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Summer romance is unavoidable, particularly if you follow road racing or participate in the sport. And alongside the long hot days, melting tarmac and drama of the Grand Tours to…
I’m in Wales, Chepstow to be exact. I’ve driven a few hours here from London, my bike thrown in the boot of a crappy 2003 Vauxhall Corsa, a bumper held on with a cable tie and a rattling engine. Within this crappy rattler there is an air of excitement, and of course trepidation. It is the weekend of the 2015 Bryan Chapman Memorial, an audax that traverses the length of Wales.
Introducing a new collaboration between audio experts Bang & Olufsen and Rapha, H6 headphones are designed for road cyclists who want to take the best possible sounds with them on the road. Using B&O acoustic technology and fabrics and aesthetics from the Rapha design forum, these earphones are a luxurious, stylish way to enjoy all your favourite soundtracks.
Selecting the correct jersey shouldn’t just be about which obscure trade team from the 1970s you want to endorse. It’s a decision informed by how you ride, where you ride and what the weather might be – and you should always have at least half a dozen to choose from.
Style, of course, comes into it, but picking the right jersey will turn an average ride into a brilliant adventure. We asked a number of Rapha staff and club riders to tell us what their favourite jersey is, and their answers will hopefully help you find yours.
When the road and the mercury rise, keeping cool is a priority – and one of the best ways a rider can gain an advantage over soaring gradients and temperatures is through their clothing. Rapha Pro Team climber’s products have been developed with input from the best riders in the world, and in response to their needs on the biggest climbs on the hottest days.
“April is the cruellest month”
What is it about spring that stirs the senses? It’s the beginning of the racing season and like those early races themselves, throws up very unpredictable results, where the weather can still turn your ride into a nightmare; yet also enliven the body and mind with perfect temperatures for pushing through the wasteland of winter.