High-wicking base layer for summer riding
This is a cycling base layer created for riding and racing in warm to hot conditions. Developed in conjunction with professional cyclists, the main body is made from an open mesh fabric that offers exceptional breathability and moisture transfer, while the stretch side panels offer a close, Pro Team fit. A new version of the base layer has the phrase ‘SOLDATS DU CYCLISME’ across the chest. This French expression, meaning ‘soldiers of cycling’ was used by journalists to describe riders of the fearsomely difficult early editions of the Tour de France. The white short sleeve version reads ‘TANT QUE JE RESPIRE, J’ATTAQUE’ meaning ‘As long as I breathe, I attack’. A famous phrase said by French great Bernard Hinault, it reflects the Badger’s aggressive style of racing. The black short sleeve version has the slogan 'NOUS MARCHONS À LA DYNAMITE' (‘we run on dynamite’), the words of Henri Pelissier, the 1923 winner of the Tour, who was describing how racers of his era were fuelled by an explosive concoction of stimulants. The hi-vis pink short sleeve version of the base layer reads, ‘SE FRENI, NON VINCI’, a phrase uttered by Mario Cipollini that illustrates the great sprinter’s simple desire to win at all costs: “If you brake, you won’t win.”
NB: The Pro Team Base Layer sizing is race-tight. Please select your regular jersey size or, if you want a more relaxed fit, move up one size.
“Some people don’t see the point of wearing base layers in the summer but I almost always do, feeling more comfortable with one on. It’s up to you, naturally. Rapha’s Pro Team Base Layer really is one of the best I’ve used for hot rides and, believe me, I’ve used a hell of a lot over the years.” Road.cc
“From the moment it arrived, Rapha’s Pro Team Base Layer’s been on heavy rotation. And by heavy rotation I mean every ride. Extremely lightweight with a tailored fit and a highly effective wicking performance, this base layer should be on your radar if you’re looking for the best with a healthy dose of aesthetic seasoning.”