Cometh the Hour, cometh the Team Wiggins replica team kit from Rapha (plus associated hour-related puns).
Next weekend sees Sir Bradley Wiggins attempt to break Alex Dowsett's Hour record at the Olympic Velodrome in London and what better way to help him go faster than to cheer him on wearing Team Wiggo replica kit.
The “classically inspired” kit, which pays homage to the Team GB kit of yesteryear, plus mod culture and the ‘flying formation’ of the Wiggins team, say Rapha, includes:
As the name suggests, it's based on the team jersey and as you’d expect it features all the usual technical attributes - high wicking material, anti bacterial material, the usual number of pockets etc, and a race cut. Styling is Eighties Team GB jersey given a mod makeover - dig that roundel! - and other stylistic touches include the word WIGGINS on the back panel (just in case) in what Rapha say is specially commissioned typography. Note that it isn't part of Rapha's Pro Team collection.
Basically these are Rapha’s highly regarded Pro Team bibs as worn by Team Sky and now Team Wiggins too. As you’d expect they say WIGGINS on them rather prominently. These shorts are a limited edition item too and each pair is individually numbered. No word on what the limit on the edition is in the Rapha press release but you can take it that it’s going to be some way south of 1,000,000. Given they’re £190 a pop.
Quarter panel construction and features the word WIGGINS prominently, but you guessed that.
Extra long in the modern style favoured by the team, the socks feature a star graphic on the back - again inspired, say Rapha, by the team’s flying formation (we're assuming here they don't mean where they all sit on the plane for away races). In a bold break with the styling on the rest of the kit, though, the socks don’t feature the word WIGGINS anywhere so you can wear them on non-team kit days too.
Finally, for those who want to show their support but not in team kit, this cotton T-shirt features the team roundel on the front and the team logo, WIGGINS, on the back.
As you’d expect from Rapha it’s all classy looking clobber. You can take a closer look yourself by popping along to www.rapha.cc.
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