The Canyon//SRAM women's pro cycling team has revealed its new team kit and bike livery inspired by the Rapha Women's 100 event, which encourages women to ride 100km together every September.
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The new designs will be ridden for the first time on board the team's new-look Canyon Ultimate WMN road bikes at this year's OVO Women's Tour, which is widely regarded as one of the most progressive and supported races in the women's pro calendar. And the good news for fans is that both the kit and a small number of bikes will be available to buy direct from Rapha and Canyon respectively.
Special edition Canyon//SRAM Rapha team kit
The new kits features bright, warm ambers and cooler dark blues and purple. It's a departure from the black and rainbow flashes of the previous Canyon//SRAM team kit, but there are echoes of it in the design.
Canyon//SRAM team rider Alice Barnes says of the look: "It’s really special that our partners have collaborated to make us stand out and to show off the design across our bikes and kit at the Tour. We want to bring attention to our team not just with the design but with how we race as a team next week, and we hope it inspires women to set their own goals and prepare to take part in the Rapha Women’s 100 on 15 September.”
Rapha's retail version of this kit will be available online from 12 June, and while the full list of what kit will be available hasn't been confirmed it's likely to include jerseys, socks, caps, and possibly baselayers and sports bras — based on previous special edition kit releases.
Rapha Women's 100 kit
There are 5 items available to buy via the Rapha website in the new Women's 100 colours. This includes the Souplesse jersey that the Canyon//SRAM team will be wearing during the women's tour, plus the lower priced Core jersey. You can go the whole hot and get the full outfit if you so desire, completing the look with matching Core bib shorts, a cap and socks.
Jerseys and bibshorts come in sizes XXS to XL, and all kit is available now via the Rapha website.
- Souplesse jersey - £130 / $180 / AU$230
- Core jersey - £75 / $105 / AU$130
- Bibshorts - £100 / $135 / AU$175
- Cap - £25 / $35 / AU$45
- Socks - £15 / $20 / AU$27
Special edition Canyon//SRAM bike
As title sponsors of the Canyon//SRAM cycling team, Canyon Bicycles' special edition bikes will coordinate with the Rapha kit, and the colours and patterns will carry over into the Zipp wheels the team will be riding too.
As with the kit, there will be a selection of bicycles in this colourway available to buy, but which models this will include is still to be confirmed. Bonnie Mavis, Canyon Bicycles' Women's Category Manager, says that “Canyon is excited to offer a special edition run of bikes in this year’s stunning Rapha Women’s 100 design to riders worldwide later this summer."
So stay tuned to Canyon's social media channels for updates on which bikes will be available and at what price point.
This year's OVO Women's Tour will take place from 13–17 June 2018 in the UK with stages in Southwold, Daventry, Leamington Spa, Worcester and Colwyn Bay, with highlights screened daily on UK TV channel ITV4. Highlights of the race will also be shown on SuperSport in South Africa, Sky in New Zealand, KSWESE in Africa and worldwide on SNTV.
The Women's 100 is an annual event coordinated by Rapha that encourages women to commit to riding 100 kilometers over the course of one specific day in September.
Riders register their interest, and can purchase special edition kit for the event. Rapha stores will often organise ride-outs, or women will organise group rides themselves that others can join.If you'd like to get involved or find out more visit Rapha.