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Stolen Goat Epic women’s cycling jersey

Stolen Goat is one of a plethora of relatively new and trendy clothing brands that share a common talent for combining zany prints with an impressive ability to harness the power of social media. However, whilst on occasion the reality behind the well presented image and actual performance throws up a bit of a disconnect, in the case of Stolen Goat, what you see is what you get.

I’ve been waiting for some Stolen Goat kit to arrive in my office for some time, and when it did I was thrilled.

The Epic jersey (£95) is a race fit garment, it’s designed with fast riding first and foremost. Available in Rise Blue and Rise Pink, it shares a fade design which looks a lot like the ‘Bodyline’ (£75) version, but has a few extra nods to performance not seen on the more entry level garment.

The primary material employed here is a four way stretch ‘SpeedSilk’; this is a heat treated Lycra that has been engineered to create a tight but unrestricted fit, whilst also helping reduce wind resistance and give back a few watts on fast rides. The side panels are constructed from a lighter mesh, and the same treatment is given to the underarm area to aid ventilation.

Pulling the jersey on, the material felt extremely soft, and it conformed perfectly to my body. I’m pretty picky when it comes to jersey fit, but this material ticked all of my boxes, leaving me wondering why more brands don’t go for something this high in stretch. The delicate nature of the fabric does mean that it shows up the outline of bib straps and any seams on a sports bra, so this isn’t really a design suited to riders who might feel uncomfortable about that.

The sleeves are long, with raw cut edges and the neck fitted well, a common stumbling block in some jersey designs. Breathability in this lightweight beauty (it came in at 108g on our scales) was top notch and even on unseasonably warm spring rides, sweat was kept at bay.

At the bottom, Stolen Goat has used what it calls a ‘powerband’ – this highly elasticated strip sits flat against the body when standing and creates a great sillouette.

I did find that the ‘powerband’ curled up a little at the bottom on the bike which was a bit distracting. On Stolen Goat’s sizing chart, I came in at a small on the chest and hips and an extra small at the waist (sizes range from XS-XXL). The brand sent an extra small, and I’m pretty sure the curling at the waist I experienced would be eliminated in a small, which is the size I usually opt for with most brands. I think in this case the deviation was unwise, given the aero nature of the kit.

Interestingly, at the back, Stolen Goat has gone with three rear pockets, and no zipped compartment – a downgrade on the cheaper ‘Bodyline’ option. This is presumably down to the ‘aero day out’ nature of this piece of kit, but I’d argue that (even if I was to race in non-team-kit), I still want a pocket to stash my car key – and if I’m out for a fast summer spin, I still don’t want to lose my phone. I understand the ethos of keeping the pockets limited for the Epic jersey, but I’m not a fan of the decision.

Heading out for longer rides, with no intention of stopping for lunch, I did find space in the pockets was a bit limited. I could stuff my tuna roll in there alongside a pump, multitool and phone, but I got the feeling I wasn’t meant to. On the plus side, the close fit meant nothing in the pockets jumped around when I was out the saddle.

The brand has opted for heat transfer labels, so there’s no nasty scratchy sewn-in washing instructions, and after several washes this garment has held its (stunning colour) and shape.

The colour of course can’t be ignored: I’m a bit in love with it.

Coming in at £95, this piece of kit is a bit of an investment, but it rubs shoulders in terms of performance with more expensive options such as the Castelli’s Women’s Aero Pro jersey (£115) and the Rapha Pro Team jersey (£120), yielding it a good value for money choice if you’re after a race ready cut.

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Bernal auctions Tour de France jerseys and bike for children’s charity in Colombia

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) is auctioning a bike, along with jerseys from the Tour de France, in order to provide food and other supplies for Colombian children during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 23-year-old, who won the Tour de France last year, is running the auction to raise money for Fundación Exito, a children’s charity.

There are three jerseys up for grabs, including the iconic yellow Tour de France leader’s jersey that Bernal wore last year. Bidders can also win the white jersey Bernal wore earlier in the race as best young rider, as well as a standard-issue Team Ineos jersey.

As well as the jersey, Bernal is auctioning a bike that’s “similar to the one I train and race on”. His standard bike is a Pinarello Dogma F12 with Shimano Dura-Ace wheels and groupset.

“We’re currently facing an enormous problem, here in Colombia and across the world, and I want to make a proposition. Together with Fundación Exito, we’re going to run a big auction with some great things that will hopefully see many of you participate,” Bernal said in a video message.

“In addition, what you can do is, if you want to donate some money, you can go to fundacionexito.org. From the money we manage to collect, we can gather supplies and distribute them to the children who need it most.

“I’m doing something on my part. This is a challenge. Everyone is accepting challenges, this is my challenge, and I hope you accept it and we can raise a lot of money for kids who need it so badly.”

