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Howies release Tour de France T-shirts

...And women's bib shorts too

Howies have launched a bunch of new Tour de France related T-shirts ahead of the start of the big race a week on Saturday (29 June).

The designs, both men’s and women’s versions, are hand-printed in Howies’ printshop in West Wales on 100% organic cotton T-shirts.

We particularly like this King of the Café Stop men’s design…

And there’s a women’s equivalent too.

The 100 here, of course, refers to this year's race being the 100th edition of the Tour de France (although the race was first contested in 1903, several years have been missed due to war).


The pick of them by our reckoning, though, is the polka dot-tastic women’s Queen of the Mountains shirt (main pic, detail above).

The T-shirts, like all the other cotton T-shirts in Howies’ range, are priced at £25.

In other news from Howies, they’re doing a women’s version of their cycling bib shorts called the Breakway. We have the men’s version, the Leadout, in for test at the moment. In fact, Jez has finished his review and it’s sitting on the system (oh yes, we have a system) awaiting publication. Don’t tell anyone but he’s been well impressed by the construction and the durability and he gives them a score of... Hang on a minute, I'm giving away the plot.

Anyway, the Breakaway women’s version uses the same seamless technology with integrated breathable panels. The antibacterial seatpad is similar too, although it’s shaped specifically for women, of course. The price is £59. We’re getting a pair in for test although that’s a few weeks away yet.

In the meantime, check out both the shorts and the T-shirts at

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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