Spring/Summer 2012

Welcome to the Rapha Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook.

The new Rapha Spring/Summer 2012 range features exciting new products as well as updated specifications to existing Rapha classics and distinctive seasonal colourways. Scroll through the latest photography, film and words to discover each product.

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Rapha has been creating the world's finest cycling clothing and accessories since 2004. Whether you're climbing in the Alps, racing a local criterium or spinning through the city, Rapha products have been meticulously designed and rigorously tested to provide the highest levels of performance, comfort and style. Rapha's online emporium also includes accessories, publications and events, all celebrating the glory and suffering of road riding.

All photography shot by Ben Ingham in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Training & Racing

The new Rapha Training and Racing collection includes products created specifically for very hot and humid riding conditions. They feature innovative performance fabrics developed exclusively by Rapha and styling inspired by a classic road racing aesthetic.

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Grand Tour Shoes

The Rapha Grand Tour Shoes are made from the very finest components to deliver cutting-edge performance in an elegant, classically styled shoe. Developed in collaboration with cycling shoe specialists Giro, they are made from a supple, lightweight yak leather that is water resistant, highly breathable and has exceptional tensile strength.

The leather uppers will wear in beautifully over time, while the stain-repellency treatment will help keep them looking smart. A perforated finish adds texture and improves moisture transfer.

The upper is paired with a special edition Easton® EC90 carbon sole for optimum power transfer. At only 6.5mm thick, the EC90 has been proven over many thousands of miles on Giro's ProLight SLX and Factor models. It offers unrivalled stiffness and an excellent connection to the pedal.

Inside, the shoes feature Giro's renowned SuperNatural™ fit system, with adjustable arch supports. The cork/EVA footbeds will mould to the shape of the foot over time for further comfort.

Other details include a machined aluminium buckle with a laser-etched Rapha logo, padded leather straps and titanium D-rings. The shoes are available in white or black, and both colours feature a contrast lower strap designed to echo the toe straps of cycling's golden era.

Due in stock early April

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Super-lightweight Jersey

This high-performance jersey has been developed for the hottest, most humid rides. The Super-Lightweight Jersey was developed through testing in very hot climates, including Singapore and Namibia in southern Africa. In trials, a number of fabrics already on the market came close but in the end Rapha's exceptionally high standards of performance led us to develop our own proprietary fabric, one that was extremely lightweight but also balanced the key elements of breathability and durability. The fabric has been enhanced with a treatment to maximize moisture transfer and the middle pocket is enlarged to carry a much needed third bidon.

Due in stock early April

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Colombian Super-lightweight Jersey

Characterised by distinctive graphics and typography, the Colombian edition of the Super-Lightweight Jersey celebrates the meteoric rise of the Café de Colombia team in the 1980s. Ultra-breathable and extremely lightweight, the jersey has been developed for hot, humid and demanding conditions. Perfect for chasing (and catching) seasoned pros on mountain passes.

Due in stock early April

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THE RISE OF EL ESCARABAJO

Words by Klaus

The history of pro cycling is littered with the tales of riders that have risen from obscurity to triumph. What sets apart the emergence of Colombian riders in the 1980s was not only how meteoric that ascent was, but how unlikely. When the likes of Luis Herrera, Fabio Parra and Martin Ramirez soared over famed European cols, a nation of 30m people sobbed in uncontrollable elation.

Colombian professionals such as Giovanni Jimenez and Cochise Rodriguez had ridden for some of the biggest European teams as far back as 1968. The real rise of Colombian cycling in the European peloton, however, began in 1983. That was the year Tour organisers decided to invite amateur teams. The pavé of the early stages crushed Colombia's diminutive climbers, most of whom had never experienced such terrain with many forced to retire after crashes. But Patrocinio Jimenez made it all the way to the mountains. On stage 10 to Luchon he attacked, along with Robert Millar, eventually finishing fourth. More importantly, he collected enough points to wear the iconic polka-dot jersey.

If the performance of Colombia's amateurs was encouraging, it was not until the following year that the young escarabajos (a colloquial Spanish word for 'beetle') showed their true potential.

