 'Fred' on the side and these will be available ex-stock from the shop.

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sporran [42 posts] 3 years ago
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Mart0023 wrote:

My only problem with it is, sky kit is encouraging people to wear dark clothing on the bike.

Martin

Shouldn't be any more of a problem than people driving round in black cars...

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Dog72 [106 posts] 3 years ago
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My Rapha Illusion died on a Sportive last Sunday when I was surrounded by "Cuddly" Men decked out in an array of R products. I was horrified as I had fooled myself into thinking I was more akin to the beardy gurn whippets as portrayed on the site. This was until a cruel reflective object caught me within the rotund flock. I was found belonging & unremarkable, a pained pout couldn't save me. Liposuction might. Sob.
Still gonna buy a pair of shorts just not the pro line.

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Dr. Ko [181 posts] 3 years ago
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Let me see, that is one Dr. plus christian name, middle name, spare name and surname, means I would need atleast an XXL just for the name.  13

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Ginsterdrz [80 posts] 3 years ago
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"I'm telling you, my name IS Wiggins and that roundall thing was my trademark long before he started riding for Sky!"

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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(Seething with rage)...Unless it's made from the same material as the pro jersey, it is NOT a replica. A replica is an exact copy.

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WolfieSmith [1323 posts] 3 years ago
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It's like name stickers on your bike. Fine if you have a team of mechanics with 20 bikes to sort out but if it's just you then it's personal vanity which - like hair dye and capped teeth - aint fooling anybody.

Named kit is like a national champs jersey. In my club only the actual national champs wear them....

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fatbeggaronabike [815 posts] 3 years ago
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That's only £1.25 per letter for me, BARGAIN!  4

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Fixie Girl [125 posts] 3 years ago
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mephistopheles wrote:

I’ll get the ball trolling.

I love Rapha but this is wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I can see that they are trying to shift these like football shirts but this is not football this is cycling and IMHO unless you are part of the team you don’t get a team jersey, let alone your name on a team jersey. Oh my goodness!!

I’m off to sulk in a corner. Hmpf.

+1

I wonder how many they've sent to journalists to get a free plug…  3

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fred22 [158 posts] 3 years ago
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sporran wrote:
Mart0023 wrote:

My only problem with it is, sky kit is encouraging people to wear dark clothing on the bike.

Martin

Shouldn't be any more of a problem than people driving round in black cars...

Apart from when you get hit by a car, because driver didn't see you, the risk as a cyclist is so much greater than as an occupant of a car.

But to the question itself, wear what you want. If you can afford rapha at al then good luck to you

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Paulo [112 posts] 3 years ago
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road.cc wrote:

Team Sky weren't the first to put riders' names on the jersey - that honour belongs to Highroad Columbia

I'm always hearing this nonsense Actually the honour goes to Mercatone Uno in 1998 who had all the team members names (not just Pantani) across the shoulders on the back like football players... see pic below for evidence.
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Leviathan [1988 posts] 3 years ago
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Three classic topics in one, here we go...
1) To the people who say you shouldn't ride in team kit, boo to you. Cycling teams SELL them for EXACTLY the same reasons as football, rugby, cricket teams et al do it; to raise revenue and encourage a fan base. If you want to be above such behaviour then fine, just don't buy it yourself, but don't be surprised when you see some chubby Sky boys out on sunday, just as you will see some middle aged Chelsea/ManU players down the local five-a-side (not Ryan Giggs.) I go to work to EARN money to buy stuff and if some of this is bike jerseys so be it, that is how I earn the right to wear it. If the commercial imperative is too disgusting then stop watching procycling, if you hadn't noticed all the teams are sponsored as there is no such thing as a home town for a bike team.
2) Rapha kit costs what it costs. It seems too much to me so I haven't got any, so I can't really comment on its quality. Maybe one day soon I'll get to find out for myself but until then I would rather spend more money on my bike. It is what it is.
3) 'encouraging the wearing of dark clothing,' this should be entirely encouraged. I recently said to a friend that I overtake many 'clones' wearing fluro yellow jackets on the way to work. He accused me of justifying my fashion choice. It is true I do not want to have to wear the same as everyone else, or even the same thing everyday. It makes my skin crawl thinking just how dirty that jacket would become, or should I buy 5 matching fluro jackets? I have been riding happy for 15 years and always worn a variety of (team) colours, but until about 2 years ago no one ever said anything about what I *should* be wearing. It is good that more people are now cycling but the recent idea that you need to be wearing one colour to be safe is fallacious. So wear black and get some lights if it is dark, if a motorist isn't looking he won't see you whatever you are wearing.

