Rapha pays tribute to Tom Simpson with special edition kit

Rapha has launched a special edition Tom Simpson jersey to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his 1965 Road Cycling World Championship victory

Tom Simpson is unquestionably one of the most successful British cyclists of all time. Sadly, to many he is best known for that fateful day on Mount Ventoux in 1967.

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Simpson was a highly decorated racer—his palmarès included, but was not limited to, being the first British rider to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France; victories at Paris- Nice, the Tour of Flanders, Milan-San Remo, Giro di Lombardia, Bordeaux- Paris; along with four top ten finishes at Paris-Roubaix.

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Tom Simpson racing for Peugeot (Photo taken from the Cycling Weekly archive)

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Rapha has decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his success at the 1965 Road Cycling World Championship in San Sebastian, Spain. That same year he became the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Some of the proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to the Simpson family for their work to maintain the Tom Simpson memorial on Mont Ventoux.

Rapha Tom Simpson Pro Team Aero Jersey

Rapha Tom Simpson jersey

The  jersey is based on the Rapha Pro Team Aero Jersey. With a blue, white and red colour scheme matching that of the GB team kit of the 1960s the jersey is cut for an aggressive riding position. Rapha claims that the use of  high-stretch fabric provides excellent comfort and performance.

Simpson jersey

The jersey uses high-stretch fabric (Photo: Rapha)

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Newspaper headlines of the day relating to Simpson’s World Championship win and his victory at the Giro di Lombardia – Simpsonissimo and Tom Le Plus Fort – are printed on the chest and the rear pocket respectively. Other subtle details include reference to the  World Champion’s stripes and Simpson’s team sponsor along with a quote on the inner collar said to pay homage to Simpson- “A glorious mix of courage and cunning.”

Simpson jersey worn

The horizontal blue bands are similar to the World Champion’s bands (Photo: Rapha)

Rapha Tom Simpson Cap

Rapha Tom Simpson cap 2

The classic looking cycling cap compliments the above jersey. It is said to be highly water-resistant, wind proof and breathable. The lightweight hat could cap of your tribute to Tom Simpson.

The Jersey shall cost £130 and the Cap £25. For further information contact Rapha.