Watching Stage 7 of the GIRO this week and Emanuele Sella get beaten into submission by Adam Hanson, there was lots of talk of how great it was that these guys were “up the road getting TV time for their sponsors“. In Hanson’s case the sponsors are obvious, and pretty well known. The team is also lucky to have principle sponsors who invest large amounts in the team, which in the end makes for a simple message and a nicely designed kit. In the case of Sella, not so much. A team that relies on a wildcard and the generosity of their national grand Tour finds it harder to attract the big name deal, and has to work hard to make the numbers work by bringing in as many backers as possible. It was just in this case apart from Venezuela (I took geography) I had no idea who any of the names where on the jersey (apart from the bike). So here it is, the anatomy of the Androni jersey.
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The year that: Wouter Weylandt was born. That Hinault attacked Fignon 5 times on the way to Alp D’Huez but couldn’t drop him, then had Fignon attack to win by 3 minutes. That Scot Robert Millar took the King Of The Mountains jersey and announced he was a vegetarian. Where Moser delivered on his dream of winning the Giro. That Grewal and Carpenter took gold at the Olympics for the US. An epic year for cycling, now captured and remembered by this killer jersey from GAGE+DESOTO. Not only a homage to a great year in cycling but to some of the most loved brands of the 80s. Logo’s in the 80s were cool.
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From the amazing archive of Douglas Siple.
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A nice minimal design on Pistard’s new jersey, made with MerinoPerform™ fabric (a mix of merino wool and polyester). There is a lot of utility baked into this design, with five cargo pockets, one of which has a waterproof zip to protect your phone. If you want one here is the place to go. I think we know which Milan team the guys at Pistard support (and what beer they drink). That red and black is a pretty big clue. All together now “Con il Milan nel cuore, nel profondo dell’anima, un vero amico sei, e insieme cantiamo….”
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In a drug induced sleep last night, brought on by a bad head cold (too much travel already this year spending time inside tin cans like planes and subways, which are really just very large Petri dishes) I had a great dream about Liege-Bastogne-Liege. I was on a team with Tom Boonen, probably brought on by seeing his Roubaix winning bike in the lobby of Specialized last week. We were in a break with Gilbert, Cancellara, and Thor (sorry Champ, I would rather have been on your team) and we had them all deep in our pockets. I kept yelling at “Tornado Tom” that if he didn’t keep pulling hard (as I sucked the life out of his rear wheel) he was going to loose the name Tornado and be renamed “Breezy Boonen“. He started crying because I was shouting so much, and we had to stop at the side of the road to calm him down (watching Fabian wave and ride off into the distance), and promise I wouldn’t call him “Breezy” in the press room after. I then had explain to my DS (Van Petegem, gulp) why I had made big Tom cry….
Man I LOVE Tylenol PM. If anyone is having similar drug induced cycling dreams, PLEASE SHARE. Tonight we dream of the Tour, me and “Big Mig” taking on Delgado and Pantani. I then woke this morning to find an email from Jenny at Freebirdvelo about this new t-shirt, spooky.
Above 1: Taking some sun on the Ghisallo ferry post ride.
Above 2: Topping up in the camper on Lake Como.
Above 1: Brad got a flat on Riverside Drive.
Above 2: On River Road, the weekly climb.
Above: Anwen sneaks a peak at the Tour, She likes Andy.
It is a rare occasion that I will go out and ride and not be in my Elcyclista jersey, but stashed in the middle of my “pile o’jerseys” I keep the Rapha Lightweight jersey I bought last year. This jersey is made for the current conditions we are having in New York. A heat index of 103, really! Now looking a slightly off-white it is one of the most comfortable jerseys I own. Putting it on again I rediscovered the details that make Rapha products that little bit special. The built in pump sleeve in the back pocket and the middle zip pocket (with the ring pull, making it easier to use). It makes me smile when something is designed just right. They are back in stock. Go buy one, you won’t regret the little bit extra you will pay.
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After what seemed like an eternity (but probably really wasn’t), the new Elcyclista kit from Capo Forma is in our sweaty mitts. Scuppered by Volcanoes and missed fabric delivery, the wait has been well worth it. The quality of the Capo product is pretty amazing. It is beautifully finished, and they really paid attention to the details. All the ink is crisp, and the panels are all aligned beautifully. I took the shorts for a test ride this morning and they a seriously comfortable. For those of you that ordered and paid in advance, thank you, thank you, thank you for hanging in there and being so patient. We will be sending your kit out tomorrow. For those of you that ordered, but haven’t paid you better hurry up because there is now a long list of people waiting for spares. Since we are now set up with the manufacturer in Italy we have been told if we place another order by the end of July we will have the kit by September. Which is somewhat quicker than this time around. So if anyone out there is interested we are starting to take numbers to build up that order (drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org). We did hats as well this time which we will get next week. For the September delivery order as well as repeats of the jersey, bibs, and arm warmers, we will be adding a Wind Vest and Thermal Jacket.
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Brandon Shincock shared this beautiful kit design he did for friends who ride together in California. I see some influences from Swiss and Dutch typography, and maybe even a little bit of Mondrian. It is a beautiful design, and not at all what you would expect to see on a kit, but will definitely stand out on the road for its minimalism. Anyone interested in getting in touch with Shandon you can contact him here: email@example.com
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This week marked the return of the Endurance Werx Central Park Rides. One of the benefits of heading over Brooklyn Bridge at 5.30am at this time of year is you get to see Downtown Manhattan just as the sun is coming up and hitting the buildings. Even after all this time I still find it hard to look at this skyline and think about what is missing. The ride is getting a great turnout, and as the laps went up so did the pace with the pulls getting shorter and shorter. I think after a few of these I might actually find some legs. Also spotted in our group, the ever classic Rapha editioned jersey celebrating Andy Hampsten’s ride on the Gavia. Very appropriate with my favorite Grand Tour approaching, and the fact I might actually ride it this summer. All be it without the snow.