Bernal’s auction comes 24 hours after Alberto Contador placed his 2011 Specialized Tarmac on eBay. Others in professional cycling to contribute to the coronavirus relief effort include Davide Martinelli, who is using his bike to courier medicine and other supplies to the vulnerable in his home region in Italy, and Michał Kwiatkowski, who has offered up apartments he owns in Poland for doctors and nurses.

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Bigla-Katusha reveal new dark blue 2020 jersey

Bigla-Katusha have revealed an all-new kit for the 2020 season that keeps their traditional aqua blue but adds navy blue and salmon pink to the palette. Katusha Sports have designed the jersey with light patterning on the collar and back of the jersey.

The colour scheme is also used on the team-issued CHAPTER2 bikes, Tacx water bottles and Endura helmets.

According to a press release from Katusha Sports, the 2020 race kit is fully bespoke for each rider, with every item being made to measure, for a perfect fit, to meet each rider’s individual needs.

“Working with an open brief we were able to design a truly stand out kit, different and unique in the peloton,” said Alexis Schoeb, CEO of Katusha. “To be able to bring our technology driven methodology in, and balance it with a bespoke design has been a great experience. I love this kit, I really do.”

After years of partnership in the men’s WorldTour, Katusha Sports announced last October that they would co-title sponsor UCI Women’s Continental team Bigla this year.

Bigla-Katusha re-signed Clara Koppenburg as a team leader for 2020 but has lost Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig to FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope.

Although the team is not one of the eight women’s teams that have acquired WorldTour status this year, they are among the second-tier of Continental teams and are expected to contest many of the highest level of races in the world.

“I am very excited to have Katusha as our kit partner, because they produce products of such high quality and also original design,” Koppenburg said in a team press release.

“My expectations of our new team kit were accordingly quite high, but they were exceeded when I saw the design and tried it on. I absolutely love our new kit. The colours and the small details, combined with the superior tech and quality is a perfect balance, and I can’t wait to wear this at the races and training all year long.

“I anticipate that every time I will put it on, I’ll fell such pride, excitement and power on the bike, which will motivate me to give everything in training and racing, and represent our team as well as possible.”

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This year, ride Cycle Oregon with a purpose: Ride for a child

On January 29th, Cycle Oregon will announce its 2020 routes at the annual Kickoff Party. According to their website we can expect some surprises such as, “short and long options, gravel options, multiple layover days, bonus activities, and more opportunities to really become part of the communities.” The new options and extra rest and recovery time should make the ride accessible to more people, but plenty of riders will spend some time following the announcements wringing their hands over the costs, training time, and logistics of committing to a wonderful-but-challenging week of epic rides.

I’m here to tell you that there’s a way to ride Cycle Oregon with a built-in group of new friends, a schedule of training rides, extensive additional in-camp support, and maybe even some financial assistance; all while supporting another worthy charitable organization. It’s kind of like a Cycle Oregon cheat code and it’s called Ride for a Child.

Ride for a Child is still Cycle Oregon. You’ll experience the same world-class routes, on-course meals, entertainment, and mechanical support as every other rider. You’ll still support the great work that Cycle Oregon does in rural communities across the state, changing lives and building bridges through cycling and community development grants. But if you commit to raising money for Candlelighters for Children with Cancer, you can power-up your experience.

If you’ve ridden Cycle Oregon in the last 20 years, you might have noticed a pack of riders wearing matching jerseys with a child’s name printed on them; often folks think Candlelighters is a religious organization, it isn’t. Candlelighters for Children with Cancer is a non-profit that provides support and community for the whole family of kids fighting cancer. Support like travel and financial assistance, stuffed animals in the hospital, and an annual camp for families to relax and connect. Every year, Ride for a Child raises around $200,000 for Candlelighters, it’s a critical component of their fundraising.

You’re probably aware of Cycle Oregon’s tent-and-porter service, which is great. Not having to set up or tear down your tent can be the difference between a long shower line or an early start in the morning. Ride for a Child has tent and porter service and then some. Candlelighters are supported by a team of volunteers who set up camp while you’re on the road. Camp includes a private massage team (really!) and a hospitality tent stocked with snacks and beverages (of all types), and generators to charge your stuff.

The Ride for a Child support team hauls its own gear, which allows a bit more space and flexibility for riders. In addition to two large bins for your belongings every rider can bring along a cot or even an air mattress! Every morning you’ll wake up better rested and put on your freshly washed Candlelighters jersey because another benefit of Ride for a Child is nightly laundry service!

Cycle Oregon is full of friendly and interesting people, but, unless you’re a world class extrovert, it can be daunting to find a crew to hang out and ride with. Ride for a Child participants show up on Day One with a group they can meet and train with well before hand. Your distinctive jersey will attract questions and comments, too, giving you more chances to meet new people. And the community goes beyond the riders, you’ll get to know the children we honor on the ride, including a heartwarming “ride-out” one afternoon on the route with the children followed by dinner with their families.

