When we rode around Nice a couple of weeks ago the temperatures were already in the mid-teens, so it’s appropriate that premium French clothing brand Café du Cycliste, which is based in the city, has just released its summer range. It includes pieces appropriate for the really hot conditions which can prevail in Provence in the summer, as well as kit more appropriate to less extreme conditions.
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It says that it has used new fabrics and added technical features and details, to ensure performance across a wide range of conditions. The new collection includes clothing for both men and women.
For proper hot weather, there’s the Micheline, which Café du Cycliste says is ultra-lightweight and made of two different mesh fabrics: vertical in the sleeves and diamond in the body panels.
These can be paired up with the Blandine lightweight bibshorts, with compressive fabrics and perforated panels and priced at £146. The pad is Cytech’s latest range-topping model. There’s also a new ultralight base layer available.
For a wider range of conditions, Café du Cycliste recommends the Georgette mid-weight merino blend jersey. There’s a mesh panel at the back and mesh sleeves.
And for cooler starts, the Jaqueline gilet is packable, with a windproof front panel and a rear mesh to prevent overheating. Café du Cycliste has also introduced a new merino baselayer to complement these pieces.
It has also updated the colours available for its other clothing including the Louise, made from a silk blend, and its Lucienne and Violette merino jerseys, both priced at just over £100.