It's the stuff of post-ride, IPA-fueled debate: What cycling jerseys -- in their style and in the achievements done in them -- define a historic moment in time?
Eddy Merckx's Molteni orange signifies his reign as the greatest cyclist ever. Roger de Vlaeminck's Brooklyn blue is peak Paris-Roubaix. The epic battle of Hinault and Lemond occurred while both wore the design of Mondrain-inspired La Vie Claire. And what about the decade-long reign of Italy's super-team Mapei?
Current times have gifted us with less exciting choices. NASCAR has struck the pro peloton, making it tough to fall in love so easily.
Leave it to Rapha to come up with the exception to the rule: With this Pro Team Lightweight Meteor x Allied Short Sleeve Jersey, they dreamt up a design reminiscent of the sun and shimmering heat of Colin Strickland's Texas Hill Country training grounds. The world's leading gravel racer now has a jersey befitting his position atop the sport.
Designed for training and racing in warm to hot weather, the jersey has two main fabrics: a breathable and perforated 120gsm fabric on the front to keep you cool, and a stretch polyester fabric on the back to protect you from the sun. The Pro Team fit suits an in-the-drops, on-bike position, while the look of the jersey maintains the Pro Team aesthetic: bonded hems, folded-in sleeves and fewer seams all work to deliver style and speed.
Pro Team products are the leading edge of Rapha’s performance technology, developed and proven over years of work with the world’s best cyclists.