Posts Tagged ‘rapha’

Rapha: Sella

Motivational.

Rapha films online

Don’t miss the full-length edition of this movie – about Sean Kelly – screening on rapha.cc this Friday, 20 August. I missed the Yohan Museeuw one last Friday, but on 27th there’s a 3rd screening, about Dario Pegoretti.

I just love the way Rapha keep getting cooler.

Get the Eddy by rich_mitch

The Eddy T-shirt, designed by Richard Mitchelson, available from rouleur.cc

I bumped into Richard Mitchelson (aka rich_mitch) on Twitter following one of my sportive write-ups. We both rode the Puncheur, and compared notes on the freezing conditions on the day. Anyway, a pleasant but unremarkable cyber-encounter.

Then this morning, as I was flicking through a copy of Rouleur, wearing my cleats and a cycling cap whilst sipping a Rapha-blend macchiato and half-watching the Giro (of which experiences, more later), I recognised Richard’s name in print. RM is an animator/illustrator, who has not only designed a bunch of Tour-legend t-shirts, currently available via the rouelur.cc shop, but also a comic strip of the famous Lemond-Fignon showdown in the 1989 Tour de France, for the latest issue of Rouleur.

Wonder what he’d charge for a one-off ‘Al’ t-shirt?

Autumn Denham classic

One of mine from Japan.

One of mine from Japan.

Millsy and I had a good ride out from Denham today. The weather was overcast, and a bit chilly even in 3/4 fleece-lined bibs and Rapha long sleeve.

We did 67 miles – longer than the distance on Google maps owing to an early map SNAFU on my part – in 4hrs 15. I felt OK, but as the hours wore on I was treated to an extended viewing of Millsy’s ass as he showed some solid form on the flat. I still had the edge over Whiteleaf Hill though.

Rapha Continental Gallery

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A sublime image gallery on the Rapha website.

Rapha kit

My recent birthday brought with it a couple of choice new items for my cycling wardrobe. The first was a Rapha long sleeve jersey

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Basically, everything you’ve heard is true: exquisite detailing, great fit, good looks. Every serious cyclist would love to own some of this kit. I haven’t worn it yet because I refuse to subject it to winter grime (so maybe in June, then). I mean, you have to like this:

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A Pantani homage in the back pocket. Unreal.

Rapha Photographic

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photo by Ben Ingham

Photographer Ben Ingham shot these images of the Rapha team on a late-season training camp in the Swiss Alps. Loving the moody black and white, wishing I was there.

You can buy the prints from the Rapha site. Also check out Rapha CC’s Flickr photostream.