Whether racing or training, all that riders should have to think about is their performance. Any other distraction from the task in hand slows the wheels. For three years Rapha has worked closely with Team Sky to develop elite racewear that allows their riders to focus on the race, and nothing else. The clothing should be so reliable and well considered as to feel invisible. From chunky zips for gloved hands to carefully placed mesh panels for breathability, it’s the details that make the difference.
The Rapha Pro Team collection has been developed using feedback from the world’s best cyclists to create a new breed of comfortable and robust racewear, made with innovative performance fabrics, and featuring unrivalled functionality. Here, we take a look at some of the winning details that feature in the Pro Team collection, with speed and ease of use at their core.
For fast, rainy rides, a robust and lightweight waterproof with an array of subtle technical features.
Winning detail: You’re racing or on a fast ride with no time to stop and take off your jacket. The Pro Team Race Cape, which has a thick pull tab zipper with a textured back and zipped cuffs that open wide, makes it easier for you to change on the move.
Winning detail: Your jersey pockets are crammed with provisions for the day’s ride and you want a jacket that fits over the top without flapping around. The fabric of the Pro Team Race Cape offers a slight stretch, keeping its fitted shape over fully-loaded pockets.
For high-tempo training in the cold, a close-fitting softshell jacket offering weather protection and breathability.
Winning detail: The weather is bad but you’re riding hard and a thick winter jacket would be too much. The softshell fabric of the Pro Team Jacket offers breathable protection without the bulk.
Winning detail: You don’t want to get caught out in winter’s dark mornings and evenings but the armband, the Pro Team convict stripes on the rear pockets and the trim of the sleeves on the Pro Team Jacket are all reflective, helping keep you visible in low light.
For warm-ups and early-morning starts in the spring or autumn, an extremely lightweight, stowable outer layer.
Winning detail: It’s mild out but you still want to carry a light outer layer that doesn’t take up much space just in case the weather turns. The Pro Team Lightweight Gilet is extremely lightweight, weighing only 76g (in a size medium) and packs down to almost nothing.
Winning detail: You’re riding hard but it’s not warm enough for just a jersey. The Pro Team Lightweight Gilet keeps the wind off your chest yet has a mesh-lined collar and mesh rear panel to allow your body heat out.
For streamlined, lightweight weather protection, a sleeveless take on the Pro Team Race Cape.
Winning detail: You want some protection from the elements but pocket space is at a premium. The Pro Team Rain Gilet is made of a light polylaminate waterproof fabric that covers your core in the rain and packs down small.
Winning detail: When staying aero is a must but it might rain, the Pro Team Rain Gilet offers weather proofing in a form-fitting cut.
For races or high-intensity rides in milder weather, an aerodynamic jersey built for speed.
Winning detail: You’re racing, or simply training as fast as possible, but need to carry provisions with you. The Pro Team Long Sleeve Aero Jersey has refashioned pockets which offer storage but also sit flush against your back when empty, retaining the jersey’s aerodynamic profile.
For riding hard in the deepest of winter, full-length tights with a dual-fabric construction offering warmth and breathability.
Winning detail: You’re riding high tempo in deep winter, so need full-on weather protection which won’t cause you to overheat. With a water-resistant fabric on the front panels and a more breathable fabric on the rear, the Pro Team Winter Tights with Pad stop the cold and rain getting in while letting your body heat out.
Winning detail: That wintry chill that sometimes creeps into the gap between your jersey and tights is solved by the slightly raised waistband of the Pro Team Winter Tights with Pad.
For cold training and wintry race conditions, robust bib shorts with a longer leg and fleece-like inner lining.
Winning detail: You don’t want to ride full-length tights in the winter but need some extra warmth on your thighs. The Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts are made from a soft Lycra with an insulating brushed inner for fleece-like warmth and are also slightly longer in the leg than summer-season bibs.
For protection of your core from inclement weather, a technical, softshell fabric base layer.
Winning detail: You’re racing in terrible weather but your team jersey still needs to be visible. The softshell fabric of the Pro Team Softshell Base Layer provides water and wind protection underneath your team jersey.
For riding and racing in hot conditions, an open-mesh base layer that wicks sweat off your skin to keep you cool.
Winning detail: You’re riding hard or racing in exceptionally warm conditions and getting sweaty. With a mesh construction and high-stretch side panels, the Pro Team Base Layer fits snug and works to wick sweat away from the body.