Sometimes the dresser drawer of everyday cycling jerseys can seem dull. It’s at these uninspired moments that having a classic can really pay off.
Retro cycling jerseys have the satisfying ability to invoke that nostalgia of your cycling heroes, as well as iconic moments in the sport’s history.
Classic designs have been brought up to date with quality materials and all the high-performance features for modern-day cycling comfort. And there are loads to choose from.
Whether it’s a special-edition team shirt, Merino wool woven, long-sleeved or short-sleeved, the novelty of owning and wearing a retro cycling jersey never disappoints. Here are some of our favourite designs.
Retro cycling jerseys, 10 top choices
- Bianchi Merino Wool Cycling Jersey
- Alé Classic MC Vintage Jersey
- Groene Leeuw Wiel’s VV Classics Wool Cycling Jersey
- Edelweiss Retro Men’s Cycling Jersey
- St Raphael Geminiani Quinquina Retro Jersey
- Peugeot BP Michelin Retro Cycling Jersey
- Endura Retro Women’s Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
- ANC Halfords Retro Long-Sleeved Cycling Jersey
- The Cinzano Wool Cycling Jersey
- La Matica Short Sleeve Jersey
Bianchi Merino Wool Cycling Jersey
Founded in 1885, Bianchi is the oldest bicycle-making company still going, having pioneered the use of same-sized wheels with pneumatic rubber tyres.
The classic striped jersey worn by the likes of Mario Cipollini and Jan Ullrich is 100 per cent polyester and features a YKK zip. Available with both long and short sleeves.
Alé Classic MC Vintage Jersey
Made from mid-weight Merino wool, this jersey has a handy trio of rear pockets among its modern features to contrast the retro styling.
Merino is really efficient at wicking away sweat to help regulate your body temperature and is naturally antibacterial and odour resistant.
Groene Leeuw Wiel’s VV Classics Wool Cycling Jersey
Belgian cycling team Groene Leeuw took home a bunch of titles in the 1960s, including the Vuelta a España. The logo of its brewery sponsor, Weil’s, is stitched into the Merino wool of this cycling jersey.
Edelweiss Retro Men’s Cycling Jersey
This black and white retro bike jersey from Edelweiss is an ode to rider Luigi Malabrocca, featuring hints of the Giro D’Italia Rosa colour around the collar.
St Raphael Geminiani Quinquina Retro Jersey
One of the Saint-Raphael cycling team’s many designs from the 1950s, this particular short-sleeve jersey was made famous by Jacques Anquetil.
A collaboration between Dorset-based cycle retailer Prendas Ciclismo and Italian brand Santini has brought its classic lettering into today.
Peugeot BP Michelin Retro Cycling Jersey
The black and white checkerboard design of this retro cycling jersey is iconic and has recently been updated to reflect Peugeot BP Michelin’s original design.
A fourth zipped pocket and a silicone gripper at the bottom hem are two new features.
Endura Retro Women’s Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
This light-weight jersey uses CoolMax fabric and is designed for summer riding. As well as a concealed front zip there’s a useful twin compartment pocket on the rear.
ANC Halfords Retro Long-Sleeved Cycling Jersey
Back in 1987 and before Team Sky, the Halfords ANC cycling team was one of the last British teams to take part in the Tour de France.
This retro design worn by the likes of Adrian Timmis and Malcolm Elliot has been brought back to life by Scimitar and uses Quik-Dry fabric for year-round comfort.
The Cinzano Wool Cycling Jersey
A real throwback to the 1970s and 1980s, this Cinzano cycling team design was made famous in the Oscar-winning film Breaking Away and takes us right back to cycling’s golden era.
La Matica Short Sleeve Jersey
With a cyan blue design and bold Italian stripes, this retro cycling jersey pays homage to a race exclusively cycled using vintage, steel bikes, La Mitica.
There’s an additional nod to the legendary cyclist Fausto Coppi, too.