Rapha unveils Women's 100 kit at Women's Tour
Canyon-SRAM will wear the kit for the six stage race across Britain
Rapha has unveiled its 2019 'Women's 100' kit, which will be worn by the Canyon-SRAM pro team at the Ovo Energy Women's Tour, which begins on Monday.
The Women's 100 is an annual celebration of the women's cycling community. The event will take place on September 14 in 2019, with women all over the world encouraged to join together to ride 100 kilometres.
Official rides will leave from Rapha Clubhouses, and sign up will open on June 15. However, groups of women are also encouraged to take on their own rides, sharing pictures and stories on social media.
A new kit has been designed for the occasion each year, and the 2019 version will be worn by Canyon-SRAM's women's team at Women's Tour of Britain, taking place between June 10 and 15.
Rapha says it has chosen this event to launch its women's 100 kit because it is "one of the best examples of equal media coverage, winnings, infrastructure and team support".
The brand has sponsored Canyon-SRAM pro women's team since its launch in 2016. Ronny Lauke, the Team Manager, Sports Director said: “The OVO Women's Tour sets the current gold standard of bike races in women's cycling. Built from scratch, it is one of the best organised stage events within professional racing. Media coverage is outstanding and the prize purse is also amongst the highest in the sport.
"Every day the roads are packed with spectators, the start and finish areas are filled with fans having close access to their heroes; it’s the perfect stage to do the Rapha Women’s 100 kit changeout and inspire hundreds of women to ride together."
The gear - which uses the navy and coral colours which have featured each year - will be available to buy from June 15, giving those taking part in the Women's 100 the chance to train in it.
The collection includes a windtunnel tested Rapha’s Souplesse Aero Jersey (£140), as well as a more price conscious Core Jersey (£60), plus Core Bibs (£85).
A cap (£20), socks (£15) plus casual t-shirt (£25) complete the collection.
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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.
Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.
Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.
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