Rapha launch spring/summer 2011 range

New gear from the controversial premium cycle clothing brand

Rapha are ready to launch their new spring/summer clothing range, but instead of unveiling all the items at once they've decided to release information as and when the products are available to buy.

To whet people's appetites they've released one image for each of their six product categories – Training & Racing, Pro Team, Women's, Rapha + Paul Smith, City Riding and Luggage.

They've also announced details of the first new product to go on sale – the new Country Jersey, which is available from today – given a sneak peek at the Pro Team range, on sale next week, and released a video showing some of the Training & Racing gear.

The latest Country Jersey is available in three versions – white with a contrast armband in Germany's national colours, red with a Spanish armband and black with an Italian tricolour band. Why no France or Belgium? Because Rapha did those last year. They did Italy in 2010 too, but that's back by popular demand.

Each Sportwool jersey also has a matching embroidered country motif. Other features include side panels for enhanced fit, three reinforced rear pockets, an inner pump sleeve and valuables pocket, MP3 player cable routing and a reflective tab. RRP is £105.

The Pro Team range, designed with help from Rapha's elite race team, looks set to include staples such as a short-sleeve jersey (£120), bib shorts (£175), mitts (£50), gloves (£65) and socks (£15). For more information about the spring/summer collection, watch out for updates at www.rapha.cc. You can see some of the Training & Racing gear in action below.

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