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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. New world racing

    Words: Tom Southam | Photography: Beardy McBeard | Date:

    Unlike its antiquated stage-race siblings in France and Italy the Tour Down Under (TDU) is a very much a new world proposition. The race has never laid claim to being the hardest, the longest, or the toughest on the calendar, instead the South Australian race has become regarded as a palate-tantalising hors d'oeuvre for the cycling season. With a spot…

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  7. Field Notes: US Cyclocross Nationals 2016

    Words: Jordan Reid | Photography: Jordan Reid | Date:

    When the cyclocross riders arrived for the 2016 edition of the US National Cyclocross Championships this year, they did so under the long shadow cast by a larger-than-life name in United States history: the Vanderbilts. The Vanderbilts made their wealth in the early 1800s when many illustrious families like the Rockefellers and Carnegies were also were staking claim to…

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  8. Winning Feeling

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

    At the base of a short climb in Mallorca up to the old church of Sant Salvador, Tiffany Cromwell pauses, leans against an old fence, and begins changing. She eats something and points out how cute the baby lambs are nearby. Cromwell is in the middle of a training ride with the new CANYON//SRAM team and is adding an extra…

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