Bournemouth football club's Matt Ritchie launches range of cycle clothing incorporating the club's colours and crest

If you thought that MTN-Qhubeka’s Newcastle United-esque kit was the closest a cycling jersey will ever come to mimicking a football top then you are mistaken.

For Premier League bound AFC Bournemouth, winners of England’s second-tier the Championship, have unveiled their own cycling apparel.

Bournemouth’s midfielder and keen amateur cyclist, Matt Ritchie, has worked in collaboration with his club and clothing manufacturer SaddleDrunk to release three different types of cycling wear that all include the Bournemouth crest.

AFC Bournemouth cycle clothing

AFC Bournemouth cycle clothing

“I really enjoy cycling,” Ritchie said. “I find it relaxing and it’s good if you can leave the road behind and find a good road with a few of your friends. It gives you thinking time. I can find it hard to switch off from football, especially on a Sunday.”

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The red and black jersey, in homage to the colours of Bournemouth, features dry fabric on the front and rear, a full length locking zipper and three back pockets. The bib shorts have elasticated grippers and high performance chamois.

Fans of the south coast club who want to get their hands on the attire, or even those who want to snap up a piece of rare sporting clothing, cannot purchase the wear online but in store only at the football club.

The jersey costs £70 and bib shorts cost £75.