This year Candlelighters wants to make Cycle Oregon and Ride for a Child more accessible to some new riders. If you’re a first time rider with the team and you commit to raising $2,500 for Candlelighters, then Candlelighters will cover the cost of your Cycle Oregon registration! This option is limited to 10 participants.

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Mads Pedersen: I’m still hungry and this is just the beginning

Men’s world road champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) has laid down a warning to his rivals by stating that his win in Yorkshire was just the beginning and that he hopes to win several important races before eventually hanging up his wheels.

The 24-year-old put in a masterful performance to win the rainbow jersey in Yorkshire last Autumn and take the biggest win of his career so far. Speaking to Cyclingnews at the Trek-Segafredo training camp this winter, the Danish rider pinpointed Paris-Roubaix as his dream race to win but the young rider would not put a timeframe on the subject, admitting that he was still learning to race as the men’s road world champion.

“I really want to win Paris-Roubaix. I won it as a junior and I want that big cobblestone at home. I won’t say I will win it this year because I know how difficult it is to win those Classics but hopefully I have a few more years at the top level. But if I win Flanders and not Roubaix by the end of my cycling career then I’ll still be proud. I’m still hungry though. This is just the beginning. I’m only 24 and I want more,” Pedersen told Cyclingnews.

Pedersen will make his 2020 race debut at the Tour Down Under later this month before building up for the Classics at the Challenge Mallorca. He will race in Belgium at the Opening Weekend before leading a strong Trek-Segafredo team into the bulk of the Classics. Racing with the rainbow jersey on his shoulders will attract pressure and scrutiny but one of cycling’s most coveted and iconic jerseys will also help Pedersen draw inspiration and confidence. From a tactical point of view, the Dane also thinks that his rivals could spend too much time watching him and that other Trek Segafredo riders could exploit situations.

“I’m ready. I think that I’m ready. I hope that I am. Of course, it’s a new situation and I have to learn how to race like that. In Denmark, we say that if one bad thing happens for one then a good thing can happen for another. So, maybe we could play it so that if a lot of people are looking at me then it could be good for the team because we have a lot of strong riders,” Pedersen said.

“I want to be on the top, top level and fight for the races. If you’re strong enough then everything is possible. I was super bad in the spring last year but then I won Worlds. Now I need to reach a top-level with consistency. It’s about believing that every time I race I can be at the top. Power-wise I’ve shown that I can be there. Maybe it’s a mental thing about doing it in all the races that I do.”

The winter saw media interest in Pedersen reach new levels. His Worlds win meant more sponsor activity and a long list of interview requests. He and his team have tried to keep his off-the-bike duties to a reasonable amount as he gets used to riding as the world champion, and Pedersen has kept his feet on the ground. He hasn’t even watched his Worlds win.

“I’ve had chances to watch it but I’ve chosen not to. I want to keep the initial impressions from the race as I saw them on the day. At one point I’ll sit down and watch them but for now, I want to keep the memories as I see them.”

Back in his home country, Pedersen has also turned his attention to repaying his family for all of their support since he started cycling. Last September he opened a local bike shop which meant that his father could give up his job as a truck driver and work part-time in the family-run business.

“My family is really important to me and it’s important for me to stay around. My dad is working in my bike shop. I opened it so that he had something to do. We have a mechanic but my dad has free time now so he can help me with things like motor pacing. He’s been with me since I started cycling. We have a really strong bond, and it’s stronger than most people have with their fathers. I said that when I was 15 that if I ever earned enough money from cycling to help him stop being a truck driver then I would do it.”

“There was no connection in cycling with my family. I started with football and badminton. I started with team sports but I didn’t really like it. It was always other people’s fault when we lost and I smashed too many rackets in badminton. So my dad bought me a bike and I would ride with him. I was around seven and I liked riding with him. Everything grew from there.”

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The best winter cycling jackets available in 2020

It might not be the most glamorous part of the cycling season, but riding during the winter is a fact of life for most cyclists.

Whether you’re racing, training or just commuting to work, the specific demands of cycling in the harsh conditions aren’t easily met, and if you want to stay comfortable out on the road, getting your clothing choices right is vital.

Jackets, in particular, are a key piece of your armoury, as while your legs will generate some heat through use, protecting your core and arms from the elements is paramount to keeping you warm and in control of your bike.

The choice used to be limited to fleeced long sleeve jerseys or plastic rain capes. But development and innovation in fabrics and fit means that clothing for cold and wet conditions has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years.
What to look for in a winter cycling jacket
1. Windproof fabrics

While the wind helps keep you cool and dry in the summer, it’s one of your worst enemies in the winter. Windproof fabrics do just as they say and block the wind from passing through the fabric and cooling you down.

