Mark Cavendish now regrets giving all his kit away ... but George Hincapie has kept some of his

Kim Kardashian’s fondness for wearing cycling shorts is well documented – and now, husband Kanye West has revealed he’s into retro cycling kit, with a tweet that attracted the attention of none other than former world champion, Mark Cavendish.

The 40-year-old singer-songwriter West returned to Twitter last week after an absence of a year, and among the dozens of self-promoting tweets and philosophical musings he has since posted, was one that caught Cavendish’s eye.

Yes, that’s a 2008 Team Columbia-Highroad training top, sporting the colours Cavendish wore when he claimed the first four of his 30 career Tour de France stage victories. We’re not too sure about those shorts, mind.

Among Cavendish’s team-mates at that edition of the race was George Hincapie, who won the US national road championship the following year and seems to have held onto some of his old kit.

Oh, and that Columbia reference in West’s tweet? He attended Columbia College in Chicago for one semester before launching his musical career, with his 2004 debut album entitled The College Dropout.


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.