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Rapha release a £45 relaxed fit supporter’s jersey in a Wiggo edition

When Team Sky appointed Rapha as their new clothing sponsor at the beginning of the year, the London-based clothing firm set about launching a three-tier clothing range to cover a range of prices for different riders. So you can buy the Pro jersey that's the same as the team race in, a cheaper version that Rapha call a replica jersey, and the the Supporter jersey, a relaxed fit design that is now available in a special Bradley Wiggins edition. It costs £45, which by Rapha standards is pretty cheap.

The new Supporter's Wiggo Jersey looks very much like the jersey Brad races in, but it’s made in a much more relaxed fit for those who don’t want the second skin look - not always so flattering. It's likely that this jersey will be worn off the bike - ideal for shouting your support for Brad from the side of the road in his next race... whenever that might be.

As well as the £45 adults jersey, there’s a £35 jersey for children. Both are made from a breathable polycotton fabric with two large pockets and a quarter-length zip. The have the signature blue central stripe and arm band and the same logos as feature on the pro jerseys. This edition includes Wiggo’s surname, mod target logo and Union Jack details. His palmares are printing on the rear of the jersey.

Wiggo isn’t having a great season this year, having pulled out of the Giro d’Italia with a spot of man flu [we're not completely sure that's how Team Sky described it - Ed], and it’s now looking like he might not race the Tour de France due to a knee injury, so you show your supportwith this jersey.

It’s available in six sizes from www.rapha.cc

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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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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O no, I am first to comment on this....Its Wiggo, Its Rapha, It is actually a decent price for a change.

But I will repeat, Its Wiggo, Its Rapha....."Pole Barge Touching With A NOT"  19

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cowspassage [43 posts] 3 years ago
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"Relaxed fit"? That's when you toss your $$$$ bike off the side of the road with an insouciant shrug?

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Yennings [237 posts] 3 years ago
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Bet they're chuffed they chose the same day to launch this one as Team Sky chose to mention Wiggo's hurty knee...

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themartincox [495 posts] 3 years ago
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My kids (ages 4 and 7) had to wear a Team jersey to school last week to show their support to their favourite team.

In the end they were Nottingham Forest jerseys, but had this been out then, and priced sensibly for mini-humans I would have been sorely tempted

£35 is good for Rapha indeed, but for the little-uns it still seems a bit expensive - a £10 drop and bosh, done deal!

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David Arthur @d... [685 posts] 3 years ago
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themartincox wrote:

My kids (ages 4 and 7) had to wear a Team jersey to school last week to show their support to their favourite team.

In the end they were Nottingham Forest jerseys, but had this been out then, and priced sensibly for mini-humans I would have been sorely tempted

£35 is good for Rapha indeed, but for the little-uns it still seems a bit expensive - a £10 drop and bosh, done deal!

Interesting comment Martin. Now, I'm not in any way defending Rapha, but seeing as you mentioned football jerseys, I had a look at the Manchester United website and a kids jersey there costs £42. Is that too a 'bit expensive'?

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themartincox [495 posts] 3 years ago
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heck yeah!

admittedly its off-peak now, but why would I pay £42 for a jersey when I can pick one up from sports-direct et al for £15 (as i did, full kit as well  21

I dont think £35 is too bad, but for the tiny amount of material involved in a kids shirt I am pretty sure the margins are enough to drop the price and get the youngsters hooked really early

and re. the recent forum debate about Teamsky kits, as a cycling dad I would be more than happy for my boys to wear a team sky top instead of a football shirt!

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Super Domestique [1597 posts] 3 years ago
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If it's same material as the standard version it feels horrible to touch.

The basic t-shirt feels nice for £25 though.

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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David Arthur wrote:

I had a look at the Manchester United website and a kids jersey there costs £42. Is that too a 'bit expensive'?

Disgustingly expensive, and Manchester United are far from the worst unfortunately.

There should be a £25 cap on kids kits.

Charge what the hell you like for adults, if they are stupid enough to try and shrink their expansive guts in sweatshop polyester that's fine but price the kids ones reasonably.

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GREGJONES [273 posts] 3 years ago
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Which race am I supporting him in? Or is it the road to recovery?

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Before we all lay into Man U (one of my favourite pastimes), let's not forget that the Rapha "Sky replica" kid's jersey comes in at fifty quid. Thirty five for a polycotton job is a complete riphoff.

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Metjas [362 posts] 3 years ago
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still waiting for the Wiggo pyjama release, or will that be for the off season?

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antozzi48 [20 posts] 3 years ago
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Metjas wrote:

still waiting for the Wiggo pyjama release, or will that be for the off season?

That'll be the TdF edition of Wiggo kit!  4

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alronald [58 posts] 3 years ago
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They could always release a Wiggo-branded knee support