Rapha’s always been a luminary in the cycling world for its style. It’s intrinsically clean, sleek, and streamlined—hallmarked by a contoured fit and its now iconic armband.
While some cyclists whiz around parks and climb up quad-busting ascents in look-at-me jerseys, Rapha’s turned heads for its wearable appeal.
Its newest launch stands in stark contrast to its usual motif, but, man, does it make a splash—for all the right reasons. Called the Crit Collection, it’s specially curated for circuit racing (criterium, or crit, is bike speak for races that take place around a closed circuit). The frenetic, aggressive, hyperactive nature of the sport translates quite literally onto the design: The iridescent fabric is dyed to mimic an oil slick.
Take a look at the new offerings—four in total for men—and the innovative details that really make them spark.