The Rapha Touring Shorts are an elegant, if pricey, solution to the inelegant problem of the permanently lycra-clad commuter, or for anyone who wants some cycling shorts but doesn't want to wear Lycra or indeed wants shorts to wear over Lycra.
If you ride into work there's always the dilemma of whether to go full roadie, or cover up the lycra and avoid the stares in the street. Rapha have looked at this and their rather aesthetic solution is the Touring Short, designed to be worn over bib shorts (but equally capable without them).
Entries have opened for the fourth Rapha Super Cross Series that takes place next month. There are races aimed at everyone from children to elite riders.
Round one takes place in the grounds of Broughton Hall, near Skipton in Yorkshire, on Saturday 18 October, with round two at the same venue the following day.
Sunday’s races include a Yorkshire League points round which will draw in top riders from across the region.
Rapha have had a long history with cyclo-cross and they strengthen that relationship with their brand new Cross Shoe.
Like Rapha's GT shoes, the Cross model is made by Giro, but they aren’t just a rehash of an existing shoe with some colouring in; they have been designed from the ground up by the folks at Rapha.
This is version 2 of Rapha's Lightweight bib shorts, which use a specific pad and different fabrics to make shorts that are 50g lighter than Rapha's classic bib shorts and that are genuinely cooler on hot days.
Rapha, that Marmite of cycling brands, make the Super Lightweight jersey for the heat of summer. I rode in it on a few hot days in the UK in July and August. With temperatures up to 30°C it handled the conditions it is designed for with aplomb. It feels like a base layer with pockets; light and comfortable, perfect for hard riding on sunny days.
Australian paracyclist climbs hill 64 times in one day to win Rapha Rising Strava Hill Climb Challenge
A disabled cyclist from Australia has won this year’s Rapha Rising Strava Hill Climb Challenge – beating more than 44,000 fellow entrants by climbing at total of 67,000 metres in just nine days.
Participants were challenged with climbing the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest – 8,800 metres – but James Middlemiss, from The Channon, New South Wales, climbed seven and a half times further than that.