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02curtisb [62 posts] 3 years ago
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I wear europcar shorts because Tommy Voeckler kicked ass the first time i ever watched any pro cycling and got me hooked (before i had a bike), Omega-Pharma gloves...i like Cav and they were £2, and a team sky jersey as i support them. I dont wear them all at once. I just dont get the not wearing team kit. Sorry

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Simon E [2728 posts] 3 years ago
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Ha ha ha, this is a great poke in the eye for the misery guts types who can't cope with replica team kit on everyday cyclists. I hope they sell them by the bucketload. And if Rapha say it's a replica then yes, it's a replica.

If you sad rule-followers lived near me I'd love to buy one, persuade a few chubby mates to do the same, and we'd ride past your house in our team replica jerseys EVERY FECKIN' DAY.

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Wookie [236 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon E wrote:

Ha ha ha, this is a great poke in the eye for the misery guts types who can't cope with replica team kit on everyday cyclists. I hope they sell them by the bucketload. And if Rapha say it's a replica then yes, it's a replica.

If you sad rule-followers lived near me I'd love to buy one, persuade a few chubby mates to do the same, and we'd ride past your house in our team replica jerseys EVERY FECKIN' DAY.

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Mayhem SWE [23 posts] 3 years ago
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The Rumpo Kid wrote:

(Seething with rage)...Unless it's made from the same material as the pro jersey, it is NOT a replica. A replica is an exact copy.

No, the definition of a replica is a copy closely resembling the original concerning its shape and appearance. A replica does not necessarily have to be functionally identical. A gun replica for example would look identical to a real gun but not have the actual mechanics required to fire bullets.

The Rapha Sky Pro jerseys are not replicas, they're the real thing, while the Rapha Sky Replica jerseys are exactly that; a replica that is visually but not functionally identical.

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nivagh [58 posts] 3 years ago
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I'll wear what I choose, thanks.
But I won't be buying Rapha because it's too expensive for my taste. In my drawer I have a Europcar 2011 replica (won in a competition, realy good quality), HTC Columbia replica bibshorts (sent by Evans to review), my club kit, and various other brands.
I've also got a 2011 Adidas Sky gilet, bought cheap and to date unworn (offers?)

What I won't do, ever, is ride in, for example, HTC shorts, Europcar jersey, Sky gilet. That would just be silly!  13 Similarly, you won't find me in rainbow stripes or a national champion's jersey. Some things you have to earn.

I reckon people can wear whatever they choose and look like a d1ck if they wish. I will think no less of a rider I see in a SKY replica than somebody in Aldi gear, really. I'll still try to drop them, and say "hello" on the way by.

My other highly subjective personal rule is - no greeting people without helmets, or riding on the pavement.

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Zebra [37 posts] 3 years ago
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They only really need to print one - with TOSSER written on it.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon E wrote:

Ha ha ha, this is a great poke in the eye for the misery guts types who can't cope with replica team kit on everyday cyclists. I hope they sell them by the bucketload. And if Rapha say it's a replica then yes, it's a replica.

So if Rapha printed the SKY logo on a black cotton t-shirt, they could call that a replica team jersey as well?

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Mayhem SWE wrote:
The Rumpo Kid wrote:

(Seething with rage)...Unless it's made from the same material as the pro jersey, it is NOT a replica. A replica is an exact copy.

No, the definition of a replica is a copy closely resembling the original concerning its shape and appearance. A replica does not necessarily have to be functionally identical. A gun replica for example would look identical to a real gun but not have the actual mechanics required to fire bullets.

The Rapha Sky Pro jerseys are not replicas, they're the real thing, while the Rapha Sky Replica jerseys are exactly that; a replica that is visually but not functionally identical.

No, the definition of replica is an exact copy (OED). How can these be visually identical if they are made of a different material? These are imitation team jerseys (i.e. not team jerseys at all), and should be sold as such. (Not that they'd get many buyers).

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