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 seen.’ To mark the launch of the brand new Classic Jersey II, we spoke to founder and CEO of Rapha, Simon Mottram, to find out about the origins of the design.