Rapha release eye-catching 2020 EF-Education First Kit

Rapha adds casual gear and unique accessories to the World Tour kit

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Rapha release EF-Education First Kit


In 2019, Rapha made a spectacular return to the pro peloton as a partner of EF Pro Cycling. The season exceeded all expectations, with WorldTour wins and podium positions at some of the world’s most respected gravel and off-road events. Lachlan Morton who took part in most Alternative Calendar events and placed first in the inaugural edition of the GBDURO said: “Racing the Alternate Calendar was a real dream of mine.


To experience it come to life and see the way people connected with it was incredible. I can’t wait to continue broadening my horizons and expanding the limits of professional sport this year.”Rapha and EF Pro Cycling are now set to build on this extraordinary success by updating a range of products for the 2020 season that is both technically superior and even more visually striking. Using feedback from the team to refine designs and introduce new performance elements, Rapha has remained true to the renegade spirit that has come to characterize EF Pro Cycling. The striking pink colorway promises to continue to turn heads as much as the achievements of the riders themselves.


“Our intentions with the EF Pro Cycling kit for 2020 was an evolution of the 2019 design, injecting a new angle whilst telling the same story,” explained Angelo Trofa, product designer. “We wanted to create something which went in hand with the aim of the team: To disrupt the pro peloton. Design references were pulled from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s surf and skate apparel. The genesis of that aesthetic is the mid-60s and the “summer of love,” which saw youth cultures adopt DIY clothing as a way of expression.“The new print is built up of an abstracted sound wave referencing the original design of the EF Education First logo, chopped up and put together again to create a striking jagged print that flows across the body.


This is overlaid with a version of the oil slick print from this year’s jersey, giving a new dimension to the EF Pro Cycling kit.”Explaining the technical advances of the latest EF Pro Cycling kit, John Roberts, Head of Product said: “The product that the guys will be racing in for 2020 is the most technically advanced range we have ever made. From the most breathable waterproof jackets on the market to the world’s fastest race jersey, to the most comfortable tracksuits for downtime, we’re really proud to do everything we can to help the team perform at their best.” EF Pro Cycling fans got a glimpse of the new kit in December when it was worn by the riders at their winter training camps. The kit will make its road cycling debut at the Tour Down Under which starts on January 21.


As well as wearing the kit in the WorldTour, riders from EF Pro Cycling will again take part in a number of events elsewhere in the cycle racing calendar including the Cape Epic, Dirty Kanza and Steamboat Gravel. These will also be photographed by our in-house media team for a new series of Gone Racing films.


Rapha EF-Education First Core Kit

 

EF PRO CYCLING PRO TEAM AERO JERSEY

The Pro Team Aero Jersey is made for the fastest race days. This 2020 team edition is identical to those used by EF Education First Pro Cycling riders at the highest level of competition. Every element of Aero Jersey has been designed from a pro racer’s perspective. Smooth fabrics on the front and textured at the back minimize drag to ensure effort equates to speed. The sleek material on the back panel has a directional nap – smooth in one direction, rough in the other – to provide an additional aerodynamic advantage. This fabric, as well as those used on the sleeves and the front of the jersey, are extremely lightweight and offer excellent stretch for a figure-hugging race fit at the lowest weight possible. Bonded seams across the back of jersey support three pockets even when they are stuffed full of food while inside, a mesh lining aids breathability across the lower back. $195


 EF PRO CYCLING PRO TEAM BIB SHORTS II

Raced throughout the season by the riders of EF Education First Pro Cycling, the Pro Team Bib Shorts are the ultimate in comfort and performance. Redesigned and refined endlessly over the years, our latest iteration is finely tuned for a competitive advantage. Rapha dual-density chamois pad is designed to provide comfort and support while minimizing unnecessary bulk. The thickness and dimensions of the pad change according to the size of the bib shorts for an optimized fit and level of support. The shorts themselves are made with a lightweight fabric that is extremely breathable and high-stretch, giving a compressive fit that eliminates bunching for a ride free from distractions. Extra-wide, low-profile leg grippers hold the shorts in place. Mesh uppers provide superb stretch and support while low-profile bonded edges barely show beneath a closefitting race jersey. Two radio pockets are positioned on the lower back, offset to avoid discomfort against the spine. $115


EF PRO CYCLING PRO TEAM TRAINING JERSEY

A midweight jersey with a slightly less compressive fit than our aerodynamic race jerseys, this is an EF Education First Pro Cycling 2020 team edition of our Pro Team Training Jersey. Ideally suited to training in warm or mild conditions, the jersey is constructed with a breathable, high-stretch fabric that wicks sweat efficiently away from the skin to regulate body temperature. Mesh side panels provide additional ventilation and a degree of stretch for a great fit. The collar has a minimal profile to prevent irritation and a subtle zip guard to protect your chin. The full-length zipper makes it easy to cool down after tougher efforts while three reinforced pockets on the back of the jersey expand to take all your ride essentials and incorporate a lightweight, perforated fabric for improved airflow at the base of the back. $115


EF PRO CYCLING WOMEN’S PRO TEAM AERO JERSEY

Designed specifically for female riders, this jersey combines technical innovations from the women’s peloton. Tried and tested at the highest level of competition, every element has been designed from a pro racer’s perspective. Smooth fabrics on the front and textured at the back minimize drag, while the sleek material on the back panel has a directional nap – smooth in one direction, rough in the other – that provides an additional aerodynamic advantage. The fabric used throughout the jersey is extremely lightweight and offers excellent stretch for a figure-hugging race fit at the lowest weight possible. Bonded seams across the back of jersey support three pockets even when stuffed full of food while, inside, a mesh lining aids breathability across the lower back. $120


EF PRO CYCLING WOMEN’S PRO TEAM BIB SHORTS

Designed for comfort when racing, the EF Pro Cycling’s Pro Team Bib Shorts combine technology developed in the women’s peloton with the most eye-catching design from the men’s. Deep blue in color, the bibs complement the EF Education First Pro Cycling team’s unique 2020 jersey design and use a soft, compressive fabric. Cut for comfort in the drops, the shorts feature Raphas women’s-specific chamois pad, used by our pro riders during their toughest training rides and most intense race efforts. $180


EF PRO CYCLING SAHARA HAT

During the 2019 season, EF Education First Pro Cycling riders wore Rapha bucket hats at team presentations and sign-on at races around the world. For 2020, we’ve made the Sahara Hat, a hot weather style classic. Consisting of an adjustable five-panel cap with long neck cover, the EF Pro Cycling Sahara Hat is designed to be worn while cheering on the team at hot races such as the Tour Down Under or during long walks with your bike in the desert. The hat features embroidered logos and a snazzy print on the inside of the neck inspired by the team’s 2020 kit design. $35


For more information on EF and Rapha check out: Rapha.com

About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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