With the British race season about to kick off, we thought we’d round up a few of the top British teams’ attire for the year ahead.

On the whole, British domestic squads have produced a very elegant selection of kit. It’s a far cry from the Euro splurge on offer across the channel.

We invite you to comment and rate each team’s kit. Which is your favourite? And which wouldn’t you be seen dead in? Let us know in the comment box below…

Endura Racing Team
As one of the British teams to have made black kit cool, Endura has stuck to the winning formula with a few design tweaks for 2012. The lime green detailing now sweeps around the shoulders and down the arms, with the front of the jersey maintaining its clean, uncluttered design. Marvellous.
Web: http://www.enduraracing.com/

Enough of a nod to Raleigh’s undeniable racing heritage yet modern enough to not look like it’s trying too hard to be retro – this is a clever jersey design. New sponsor GAC gets pride of place in the centre of the chest.
Web: http://www.teamraleigh.co.uk

GWR team
GWR has gone for more white this season, with an almost entirely white jersey. Thankfully, the whiteness stops at the waist, with tasteful black shorts finishing things off down below for the west country-based squad. As everyone knows, white shorts are just not on.
Web: http://www.gwrteam.com/

Team Primal
Zebra stripes are a fitting design for the 2012 Primal team, whose jerseys have often incorporated animal-themed designs over the years. It may be black and white and lacking in colour, but it’s done in a Mario-Cipollini-good sort of way. We think.
Web: http://www.rutrainingtoday.co.uk/the-team

Cycle Premier
Cycle Premier has gone for a subtle rather than shouty colour-scheme, which only makes the faux carbon-fibre of the main chest logo stand out even more. All in all, it’s a pretty tasteful jersey.
Web: http://www.cyclepremier.co.uk/

Pedal Heaven
Several British teams have gone for all-black kit in 2012. It’s classy, sure, but does it stand out from the crowd? Not when everyone does it. Pedal Heaven brighten things up on their subtly-logoed version with some green detailing.

Node 4 Giordana
Born out of last year’s Motorpoint team, the black, white and orange colour scheme remains with some nice bold logos to give those sponsors a big shout. And we like sponsors of British cycling teams, so we’re all for big logos to give them some VFM.

Herbalife Leisure Lakes
Classy-yet-modern design for Herbalife Leisure Lakes’ 2012 strip, with some diagonal blocks doing the business in the bottom half.
Web: http://herbalifeleisurelakesbikes.com/

RST Trigon
There’s something about the RST Trigon kit that looks fast. Maybe it’s the slopey typefaces used in the main sponsors’ logos, like they’ve been blown over by the slipstream from a passing super-speedy cyclist. Or something.
Web: http://www.rstracingteam.com

Rapha Condor Sharp
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Rapha Condor Sharp stick with a slightly amended version of the distinctive black kit with pink and white details.Not quite as exclusive as it once was, as a couple of other teams have done something similar this season.
Web: http://www.raphacondor.cc/home

Velo 29
Velo29 have gone for a black background with horizontal strip across the front, the yellow and blue stripes stop it from being bland.
Web: http://www.velo29cyclingteam.co.uk/

Vanilla Bikes
Vanilla bikes have thrown out the colouring pens on their design, sticking with white and black to make a statement. It’s another clean and crisp design. Best to avoid muddy puddles with white kit, though.
Web: http://www.vanillabikes.com/

Now this one really will stand out in the peloton. Metaltek Scott have gone for primary yellow and blue with bold patterns on their jersey. Definitely not black.

UK Youth
In two minds about the UK Youth kit – from the front the jersey is a bit plain, but from the back there’s a big Union Flag on the rider’s backside emblazoned with ‘Wyndy Milla’. Anyone willing to ride with the word ‘Wyndy’ on their backside gets the thumbs-up from us. And the team is all about raising awareness of the worthy UK Youth charity too.
Web: http://www.teamukyouth.co.uk

IG Sigma Sport
Sigma Sport’s kit gets a neat redesign to relect title sponsor IG’s involvement with the team. It’s a neat looking kit, with black background and red details that wouldn’t look out of place on the backs of a WorldTour-level team. Which should please new recruit Dan Lloyd.
Web: http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/news/teamIGsigmasport

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  • bullyagv

    The RST kit is sweet !! I love a bit of lycra and i think the RST kit looks the mutts !!!!!

  • George pearl

    deffo the GWR one. Im quite happy i get to wear it for this season 🙂

  • Andrew

    RST all the way…..

  • JPG

    RST very cool !

  • Keith

    Node 4 for the best design and Primal Europe for the dustbin.

  • Rick

    RST Trigon kit looks simple but still stunning. Would match my motorbike kit, so also like the idea of a nod towards their heritage and brand.

  • Rich

    RST kit looks fab. Stands out from the crowd without being lairy and looking like something from the ’90s. Classy look that would’nt date

  • Stu Leonard

    Their is some nice kit here, some to lairy for me though, I really agree with the comments on the RST, not gone for flouro colours but good old red black and white, but the design looks strong. I also like one of thye other chaps above know thye brand from my motorcycle days, it was always good kit!

  • Andy M

    Got to be RST!!! Looks the biz.

  • John Cullaigh

    The black, red and white in the RST kit achieves a very racy and classic look. Superb!

  • JAWCycling

    RST is the best by far for me, with Metaltek-Scott last 🙂

  • Gabz Cullaigh

    RST kit looks super PRO! Very classy, no messing about

  • SPR

    The RST kit looks sick! I use RST leathers on my motorbike, didn’t know they did cycling kit as well… Gotta get me some!

  • jonny towers

    Wow the RST kit looks good, love the colour combo and design, def looks PRO !!

  • Kati C

    It’s got to be the RST kit for me…blistering!

  • Mike Parkinson

    RST is super cool, classy and stands out from the crowd

  • Lisa Brambani

    Got to be RST/Trigon. Cool , Classy and Fast!

  • Richard

    The RST trigon kit looks fabulous. Keeping the black, red and white from their motorcycle kit leaves an easily recognized brand whilst looking simple and classy.

  • Christian

    Loving the RST kit as it looks classy and fast!

  • David

    Where’s the Felt-Colbornes-Nectar RT kit, and Endura? Two awesome looking kits.

  • Stephen

    What about Endura! I knew Alex Salmond’s rants about independence would vilify us Scots sooner or later.

  • William Hirst

    Nice jersey from raleigh. Lets hope they actually win something this year.

  • Andy Granger

    Thanks for the Raleigh kit, LIKE it !! Back to the Malc Elliot Raleigh Weinmann days

  • KenH

    Love the Metaltek kit, not sure on the Primal stuff though……

  • Andy Granger

    Where’s Raleigh too !!!! Metaltec is the best and breaks the mould, node4 is ok . As for the others – club kit

  • mike warburton

    How do we get hold of the Primal team kit? I got to get one of those jackets!

  • steve

    Node 4 is the best kit & Metalck Scott is the worst. PZW Rule.

  • fatmaninlycra

    oh dear metaltek
    very retro velo 29
    Trigon looking sexy

  • Kevin

    Wot, no Endura?