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You’ve seen the Rapha jersey, now buy the board game

Limited edition game available to buyers of the new Peace Race special edition jersey

Rapha has unveiled a new Peace Race special edition jersey collection along with a silk scarf and – a bit left field, this one – a board game.

A board game?!? Has Rapha actually turned into a parody of Rapha? 

First, the jersey…

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“Inspired by the jerseys worn by the race leaders, this luxury merino wool cycling jersey features a ‘Dove of Peace’ emblem and comes with button-on removable arm warmers,” says Rapha.

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Someone in the office said ‘Beam me up’ and now I can’t get that Star Trek image out of my head. Make up your own mind.

The annual multi-stage Peace Race, open to amateurs, ran from 1948 to 2006, the original idea being to relieve tensions between Central European nations after World War II.

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The jersey has a high button-up collar (the buttons are on the side) and, naturally, it comes with typical Rapha details like embroidered emblems inspired by the race.

Nothing too unusual there. Oh, and the £150 pricing is typically Rapha too. 

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A board game, though? That's got to be an absolute gift for those who think Rapha is stuck up its own bottom bracket.

“It can only be bought with a Peace Race Jersey, and not as a stand-alone product. Conceived and developed by Herbie Sykes, author of The Race Against the Stasi, the board game is a homage to the riders of the race’s 1952 edition,” says Rapha. 

“With a graphic design inspired by the rich visual culture that flourished around the race, players are challenged to compete as national team riders on a ‘race’ from Warsaw to Prague, taking in 12 stages on the way.”

Yep, this is an actual thing. You might think that a board game based on a post-war edition of a now defunct amateur bike race is a little niche, perhaps, but it’s going to cost you £45 to find out if it’s any good. 

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Hell, in for a penny… Get yourself the silk scarf too. It features a parcours map of the 1952 race and a list of riders. Yours for another 50 quid.

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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