It used to be that windproof fabrics lacked breathability and you would, therefore, end up cold and wet simply from your own sweat. But modern fabrics have vastly improved in this regard.

Many brands also strategically use panels of different materials across their jackets – with heavier, less breathable fabrics on the front, and lighter, more breathable fabrics on the rear, for example.

Alternatively, some jackets, especially those which use heavier fabrics, incorporate zippered vents that can be opened and closed to further regulate ventilation.
2. Water repellency

Along with lower temperatures, winter also brings rain. In constant rain, you’ll likely be better off with a fully waterproof jacket. But on more changeable days, a softshell jacket with water repellent fabrics or Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment is best.

These jackets can shrug off road spray or a short shower, but usually offer better fit, comfort and breathability than a dedicated waterproof jacket.

There can be a downside though – these treatments and membranes can often reduce breathability, although the penalty with high-end modern fabrics is small. The perfect jacket for a slightly warmer, wet day might not be best for a cold, dry day, where you really don’t want your own sweat to make you cold.
3. Fit

As with all cycling clothing, winter jackets come in a range of fits. Some will be designed to be form-fitting and aerodynamic, often with racers in mind. Others will have looser fits, with consideration for fit off the bike, and the ability to layer up underneath for added versatility or protection.

There are some jackets that try to do it all, but most specialise and target a specific type of rider and usage.

The jackets chosen here have been selected with road use in mind, and therefore largely prioritise a close, aerodynamic fit, to varying degrees. While any of these will work just fine for off-road or MTB use, we’d still suggest looking for mountain bike jackets that have been specifically designed for those disciplines if you’re intending to dedicate a lot of your riding time to them.
4. Reflective detailing or high-visibility colours

It goes without saying that if you’re riding in the dark, you need lights for your bike. Don’t overlook reflective detailing and/or high-visibility colours for your clothing, however.

If the clouds close in, or if you end up staying out slightly longer than planned, light levels can drop, and bright colouring or added reflective elements will help other road users spot you out on the road.

Furthermore, high-visibility doesn’t have to mean you look like you’re wearing safety equipment anymore, with many brands now offering a range of colours beyond fluorescent yellow.

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‘Real Yellow Jerseys’ awarded to everyday heroes of cycling

The UK’s first ‘Real Yellow Jerseys’ have been awarded to everyday heroes of cycling.

Ten jerseys, handknitted in Tour de France yellow, have been presented to people who’ve used cycling to change their lives and inspire more of us to ride our bikes.

Jenny Box, head of behaviour change in England, said: “We wanted to celebrate all those amazing people across the country who are getting back on their bikes, changing their lives and helping others to do the same.

“They’re the real heroes of cycling whose skills, commitment and personal journeys are helping the nation reap the benefits of two wheels. The Real Yellow Jersey is also a symbol of everything that’s to be celebrated about everyday cycling and encouragement for more people to get in the saddle.”

Martin Williams, 45, from Birmingham, was living on the streets, addicted to drugs and suffering from anxiety and depression before cycling helped him turn his life around. He took part in Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival scheme which aims to help people overcome the barriers stopping them from cycling, such as a lack of skills, financial hardship, disability, cultural background or health issues.

Williams has learnt cycle mechanic skills and now teaches others. He’s in accommodation and has been clean for the past 18 months and through his volunteering work feels like he now has purpose, motivation and a positive outlook for his future.  He said: “Cycling has transformed my life, really helping my mental health, but this yellow jersey is the icing on the cake. I’ve never won anything before.”

Joy Anibaba, 55, from the West Midlands only learnt to ride in her 50s and has since become a ride leader inspiring and empowering other women to cycle more.  She said: “It’s wonderful to be honoured in this way. I’m proof that if I can do it, anyone can. I never thought I’d get a yellow jersey, especially one so warm and beautiful!”

Declan Nangle, who’s ten and from Kidderminster, didn’t think he’d ever be able to ride a bike because he suffers from dyspraxia, a developmental disorder that makes coordination and balance difficult. He’s now cycling every weekend after being given a bike for his tenth birthday and learning to ride through the Big Bike Revival.

He said: “When I first started riding a bike I was a bit scared about crashing, but that’s something I don’t have to worry about now. You learn to overcome your fear.”

Cycling UK’s Real Yellow Jersey recognises that cycling isn’t just about sport; it’s an everyday activity for leisure, transport and health, and part of a solution to many of society’s biggest problems from climate change and air pollution to obesity and mental health issues.  Each ‘jersey knit’ garment took eight hours to complete.

Chris Boardman, policy advisor for British Cycling, added: “The Real Yellow Jersey for the everyday heroes of cycling really shines a light on how cycling can turn lives around, improving health, fitness and wellbeing and I applaud all the recipients for their achievements.”

