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  1. Style & steel pipes

    Words: Harry Dowdney | Date:

    Some say style in cycling comes from Italy. Most people say it, in fact. Think Bianchi celeste. Think Coppi (& Giulia). Think the maglia rosa. Indeed, the Italians are credited…

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  2. Souplesse

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    Souplesse – French for suppleness – has been appropriated into the cycling lexicon to describe the perfect pedal stroke; that fluid cadence we all strive for, but rarely achieve. To pedal avec souplesse is to spin without thrashing, dance without stumbling; it is to look entirely natural on a bicycle.

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  3. Professional Aerodynamics

    Words: Joe Hall | Date:

    Designed in collaboration with Team Sky for competition at the very highest level, Rapha’s new Aero products deliver the lightest and most streamlined apparel yet. Three years in development, the Aero Suit and Aero Jersey are versions of products initially created for the riders of Team Sky. Responding to the Team’s request for the lightest and most aerodynamic jerseys and shorts; minimal construction and tailoring combines with lightweight fabrics and proprietary components.

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  4. Women’s Road 2015

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    From beautiful Merino Base Layers for every-day comfort to lightweight Rain Jackets for mountain adventures; the Rapha Women’s Road collection will make every journey by bike a ride to remember this season. With new styles and fresh updates, there’s clothing and accessories for every kind of cyclist – from the recreational to the racer.

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  5. A Decade of Transition

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    The 1980s was a period of real change in the professional peloton. It entered the decade in woollen jerseys, on steel frames and using leather toe straps, but came out the other side dressed in flamboyant polyester, riding carbon fibre and clipped into ‘clipless’ pedals. Yet it wasn’t just engineering or man-made fibres that modernised road racing. TV companies and acquisitive corporate sponsors both played a part in globalising a sport that hadn’t changed much since the 1930s, and which, even by the Eighties, had barely stepped outside Europe.

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  6. Men’s Road 2015

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    To create the world’s finest roadwear, Rapha designers obsess over every detail and use only premium materials. A timeless aesthetic and peerless functionality ensure that whether you’re on a punishing chain-gang ride, or a breezy Sunday spin to a café, the Rapha Road collection for 2015 offers the first and last word in beautiful, well-crafted performance.

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