Rapha have launched two new collections, one in tribute to the Étape du Tour sportive and another celebrating the Grinduro weekend.
The Étape jersey and shorts are "inspired by the mountains and designed to help you conquer them", say Rapha, made for hot days with lightweight fabrics. The £85 jersey, available in both men's and women's versions, has the Étape route printed on the back and is based on their Pro team training jersey - cut to be comfortable on the bike without being too tight.
The Étape Core bib shorts (£85) have the same chamois as used in the Rapha Classic bibs, and have comfortable flatlock stitching with a close but fairly relaxed fit. Completing the collection is a casual t-shirt (30), cap (20) and water bottle (£12).
The Grinduro collection has a strong purple-ish colour scheme throughout, with a super soft fabric on the jersey (£60) that is recommended for wearing on its own or with a base layer underneath. There are three big 'cargo' pockets at the rear and Rapha's signature contrast band on the right arm.
The Grinduro Core Cargo bibs (£110) have side and rear pockets like the regular versions for harbouring extra rations, and they're made of a dense-knit fabric for enduring tough off-road riding conditions. Completing the collection is a Grinduro technical tee (£55) and a cap (£25).
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