In 2011 a trio of Rapha riders decided to push their limits and enter road cycling’s most historic long-distance event: the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonnée, in which cyclists from across the world battle to ride the 1,200km unsupported in under 90 hours. Their adventure was both the spur to create a new jersey designed for endurance riding and the perfect testing ground for such a garment.
On the PBP and throughout the series of qualifying ‘brevet’ rides – 200, 300, 400 and 600km around the UK – they wore prototypes of what would become the Brevet Jersey. The long days in the saddle tested the endurance of both rider and clothing. This classic men’s style is available in a women’s-specific cut. Made from Sportwool™, a lightweight, breathable and insulating merino blend, the Women’s Brevet Jersey features reflective detailing for low-light visibility and ample storage, and is perfect for long-distance, self-supported rides. A lightweight gilet (available separately) in contrasting hi-vis stripes provides an extra layer of protection and visibility.
“With the women’s Brevet, Rapha has aimed squarely at producing a garment suitable for endurance riding. The resulting product isn’t just good for that purpose though – it also makes a soft, comfortable and immensely practical long-sleeved jersey for transitional seasons, and riders who aren’t a fan of traditional Lycra garments.”
★★★★½ Aoife Glass, Bikeradar
“A warm and cosy layer that will serve you well in autumn and into early winter. A stylish take on visibility, with handy extra pockets. The fit is very relaxed: some will find this overly loose fit, but its nice for long days on the bike when all-out speed isn't the primary goal.”
– 9/10 Cycling Weekly