More than 70% of the UK population admit they never cycle even though the benefits are well-documented. People who cycle regularly in mid-adulthood typically enjoy a level of fitness equivalent to someone ten years younger and their life expectancy is two years above the average.

Meanwhile, the NHS is spending more than £6 billion a year on obesity-related illness; transport accounts for 33% of carbon emissions in the UK and drivers are losing £7.9 billion every year because of traffic congestion. Meanwhile, 57% of car journeys in Great Britain are under five miles, which Cycling UK says could be cycled.

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It’s About to Get a Whole Lot Easier to Bike Between Philly and the ’Burbs

The Circuit Trails in Pennsylvania and New Jersey — one of the largest trail networks in the nation — just got a big funding boosts, and nearby cyclists, joggers, and outdoors-lovers will soon reap the benefits.

Just-announced grants totaling $18 million are to be allocated toward the local trail system, and part of that funding is earmarked for a feasibility study of a new trail linking Philly’s Forbidden Drive to the nearby Morris Arboretum. Currently, the only way to get from one to the other via bike or foot is by road: West Northwestern Avenue in Germantown connects Forbidden Drive to the Wissahickon Trail near the arboretum.

Much of the funding will come from the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, which, as part of the county’s 2020 capital budget, approved $10 million in funding for the development of the Circuit Trails network. Another $8 million comes from federal, state, and local grants.

In addition to funding a feasibility study for a trail connecting Forbidden Drive to the Morris Arboretum, the grants will fund several other projects. The Chester Valley Trail in Chester and Montgomery counties will get a four-mile extension that will effectively link Exton to Philadelphia (with the exception of a minor disconnect) via the Valley Forge trails and the Schuylkill Valley trails. This will effectively add 89 miles of continuous trail to the Circuit Trails network, according to The Pottstown Mercury.

Some other changes the funding will allow include:

Three miles of additional trails for the Erdenheim Farm, Cross Country, and Wissahickon trails
An additional .7 miles for the Pennypack Trail
Design plans for a new section of the Schuylkill River Trail between Industrial Highway to Route 422
Design plans for the Trail Junction Center
An advanced feasibility study for a trail connecting Germantown Pike to Joshua Road

To qualify as a Circuit Trail, a trail must be off-road, 10 feet wide or more, multi-purpose, paved, and connected to other Circuit Trails. When completed, the Circuit Trails will make up a 750-mile trail network through the Greater Philadelphia region.

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WorldTour kit guide 2020 – Who’s wearing what?

The 2020 season is only weeks from getting under way, and most of the WorldTour squads have had their team presentations, team camps and new season kit reveals.

The peloton will look quite a bit like the 2019 WorldTour, with AG2R La Mondiale, Astana, Bora-Hansgrohe, CCC Team, Team Ineos, UAE Team Emirates and Movistar sticking with very similar designs.

There are a few head-turning looks, with Bahrain McLaren the loudest of the new kits and Lotto Soudal toning things down with quite a bit more black. Team NTT bring back the dark blue and black previously held by Team Sky, while Israel Start-Up Nation’s new look is almost as confusing as their name.

Cofidis have just unveiled their new jerseys, but we’re still awaiting those from Mitchelton-Scott and Groupama-FDJ, and will update this article as they unveil their 2020 designs.

AG2R La Mondiale

Brand: Rosti
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 3
In a nutshell: No change

The French AG2R La Mondiale team stick with the same kit they’ve worn for the past two seasons, made by Italian brand Rosti. That means the much-maligned brown shorts, now surely icons of world cycling, are here to stay and ruffle feathers. The team seem happy to settle on that three-panel design, which lends a fresher, more modern feel than previous efforts.

What we like: Ignoring the haters and sticking with the brown shorts
What we don’t: The brown shorts are, nevertheless, awful.

Astana Pro Team

Brand: Giordana
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 5
In a nutshell: Familiar

To mark 15 years in the pro peloton, Astana unveiled their kit which holds to the usual teal and yellow, the colours of Kazakhstan.

Nearly unchanged from 2019, the kit gets a slightly wider yellow accent band on the lower leg and a sponsor-free yellow arm band.

It’s a clean, easy-to-spot combination of colours that will make the team stand out in the peloton.

What we like: Keeping with the theme, Astana will be easily recognisable
What we don’t: With the exception of Lutsenko, sub-par national champion’s kits

Bahrain McLaren

Brand: Le Col
Colours: 4
Sponsors: 7
In a nutshell: A complete refresh to herald the McLaren era

The Bahrain McLaren team’s new dawn comes with a complete refresh in the kit department. Having worn a predominantly red jersey with shades of gold and blue in their first three seasons, it’s all change as McLaren enter the sport as co-title sponsor.

