Rapha couldn’t possibly have timed better the arrival of their Winter Embrocation, part of a new British-made skin care range that will shortly also include lip balm, sun screen and shaving cream but for now just consists of the embro plus a chamois cream and soap.
Good old ‘Deep Heat’ from Boots is about the extent of our usual nippy morning’s ritual but the heady aromas wafting around the Cycling Weekly office betray that Rapha is aiming at a classy clientèle. Sure enough, they claim that their inspiration was the ‘fragrant herbs and plants that grow on the slopes of the legendary Mont Ventoux.’
Looking at the recipe, we’re not sure that Capsicum and Wintergreen grow in Provence but there are certainly enough plausible-looking ingredients including Atlas Cedar, Lavender and Cypress. The important thing is that it does a fine job if the rapid depletion of the 125ml sample pot is anything to gauge after these last cold days and a whole host of new converts.
At £20 for Winter Embrocation, £15 for the Chamois Cream and £7 for the soap, these must surely be the most affordable of Rapha items and the smart packaging will ensure that many a cyclist will be getting one or other of these for Christmas. Hint, hint.
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Winter Embrocation £20, Chamois Cream £15, Soap £7
Shutt VR launch new Autumn/Winter range, announce prestigious Swiss fabric supplier
Yorkshire clothing specialist Shutt Velo Rapide makes a big thing about the UK manufacture of their cycling kit but for their new Autumn/Winter range it hasn’t stopped them sourcing some of their fabrics from the Swiss company Eschler AG who are well known in the outdoor sports clothing industry for supplying all the best brands.
There are 20 new or revised Autumn/Winter garments in the range which their Peter Bragg hopes will “offer customers the best balance of style and performance in an affordable package, and all handmade in the UK.”
Highlights for us are the £85 Training Jersey (above right) and the £149 Winter Jacket and £59 Race Cape (below), both benefiting from the new Eschler alliance but there are less MAMIL-like offerings for leisure and commuter cyclists as well, including Polartec that won’t look out of place in the pub.
Peter Bragg goes on, “This is major step up for Shutt Velo Rapide. Now in our second winter season we have taken on board all the comments and suggestions from our customers. The result of which is a winter range that is better suited to their needs.”
Race Cape (left) £59 Winter Jacket (right) £149.
Genesis updates its website for the 2011 bikes
If you read our feature in the current issue of Cycling Weekly about Vin Cox’s record-breaking 18,000 mile circumnavigation of the world averaging 112 miles per day for 163 days, you will know that he rode a more-or-less standard Croix de Fer model from the bike brand Genesis.
That latter part didn’t come as any particular surprise to us because we’ve admired their bikes – especially the Croix de Fer which is nominally a cyclo-crosser – as well as their all-rounder Equilibrium model, since they started up as an offshoot of the Madison empire five years ago.
They teased us back in July with 2011 prototypes but the launch yesterday of the updated Genesis website signals that the new models are either in the shops or thereabouts and we’ve never found a better therapy on a wet and miserable evening in October than browsing a bike catalogue.
Genesis 2011 Croix de Fer £1,099. Inspired by cyclo-cross but likely to be used as a trusty all-rounder.
Super Mario is coming and he’s bringing his frames and MCipollini clothing with him
Of course, another inspiring thing to do in miserable, wet October is visit an exhibition and indulge in a little retail therapy. Next weekend’s Cycle Show at Earls Court will have everything you need to get your spirit through the winter and ready for another glorious summer.
The first day of the show, Friday 8th October, will be opened by Mario Cipollini – website heading ‘The Champion, The Power, His Tool’ – who will be there to launch his range of bikes and clothing, recently seen at Eurobike and now coming to the UK. Or, at least, according to Paligap the distributor, two carbon frames and the clothing will be coming initially.
Tickets are still available for the Cycle Show, and the good news is that all Cycling Weekly readers can get in for a discounted price. Simply go to cycleshow.co.uk/CWM and quote offer code CWM to get in for just £10.50.
Camera shy Mario Cipollini poses with a bike from his new range and wearing MCipollini clothing.