We’re in the midst of the 104th edition of the Giro d’Italia. It is the first of the three Grand Tours in the season and arguably the most gruelling. 2020 champion Tao Geoghegan Hart has not returned to race, but there is two-time Italian winner Vincenzo Nibali in contention for the famous pink jersey. In fact, up until the mid-50s the tour was dominated by Italians, none more so than the epic rivalry between Gino Bartali and the rakish Fausto Coppi. Gino Bartali said that Coppi looked like a skinned cat, but he is best remembered for the phenomenal strength in his legs, where if he attacked at his peak, he was never caught. They both wore the knitted Italian jerseys of the time, which were just downright cool. Coppi often sported a pair of shades stationed below a hat which had its brim flipped up, the same style of cap that The Rake Riders is now offering as part of their new collection. Back to the Italian riders, there's been countless other Giro d’Italia victors since with superior eccentricities. There was Marco Pantani who was known as Il Pirata because of his shaved head and rakish bandana and thick silver hooped earring. It made him stand out as a symbol of style which epitomised the culture of the late '90s. And of course, Cipollini, whose memorable kits included muscle suit, zebra and tiger prints, and techno-skinsuit inspired by the 1982 film Tron. He was occasionally seen on his mobile phone mid-race at the back of the peloton chatting to mates whilst smoking a cigarette.
The buying window for The Rake Riders Cycling Club kit is open from now until Sunday 30th May 2021. Delivery for this limited edition kit will be 4-5 weeks.