The red is retained on the left shoulder and sleeve but the main colour is bright orange. Throw in some electric blue on the trim of the sleeves and also the socks and you have an in-your-face design that will surely split opinion.

Having previously been supplied by Sportful, the kit is made by Le Col, a British brand founded by former rider Yanto Barker. They supplied Team Wiggins this season but are now excited about hitting the WorldTour, and have been working with McLaren on perfecting their top-line range.

What we like: That lovely blue on the socks and trim
What we don’t: A little overcrowded by sponsors

Bora-Hansgrohe

Brand: Sportful
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 8
In a nutshell: Only the slightest of tweaks to the green chevron design

In 2018, Bora-Hansgrohe topped the Cyclingnews readers’ ‘best kit’ poll, and the German team are sticking with that same formula for a third season in a row now. With black shorts and a black collar, the bulk of the jersey is devoted to those seafoam green chevrons, which have proved such a hit.

The slight tweak for 2020 sees a little more white introduced to the middle of the jersey, while the number of chevrons of different shades of the green drops from five to thee. Ötztal, a region in the Austrian Alps, has its logo added to the chest and sleeve.

What we like: Those wonderful chevrons
What we don’t: Have ‘Band of brothers’ as a tagline but don’t print it on the jersey

CCC team

Brand: Etxeondo
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 6
In a nutshell: ORANGE

CCC Team keeps their signature orange and white jersey with a short fade to black at the bottom to transition into the all black and white shorts.

Greg Van Avermaet gets gold arm bands as Olympic champion and a gold helmet while the rest of the squad sport band-free arms and orange helmets.

More orange than Bahrain McClaren, CCC Team will be easy to pick out in a crowd.

What we like: Simple, clean design
What we don’t: The last in the era of the colour fade it’s time to shrink this element to zero.

Cofidis

Brand: Nalini
Colours: 4
Sponsors: 4
In a nutshell: A return to a little more red, but no huge changes for the French team

You have to look hard to spot the differences in the Cofidis kit between 2019 and 2020, but they’re there.

The French squad has made the step back up to WorldTour level after 10 years as a Pro Continental team, and they’ve made a big signing to mark the occasion in European road race champion Elia Viviani.

And while the Italian will be wearing his white, blue and yellow champion’s jersey for at least the first half of the 2020 season, his teammates will sport a return to a more red design versus last year’s jersey, with much more red on the shoulders, the ‘Cofidis’ name in black, rather than red, and shorts that lose the oh-so-2019 red-to-black fade in favour of a bolder red design with black bands.

What we like: A consistent design that leaves you in no doubt which team this is
What we don’t: The gaudy red-and-yellow colour combo doesn’t exactly invite replica-kit buyers. How many non-pro riders have you ever seen sporting their kit? That may well not worry the team too much; it certainly stands out in today’s pro peloton

Deceuninck-QuickStep

Brand: Vermarc
Colours: 4
Sponsors: 9
In a nutshell: Are those braces?

Deceuninck-Quickstep tinkered with their usual blue and white kit made by Vermarc, adding a lot more white to the jersey with a sweeping band of blue at the waist that is purported to be the ‘Wolfpack’ ears… okaaaaay.

Cluttered with logos, the design gets a splash of yellow for sponsor Lidl and a touch of red thanks to Quickstep and Specialized.

While the number of sponsor logos hasn’t gone up, the block of white makes the jersey look far more cluttered than last year’s.

What we like: The colour scheme is still recognisable as QuickStep
What we don’t: The entire redesign is just off

EF Education First

Brand: Rapha
Colours: 4
Sponsors: 4
In a nutshell: Bright pink number tuns even more psychedelic

The Slipstream set-up raised eyebrows last year when they unveiled a bright pink design with new sponsor EF Education First, with shades of blue in a daring tie-dye effect. The colours remain the same and, even though the tie-dye is no more, the psychedelic effect is retained by a series of wavy blue lines. The kit is made by British company Rapha, who not only supply the gear but also make videos about EF’s adventures on the so-called ‘alternative calendar’.

What we like: The pink works wonders with the navy shorts and warmers
What we don’t: The wavy blue lines are a little sickly

Groupama-FDJ

As yet unrevealed
Team Ineos

Brand: Castelli
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 3
In a nutshell: Exactly the same as this year

No change whatsoever for the British Team Ineos, who describe the move as “a thank you to our fans”.

This kit is only seven months old, part of the rebrand as Sky made way and Ineos stepped in. The primary colour has always been black – with the exception of a season in white in 2018 – but now the secondary colour is crimson rather than sky blue. Italian brand Castelli makes the kit for the fourth year in a row.

