Rapha's special edition Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney jerseys.
With the new product unveil season in full swing, U.K.-based Rapha has rolled out a host of cool and cold weather apparel pieces, highlighted by two special edition long sleeve jerseys and new pair of cyclocross specific shoes. The overreaching goal of the entire line is to keep users riding throughout the autumn and winter by focusing on insulation, protection and visibility. Here's a look at highlights and pricing for those pieces, plus a few other items that caught our eye.
Connie Carpenter-Phinney & Davis Phinney Special Edition
This pair of special edition wool jerseys pay tribute to Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, the all-American cycling couple whose hundreds of professional victories include national, world and Olympic titles. The Davis Phinney Foundation's motto, 'Every Victory Counts', is printed inside the collars and custom zip pullers represent the medals they both won in L.A. in 1984.
Along with the jerseys release on September 5th, a film by Ben Ingham will premier on rapha.cc which documents their journey to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and deals with Davis's subsequent experiences of living with Parkinson's disease.
The Davis Phinney Foundation's motto, 'Every Victory Counts', is printed inside the collars and custom zip pullers represent the medals they both won in L.A. in 1984.
Following Davis's diagnosis the couple established the Davis Phinney Foundation in 2004, an organization that has raised millions of dollars for Parkinson's disease research. With the release of these two jerseys, Rapha is contributing 10% of the proceeds to the foundation's ongoing work. You can learn more at www.davisphinneyfoundation.org
Rapha worked closely with Davis and Connie and the designs of the jerseys take prompts from the racing jerseys the pair wore in competition. Connie spent more time than any other American woman in a US National Champion Jersey and Davis was a local hero at the Coors International Bicycle Classic, America's preeminent road race of the 1980's. Connie also won a Gold medal in the first-ever Olympic Road Race. Davis was fifth in the Men's Road Race, later winning the Bronze Model in the Team Time Trial.
Each jersey retails for $250 and comes in gender-specific sizes from XS to XL (plus an XXL for men only). Connie's Inside Story label (sewn into the right rear pocket) tells of how sprint coaching from Davis helped her win the Olympic road race. Other key features include three cargo pockets, zipped valuables pocket and reflective detailing
Davis's jersy design references the leader's jersey from the Coors International Bicycle Classic, (1980-1988 and at one time the fourth largest stage race in the world). Davis won the final running of the race in 1988. His Inside Story label (sewn into the right rear pocket) tells a tale of Phinney family racing exploits.
Each special edition jersey comes with an Inside Story label sewn on the inside of a pocket.
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The Rapha Cross Shoes will retail for $350 and be available starting in November, with sizes 39-48 including half-sizes. Claimed weight is 375 grams for size 42.5 without toe studs.
Continuing its footwear partnership with Giro, Rapha is launching its first cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the EC90 carbon outsole used by Giro's current range of MTB/Cross footwear, the upper of the shoe has been developed for the rigors of racing with a rubberized heel and toe-cap and aggressive outsole cleats for getting through the mud. The Rapha Cross Shoes will retail for $350 and be available starting in November, with sizes 39-48 including half-sizes. Claimed weight is 375 grams for size 42.5 without toe studs.
Rapha's first cyclocross-specific shoe was developed for the rigors of racing with a rubberized heel and toe-cap and aggressive outsole cleats for getting through the mud.
Beyond the shoes themselves, the Cross Shoe packaging is worth noting. Built from a racer's insight and appropriately fun for fans of cross, the shoes are packaged in a specially formed shell from ECO Products, which sponsors U.S. cyclocross national champ Jeremy Powers. ECO Products create sustainable containers for food and beverages including cups often found in the hands of cross supporters in North America. For this project, Rapha worked with ECO to create a container that has a life beyond shipping, adding holders specifically for beer and frites. For the racer, there is an oversized 'wet bag', built to be stood upon pre-race, solving the common 'cyclocross hop' where racers attempt to keep their socks dry while dressing. Perfect too for carrying wet and muddy shoes post-race.
The Rapha shoe box doubles as a nifty carry case for your beer and frites.
U.S. national champion Jeremy Powers is back with Rapha for another year.
The rest of the new Rapha Cross Collection features the argyle livery of the Rapha Super Cross series with pieces for racing or spectating. And finally, Rapha announced it has signed on for its fourth season sponsoring Powers, the first three as the Rapha-Focus cyclocross program and now as a title sponsor of Jeremy's Aspire Racing team. Powers is the current, and two-time, United States National Cyclocross Champion. This season he'll focus primarily on European racing, contesting a near-complete World Cup calendar. Other key dates currently on his calendar are CrossVegas (September 10) and Rapha Super Cross - Gloucester (September 27-28). Powers will debut his national championship team kit at Cross Vegas next month.
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