In 1984, Luis Herrera won the stage to Alpe d'Huez. A month before, Martin Ramirez had won the Dauphié Libéré against an in-form Bernard Hinault. It was the first time Ramirez had ever raced outside Colombia and the first time he had lined up against professionals. Upon his return to his homeland, Ramirez was greeted by tens of thousands at the airport.

This seemingly inexorable rise continued. Luis Herrera went on to win the mountains classification in every Grand Tour, won the Dauphiné Libéré (twice), and then, in 1987, claimed the Vuelta, perhaps the greatest triumph by a Colombian rider. A year later, in 1988, Fabio Parra took third at the Tour.

Country Jersey

Inspired by leading cycling nations, this technical jersey is designed for three season riding. Pro riders rarely get to wear their national colours; the world championships come round once a year, the Olympics every four. From 1930 until 1961, however, Tour riders turned out for national teams wearing corresponding jerseys. The revolving wardrobe of trade team kits these days means the opportunity for pro riders to wear their hearts on their sleeves is few and far between. So this Olympic year, Rapha honour the heroes and legends of three of the world's most iconic road racing nations — Italy, Ireland and Great Britain — with the Country Jersey 2012.

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Wind jacket

Featuring a new light blue colourway for 2012, this highly breathable, three-season jacket performs superbly in a range of conditions. And the Wind Jacket has taken its rightful place among the classic Rapha products. The ultra-lightweight material (165g, medium size) is totally windproof, shower resistant and packs down snugly into a jersey pocket. A formidable weapon in the armoury of any rider campaigning in uncharted territory (and weather), the jacket is great for cool starts and even better for chilly descents and sudden downpours. The fit is designed to prevent flapping, with an offset zip for comfort and reflective details for added visibility.

Due in stock early March

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Club jersey

A high-wicking, merino-blend jersey for long summer rides. The new colourways are Inspired by three icons of the sport: the cream colour pays tribute to Rudi Altig, the German legend who rode fearlessly on the track and was a lieutenant to Jacques Anquetil. The blue jersey commemorates Charles 'Mile-a-Minute' Murphy, who, in 1899, clocked a mile in less than 60 seconds when drafting behind a steam engine. The black jersey, meanwhile, celebrates Gastone Nencini, an Italian Giro winner famed for daredevil descents. The story of each hero is stitched inside the respective jersey, while a zipped rear pocket is embroidered with a specially commissioned emblem.

Due in stock early April

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Classic Bib Shorts

A high-quality pair of cycling shorts is the most important clothing purchase any rider can make. Rapha's award-winning Classic Bib Shorts use the best chamois pad available and are made from a comfortable matt-black Lycra with great stretch. The luxury mesh features a large cutaway section to prevent overheating, while soft gripper in the legs and flatlock stitching throughout means they won't chafe, however long or hard you ride. New for this season, the shorts are available with cream mesh and cream logos, designed to complement lighter coloured Rapha jerseys.

Due in stock mid-March

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Lightweight Sportwool Jersey

The ideal jersey for demanding all-day rides where anything could happen. Created with the sportive rider in mind, the new and improved fabric is soft and highly breathable. As well as exceptional moisture transfer the full-length zip on the jersey maximises ventilation when climbing. An innovative pocket system includes a large mesh ballast pocket, perfect for carrying enough food and clothing for long days in the saddle.

Due in stock early April

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Lightweight Cap

A breathable technical cap created for hot-weather riding. Whether you're training, racing or simply riding to work, the Lightweight Cap is an indispensable item for the summer road rider. The high-wicking fabric makes it extremely comfortable and the black underpeak prevents road glare on sunny days. The cap folds easily into a jersey pocket when not being used.

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Arm Screens

These lightweight arm screens are made from a technical fabric with a UPF rating of 50. Offering vital forearm protection on hot days, the coldblack® treatment ensures the fabric stays cool against the skin and the screens double up as emergency arm warmers. Ideal for when a descent sends temperatures plummeting or as evening draws in, a pair of screens fold down smaller than an energy bar so can be easily stored.

