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  1. The Making of a Classic

    Words: Joe Hall | Date:

    Launched in 2004, the Classic Jersey was the first ever Rapha jersey. Originally called the Sportwool™ Jersey, it was like nothing else at the time. All black with a white stripe on the arm and cut from a strange light-wool fabric, its minimalism concealed a beautifully functional garment. One reporter declared it the ‘best bike jersey the world has ever…

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  2. Prepare and Execute: Team Sky take off early

    Words: | Photography: Nate King (above), Alexander Rhind (below), Graham Watson (bottom) | Date:

    With January only just gone, Team Sky’s riders have already notched 4 victories and 13 podium placings on this year’s palmarès. Kitted out in Rapha Pro Team racewear, the team has won on three different continents in the last 36 hours alone. While they make it look easy, we explain the intense levels of preparation that go into starting the…

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  3. Sir Brad and the Pursuiters

    Words: Harry Dowdney | Photography: Jonny Hines | Date:

    Team WIGGINS are the rockstars of the peloton. A group of talented upstarts led by charismatic frontman Sir Bradley Wiggins, the team’s first year in 2015 was a debut to remember. Perfectly coiffed, quiffed, and smartly turned out in Rapha, the British UCI Continental team split their time between the boards and the roads, winning races and fans alike. The…

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  4. Unwrapping the Festive 500 – The winners

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    The Festive 500 isn’t about who rode the furthest, however. At the challenge’s heart is a celebration of the spirit of road riding, of the ups and downs, both figuratively and literally, and of the stories that inevitably arise from hours spent turning the pedals. Thousands of you sent in submissions documenting your attempts and we are pleased to now…

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  5. On Tour, Down Under

    Words: Harry Dowdney | Photography: Beardy Mcbeard & Kei Tsuji | Date:

    As the curtain rose for another season of spills and thrills in the professional peloton at the Tour Down Under (TDU), Rapha photographers Beardy McBeard (Marcus Enno) and Kei Tsuji were on hand to capture the excitement.

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  6. Surveying the scene

    Words: Matthew Beaudin | Photography: Emily Maye | Date:

    Team CANYON//SRAM Racing’s Tiffany Cromwell and Alexis Ryan lean their bikes against the alabaster walls and make their way through the entry hall of the Sant Salvador monastery. It’s the off-season but the two cyclists are in good company — old woolen world championship jerseys hang on the wall.

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  7. Island in the blue

    Words: Harry Dowdney | Photography: Harry Dowdney | Date:

    The sun was shining and the Mediterranean stretched to the horizon as, suddenly, there they were: bullets of black and blue, spiralling up the switchbacks one by one, each rider a minute apart. It was the team’s fabled off-season mountain time trial, taking place before our very eyes. Rumour has it that Colombian climber Sergio Henao had set the fastest…

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  8. Bonkers for Jonker

    Words: Tom Southam | Photography: Cor Vos | Date:

    In what was his last professional race, Jonker took the start at the head of the composite UniSA team as the proverbial underdog. The wily four-time Tour de France finisher wasted no time in making his first move however. Noticing a strong tailwind out of Adelaide, the lanky local attacked as soon as the flag was dropped on the first…

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