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Rapha release Bordeaux-Paris jersey

UK clothing brand launches jersey for 50th anniversary of Tom Simpson's victory

Rapha have released a new Bordeaux-Paris Jersey, based on the Brevet Jersey from previous years, to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of Tom Simpson’s 1963 victory in the race.

Bordeaux-Paris, last run in 1988, was a marathon event covering a massive distance of about 350 miles (560km). That required it to take place overnight with the last 125 miles (200km) motor paced with Derny bikes. Simpson was the last of the three British winners.

The Bordeaux-Paris Jersey, priced at £130, has been designed with several Audax-specific features: extra-large cargo pockets for food and essentials, a dedicated valuables pocket, and a water-resistant chest pocket for ATM cards.

Hi-vis detailing, such as reflective stripes on the sleeve and chest, are also to be found on the matching polyester gilet (£90). Finishing touches include an embroidered ‘TS’ to honour Simpson’s victory.

The jersey is made from Sportwool, a mix of merino wool and polyester, and comes with a full-length front zip. You’ll find it available on the Rapha website now. 

Sale of the jersey coincides with a charity event spearheaded by Rapha CEO Simon Mottram, to take place in September 2013. The Rapha Bordeaux-Paris Challenge Ride, which seeks to raise £250,000 aid of Ambitious About Autism, will be a team relay run over 24 hours and following the historic race route. Entries are still open on the Rapha website

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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