The gang from Rapha opted to take a pass on this year’s Sea Otter Classic expo, but they do have some cool new jerseys to show off. The hook this time around is the 1962 Tour de France podium, which marked the return of trade teams to the world’s greatest bike race. Previously, only national teams had battled it out on the roads in France.
To honor this change, Rapha has released a trio of special edition jerseys celebrating the three teams and riders who topped the podium that year. That 49th edition of the Tour saw newcomer Raymond Poulidor of Mercier take third, while Belgian Jozef Planckaert of Flandria narrowly lost out to Jacques Anquetil of the St. Raphaël team.
Using the same merino-blend fabric as the Rapha Classic Jersey and a full length zip, these jerseys are designed to be breathable and comfortable. With contrast color side panels, each colorway is finished with black tipping on the sleeves and two embroideries, a motif on the back of the pocket and a tri-color on the sleeve. Sizes range XS-XXL. Colors are red, light blue and purple. MSRP is $175.
To compliment these new jerseys, Rapha is also making three cotton Trade Team Caps which echo the colors of the kits sported by Planckaert, Poulidor and Anquetil during the 1962 Tour de France. Each features the same motif as its corresponding jersey. Colors are red, light blue and purple. MSRP is $30.
Finally Rapha announced the renewal of the famed Bordeaux-Paris ride. This new charity fundraising event is being spearheaded by Rapha founder and CEO Simon Mottram. Mottram’s son Oscar has autism and has been helped enormously by his school, TreeHouse, which is run by the charity Ambitious About Autism. The September ride, which is considered a lost classic, will raise needed funds for the charity.
Last staged in 1988, Bordeaux-Paris is one of cycling’s ‘lost classics’. Its status as the toughest one-day race in France was something of a misnomer, given a significant part of the race dubbed the ‘Derby of the Road’ took place during the night, making the near-600km parcours all the more grueling. Not only is it 25 years since the race was last run, but it is also 50 years since the legendary Tom Simpson became the last Briton to win the race, the finish line in the Paris velodrome in 14 hours.
To commemorate his achievement, in 2013 Rapha will be recreating this great race as the Bordeaux-Paris 2013 Challenge, a team cycling event run over the famous Bordeaux-Paris route and, crucially, ridden through the night. The aim of the ride is to raise £250,000 ($382,000 US) for Ambitious about Autism.
This is also a new Bordeaux-Paris Jersey. It comes in sizes XS-XXL and has an MSRP of $195.