Now the sun has finally arrived with some degree of regularity, it’s time for fair weather riders like ourselves to helmet up and hit the open road. But, before we do, let us introduce you to the updated Rapha Check Classic jersey.

That’s right, we need to make sure your 2018 cycling wardrobe is up to scratch and, when it comes to sartorial style in the saddle, British brand, Rapha is a pretty good place to start.

Their updated 2018 season Check Classic jersey (also available as a wind jacket or gilet) is a particular favourite, especially if you’re planning to tackle this year’s Eroica Britannia but don’t fancy the irritating itch of a traditional wool jersey.

Taking its inspiration very much from the early trade kits of the 1960s – the black/white colourway is especially reminiscent of Peugeot’s iconic livery – the Rapha Check Classic jersey features the same fit and finish as the pedal-powered tailor’s best-selling Classic II top.

For the uninitiated, that means the Check Classic is constructed from Rapha’s soft-yet-lightweight Performance Merino wool blend, which has naturally anti-bacterial qualities to keep the jersey fresher for longer, even in the sticky heat of summer.

Cut to Rapha’s ‘Regular’ fit (making it the perfect companion to both long and short days in the saddle), the Check Classic jersey’s retro looks are sure to get you noticed at those all-important coffee stops.

£125, rapha.cc