What we like: Sticking with it when even the slightest changes generate publicity
What we don’t: Saying it’s ‘for the fans’

Israel Start-Up Nation

Brand: Katusha
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 10
In a nutshell: A new look for the WorldTour era

The Israel Cycling Academy become Israel Start-Up Nation in 2020, as they make the step up to the WorldTour. Their ticket to the top tier came in the form of Katusha-Alpecin’s WorldTour licence, and a trace of the takeover is left in the form of Katusha supplying the kit.

The same white and light blue colourway is used on the jersey but, whereas it was previously blue with a diagonal flash of white, it’s now white with a strip of blue across. The shorts are still black but have been splashed with colour and logos.

What we like: Struggling
What we don’t: Over-sponsored and those shorts are an abomination

Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma added a little bit more movement to their bumblebee colour scheme, adding a diagonal black block behind the main sponsor logo on the chest and distinctive black shoulder patches on the back of the jersey.

The only downside is they pack a lot of small logos on the upper chest, somewhat interfering with what could be a clean and appealing design.

The overall effect is good in a group, and with so many team leaders for the Grand Tours with the addition of Tom Dumoulin, we fully expect to see them amass at the front of the peloton.

What we like: The black background for Jumbo and Visma adds a spark
What we don’t: Too many small sponsor logos on the top of the jersey

Lotto Soudal

Brand: Vermarc
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 9
In a nutshell: Less white, more black and red

Lotto Soudal balance out their kit with a black block on the upper chest and arms that creates a more cohesive overall look than in 2019. The sponsor logos are positioned very much the same so the feel is familiar.

In addition to the black upper, the belly of the jersey gets a splash of red, tying the jersey in with the shorts, which are mostly black with Lotto on the side panel and the Belgian flag emblem.

What we like: The black on the jersey balances out the black shorts
What we don’t like: We don’t think it will stand out in the peloton

Mitchelton-Scott

As yet unrevealed
Movistar

Brand: Alé
Colours: 3
Sponsors:
In a nutshell: New supplier, same colours

Movistar have announced a new kit partnership with Italian brand Alé, after several years with Endura, who said they’re pulling out because UCI rules were holding them back.

The full kit was launched at the team presentation on December 19 after a sneak peak and the colours are the same as this year, with a bight sky blue jersey and navy shorts.

The colour is in a fascinating waffle pattern that gives the effect of a slight fade at the bottom. It’s not as vibrant as 2019.

What we like: Those colours are great
What we don’t: The overall look isn’t quite as put together as 2019

Team NTT

Brand: Assos
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 6
In a nutshell: South African team goes blue for new sponsor

From the team that brought you the ice hockey referee jersey comes a new blue and black design to reflect the corporate colours of new title sponsor NTT. Formerly known as Dimension Data, the team’s jersey has been predominantly white but this is a major shift as Dimension Data is fully acquired by the Japanese NTT firm.

The jersey, made by Swiss brand Assos, is royal blue and fades to black, with the NTT logo prominent in white on the torso. The front is pretty clean but the rear is more busy, with the arms at the bottom representing the Qhubeka charity.

What we like: The blue and white, but does it go with the black?
What we don’t: Qhubeka arms will be hidden behind race numbers

Team Sunweb

Brand: Craft
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 7
In a nutshell: Same as this year but with big é’s and no fade

Team Sunweb usher in the post-Dumoulin era with a very similar offering to this year. The move to red – from white and black – was a big change for 2019, so Iwan Spekenbrink’s team are understandably sticking with the design.

There are, however, a couple of tweaks. Firstly the fade to black at the bottom of the jersey, which seemed to wind people up to a bizarre degree, is gone. Secondly, bike supplier Cervélo have taken the shoulder slots so we have those big é’s – the ones from Cervélo test team, Garmin, Dimension Data, and Cervélo-Bigla – once again. On a more minor note, BinckBank have replaced Samsung on the trim of the shorts.

The kit is made by Swedish brand Craft, who took over from Exteondo for 2019, and sees the continuation of the two large vertical stripes that are said to represent the team’s ‘keep challenging’ motto.

What we like: Thrilled to see Cervélo’s big shoulder é’s back in the WorldTour
What we don’t: The ‘keep challenging’ stripes, if only because it reminds us of that terrible motto

Trek-Segafredo

Brand: Santini
Colours: 3
Sponsors: 6
In a nutshell: In with the navy

White, red, and black have been Trek-Segafredo’s colours for many a year, but 2020 will see the introduction of some blue. The kits are still different, but the men’s jersey borrows from the existing women’s jersey in the form of navy blue. That’s the colour of the shorts and jersey sleeves, while the torso is white with a thick red stripe across the chest.

What we like: Made sustainably using eco-friendly materials
What we don’t: Splunk

UAE Team Emirates

Brand: Champion Systems
Colours: 5
Sponsors: 7
In a nutshell: Similar to 2019, with Whoosh replacing Emaar

UAE Team Emirates keeps their jersey largely the same for 2020, with the exception of a sponsor swap at the bottom of the jersey where Emaar is replaced by “Whoosh”.

