With Rapha's explore collection launching back in March following 'the world's first gravel-specific shorts' courtesy of Pedal ED, it appears gravel clothing is truly a thing... and now the French cycling apparel brand Café du Cycliste have embraced the niche too with a gravel range.
The Solenne is a technical hooded jersey that "combines road cycling performance and an outdoor spirit", according to Café du Cycliste, with a textured top fabric to improve moisture transfer to regulate your core temperature while you're grinding over the gravel tracks. Café du Cycliste recommend it as a top layer in milder weather or combined with multiple layers for colder temperatures. The Solenne has a 'classic fit', with three cargo rear pockets and a red and green gravel badge (just so you know it's definitely for gravel riding).
You can complete your gravel get-up and just ride away Renée with the new Renée shorts, that use cutting edge fabrics to provide exceptional comfort and performance, so say Café du Cycliste. They have a slim cut and the hems are bonded to avoid friction, while you get two roomy side pockets with poppers to open and close them. There is no padding at the rear, instead they're designed either to be worn over padded shorts or on their own for shorter rides.
The Solenne is available now for £160 and the Renée shorts are £136, see the Café du Cycliste website for more info.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.