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Women

Rapha products for women combine technical fabrics with a fit and features created specifically for women riders. The ultimate training and racing apparel, the collection for Spring/Summer 2012 includes two classic products subtly reinvented with Rapha's trademark styling and functionality.

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Women's Lightweight Sportwool Jersey

Created for demanding all-day riding, the women's edition of this lightweight summer staple has been designed with the sportive rider in mind. Cut for a female shape, the soft, breathable fabric provides maximum moisture transfer. The full-length zip gives you even greater temperature control and the innovative pocket system includes a large, zipped ballast pocket, allowing ample room for energy bars, clothing and other supplies.

Due in stock early April

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Women's Merino Jersey

The result of considerable demand from our customers, Rapha is proud to present the first city riding product tailored specifically for women. The fine merino fabric is naturally high-wicking and anti-bacterial, so as well as letting your body breathe it feels extremely soft against the skin. The jersey's side panels are made from a knitted mesh, which, again, are highly breathable and also ensure a superb fit. The buttoned front makes it a versatile piece off the bike.

Due in stock early April

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Women's Wind Jacket

This women's edition of this versatile, three-season jacket performs brilliantly in changeable conditions. The ultra-lightweight material (a size 12 jacket weighs 150g) is totally windproof and shower resistant. It packs easily into a jersey pocket, making it a seasonal essential for long rides into uncharted territory. The jacket is great for cool starts, descents and sudden downpours.

Due in stock early March

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Pro Team

Designed in collaboration with Rapha Condor Sharp riders for aggressive, aerodynamic riding, the Pro Team collection is characterised by a pared down aesthetic and state-of-the art fabrics engineered to stay cool against the skin. Pro Team products offer superb performance in hot conditions and feature styling inspired by the legend of the 'Convicts of the Road'.

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Short Sleeve Pro Team Base Layer

A technical base layer designed for training and racing in hot conditions, the Short Sleeve Pro Team Base Layer carries the words, 'MERCI ROUBAIX', in honour of Franco Ballerini. The Italian, a Classics specialist, was a two-time winner of the Hell of the North and made a memorable sign-off at the end of his final Paris-Roubaix, in 2001. Crossing the finish line for the last time in the Roubaix velodrome, Ballerini unzipped his jersey, revealing the legend printed on his undervest.

Due in stock mid-March

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Sleeveless Pro Team Base Layer

Created for training and racing in hot conditions, the motto on the Sleeveless Pro Team Base Layer reads "VOUS ÊTES DES ASSASSINS" the famous exhortation from Octave Lapize after his 1910 ascent of the Col d'Aubisque. Nineteen-ten was the first year that Tour riders, or any road racers for that matter, had traversed such heights. Lapize's outrage at being made to ride such difficult terrain ranks among the most quoted lines in the history of cycling.

Due in stock mid-March

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Pro Team Jersey

Now available in a new grey and chartreuse colour option, the Pro Team Jersey is designed to meet the exacting standards of professional racers with cutting-edge performance. It has a skin-tight aero cut and is made from a high-stretch fabric that incorporates coldblack® technology, a wicking treatment that ensures the fabric feels cool against the skin. Additional features designed specifically for race day include mesh panels for additional breathability and a low-cut collar and high-stretch cuffs for comfort. The jersey has an eyelet for a race-radio cable and an internal label for team laundry use.

Due in stock mid-March

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Pro Team Bib Shorts

Reworked pro-grade bib shorts designed to meet the demands of elite-level racers. The shorts for 2012 use the same award-winning Cytech pad as the Classic Rapha Bibs for maximum range of movement. And the redevelopments didn't stop there: The 2012 verison of the shorts are made from a new Lycra-based fabric exclusive to Rapha, which is supportive, durable and flexible. The fabric is treated with coldblack® technology for a cool feel against the skin. The bib part of the shorts has been give improved elasticity and the grippers on the hem are new and improved. Ideal for high-tempo training, criteriums, stage races and time trials, the shorts are now the benchmark in performance race shorts.

Due in stock mid-March

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