There are no tougher tests for road racing garments than in the professional peloton, where any minor flaw or problem is amplified by all-out efforts and extreme conditions. Tested and developed by the riders of Team Sky, the Rapha Pro Team collection was born, and has been proven in, the highest level of competition. The most striking visual feature of the just released Spring/Summer 2015 Pro Team collection is the so called Data Print, a collaboration that creates graphic art from the science of modern road racing. London-based design studio Accept & Proceed used the ride data from the three weeks of a Team Sky rider’s grand tour to produce a unique graphic. Charting the story of each stage, the resulting print is made up of precisely scaled chevrons mapping the rider’s distance, elevation gain and effort, making it one of the boldest collections by Rapha till date, without losing the elegance which continues to set the brand apart from the peloton.
Featured in the beautiful photo series for the collection, shot by regular collaborator Ben Ingham in Hong Kong, is Team Sky rider and current British Road Race Champion Peter Kennaugh, the new face of Rapha Pro Team.
What I enjoy about working with Rapha, a company that understands the incredibly emotional nature of this sport. To them, it’s not just a cycling jersey, or a pair of socks; there’s a reason for every single part of the design, and they want their products to tell a story.
Without a doubt, out of the high quality collection, the Rapha Pro Team jersey is a racer’s staple. Designed and refined over five seasons, and with key insights from Team Sky, it is Rapha’s flagship jersey for riding at speed. It is a lightweight, high-performance racing jersey that has been worn in the world’s most demanding races. High-stretch performance fabrics and meshes are chosen for an aerodynamic fit, while a robust construction and clever panel layout means the jersey’s pockets, seams and zips stand up to the rigors of racing. Boasting the new Date Print design it will make you stand out on top of everything.
Photography by Ben Ingham.
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