Now is the time to get on your bike reap and the rewards of the year’s riding – stunning vistas, late-season strength and form, and a release from the pressure of looming races or events.
It seems that most of the northern hemisphere has been blessed with a warm and dry end to the summer, but sadly our good fortune is about to come to an end. When the seasons change, so do the demands on your kit – when you head out of the door in October and November, you never quite know what weather you’re going to encounter. This unpredictability calls for versatile outfits with layers and warmers. Our first port of call is always a merino-blend fabric. At once breathable, insulating, naturally anti-bacterial and supremely comfortable against the skin even after hours in the saddle, merino wool is a mainstay of the Rapha range.
As we enter the autumn, Rapha is offering a Merino or Merino Mesh Base Layer for £20 with the purchase of a long sleeve jersey.
When temperatures dip in early mornings and late evenings, we reach for warmers and accessories. A merino hat or knee warmers can easily be folded and packed into pockets, and can be called into service for both cool commutes and day-long excursions.
For some, the autumn brings with it thoughts of the next year’s successes. If you’re hitting the road to accumulate base miles before spring or honing legspeed for this weekend’s cross race, the new Rapha Pro Team Winter Hat hs been developed for you. Constructed form a lightweight softshell fabric with a resilient DWR coating, the Pro Team Winter Hat has been tailored for riding in the drops – the high rear hem prevents bunching when you hold your head up, and the sidepanels are pared-back to protect peripheral vision. The Pro Team collection will be launching soon.