The team unveiled their new look on Christmas Eve with a video-only press release, so it’s difficult to say what the entire kit will look like.

What we like: Consistency is key
What we don’t: There doesn’t seem to be an element that will stand out from helicopter shots

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Former homeless addict who became bike mechanic receives ‘Real Yellow Jersey’ from Cycling UK

Ten jerseys, hand-knitted in Tour de France yellow, have been presented to people who’ve used cycling to change their lives and the lives of others.

Martin Williams from Birmingham was homeless, living on the streets, taking drugs and suffering from anxiety and depression before he was put in touch with the Big Bike Revival group, New Roots.

Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival scheme (link is external) aims to help people overcome the barriers stopping them from cycling – whether lack of skills, financial hardship, disability, cultural background or health issues.

Williams was sectioned in 2017 following a suicide bid, but over the last year he has learned cycle mechanics skills and now teaches others. He is in accommodation and has been clean for the past 18 months.

He volunteers at New Roots five days a week and says he feels like he now has purpose, motivation, and a positive outlook for his future.

“Cycling has transformed my life, really helping my mental health, but this yellow jersey is the icing on the cake,” he said. “I’ve never won anything before.”

While the yellow jersey is worn by the leader of the Tour de France, Cycling UK’s Real Yellow Jersey recognises that cycling isn’t just about sport; it’s an everyday activity for leisure, transport and health, and part of a solution to many of society’s biggest problems from climate change and air pollution to obesity and mental health issues.

“The Real Yellow Jersey for the everyday heroes of cycling really shines a light on how cycling can turn lives around, improving health, fitness and wellbeing and I applaud all the recipients for their achievements,” said Chris Boardman, who wore the Tour’s yellow jersey on three occasions.

Jenny Box, Cycling UK’s Head of Behaviour Change in England, added: “We wanted to celebrate all those amazing people across the country who are getting back on their bikes, changing their lives and helping others to do the same.

“They’re the real heroes of cycling whose skills, commitment and personal journeys are helping the nation reap the benefits of two wheels.

“The Real Yellow Jersey is also a symbol of everything that’s to be celebrated about everyday cycling and an encouragement for more people to get in the saddle.”

Joy Anibaba from Olton in the West Midlands was another recipient of a Real Yellow Jersey. She learned to ride at 50 and joined a Big Bike Revival cycling group two years ago. Since then she has become the club secretary and a ride leader and has been a key figure in the growth of the group, inspiring scores of others.

Ten-year-old Declan Nangle from Kidderminster didn’t think he’d ever be able to ride a bike because he suffers from dyspraxia, a developmental coordination disorder that makes coordination and balance difficult. This summer, thanks to the Big Bike Revival, he’s learned how to ride and is now cycling every weekend. He’s even going on a cycling holiday.

Joan Reynolds from Walsall recently returned to cycling after a break of 65 years.  Now in her mid-80s, she decided that she needed a challenge and so took part in a Cycling UK Big Bike Revival event. Following one-to-one tuition and advice on which bike to choose, she is now a regular cyclist.

Janet Baird and her twin sister Margaret, from Harrogate, began cycling when they were 11, but after 40 years riding together Margaret sadly died in 2004. Janet couldn’t even look at her bike for years but thanks to the Big Bike Revival she is back in the saddle and full of renewed enthusiasm. She’s now encouraging her friends to get on their bikes and campaigns for more cycle routes in her local area.

When Caitlin Bartlett began cycling, she found many cycling spaces and bike shops intimidating. She felt like she had to pretend to know more than she did to avoid being patronised. Caitlin then found the Big Bike Revival group Beryl’s Night and is now a qualified mechanic working at a community organisation that teaches women and trans people about cycle maintenance.

50-year-old Linda Rackham from Norwich stopped cycling when she learnt to drive at the age of 19. Thirty years on and diagnosed with type II diabetes, she was looking for an exercise that suited her. Remembering the joy of cycling from her younger years she went along to a Big Bike Revival event to regain her lost confidence. She’s now cycling over 100 miles a month and has encouraged her partner and friends to join her.

Judith Swaffield from Southampton was looking for new experiences to cope with the grief of losing her mother. She joined a Big Bike Revival group which helped her to explore the local parks at a comfortable pace and she was able to find joy and happiness again with the support and friendship of the group.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her mid-30s, Rebecca from Bradford worried her cycling days were numbered. Thanks to a new bicycle and renewed confidence she hopes to continue riding for years to come.

Farzana Khan, from Bradford, Yorkshire, was not able to ride a bike but was determined that she and her children should learn so they could enjoy going out cycling together as a family. With the help and support of a Big Bike Revival group Farzana and her children have learned how to ride.