Unlike the ultra-slick, lycra-clad pro peloton or the uber-stylish, fixie-obsessed inner-city hipsters, the cycle touring community is not what you’d consider ‘cool’. However, the newly-launched Rapha Explore initiative is set to change that.

Traditionally the preserve of grey-bearded men on pannier-bedecked machines, Rapha plans to stamp its signature style on the world of cycle touring, starting with the launch of three new garments.

Leading the way are the innovative Rapha Cargo bib shorts, an entirely new addition to the line-up at the sartorially-conscious cycle company.

Designed to cope with whatever adventure you throw at them, the Cargo bib shorts are built using a new ‘Shadow’ material that helps to shed water in wet conditions. Despite this, Rapha claim the shorts can still prove comfortable at temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius.


The Cargo bib shorts’ party trick, however, is – as the name suggests – its load-lugging ability. There are pockets on both thighs (as well as the upper back) allowing to ride in a more casual T-shirt of polo top. Talking of which…

The new Technical T-Shirt and Polo both use the same micromesh fabric as Rapha’s Flyweight Jersey however, with a looser, more casual fit, they’re the perfect partner for long days in the saddle exploring in and out of town.


While there are also updated colourways on the existing Brevet range, the Rapha Explore programme is more than just a new cycle clothing range.

Throughout March, Rapha is organising a number of events (including an International Women’s Day Ride out of its Spitalfields Clubhouse on 10 March) while a number of new adventure-inspired locations have been added to Rapha Travel’s 2018 calendar, including the Alps Gravel Raid and the Nicaragua Gravel Randonnee.

For more information on the new Rapha Explore range, head over to rapha.cc now.