The Peace Race

A special edition collection by Rapha

An era-defining bicycle race held behind the Iron Curtain after World War Two, the Peace Race sought to promote unity on a devastated continent. In homage, Rapha presents a luxury merino jersey with button-on arm-warmers, a silk scarf and an originally conceived board game.

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The Jersey

Inspired by the jerseys worn by the race leaders, this luxury merino wool cycling jersey features a ‘Dove of Peace’ emblem and comes with button-on removable arm warmers.

The Game

Rapha has made an original Peace Race board game, which can be purchased online as an add-on with the jersey. A celebration of the 1952 edition of the race, this extremely limited collectable challenges players to compete as national team riders on a ‘race’ from Warsaw to Prague.

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The Race

“Accompanied by 1,000 of Picasso’s doves, 94 cyclists rolled out of Warsaw one beautiful spring afternoon. Humble bike riders or otherwise, each was engaged in the realisation of a superlative idea, and in the reconstruction of a continent.”