Brevet Jersey

Words: Max Leonard | Date:

In 2011 a trio of Rapha riders decided to push their limits and enter one of road cycling’s most historic long-distance events: the Paris-Brest-Paris randonnée, in which cyclists from across the world battled to complete the 1,200km course unsupported in under 90 hours.

Their adventure was both the spur to create a new jersey designed for endurance riding and the perfect testing ground for such a garment. On the PBP and throughout the series of qualifying Brevets des Randonneurs rides – 200, 300, 400 and 600km around the UK, including the Bryan Chapman Memorial the length of Wales and back – they wore prototypes of what would become the Brevet Jersey. The long days in the saddle, tested the endurance of both rider and jersey.

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Brevets are long distance cycling events run by international Audax associations. They are completely unsupported rides in which cyclists, armed only with a route sheet, must complete the course within a set time. They require early starts, late finishes and a ‘come-what-may’ attitude when it comes to weather, road conditions and unexpected mechanicals – and total self sufficiency as you find your way between control points to the cup of tea and cake waiting for you at the village hall finish.

On a wet weekend in Wales, or a 300km slog into a headwind on a there-and-back across the width of England, it’s a comfort to know that you can rely on highly functional kit, and the Brevet Jersey was designed to meet all these needs. Since its first outing in blue, with a complementary hi-vis, packable gilet, it has returned in new colourways and a long-sleeved version. This summer, a new purple and chartreuse combination is available, to keep you riding for longer in style.

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  • Carlo

    best jersey ever

  • Chris

    Could have done with this on the Transcontinetal race last year.