It takes a lot to shock us here at Bikesy. We’ve seen a Bugatti Bicycle for £39,000 and we’ve seen a Trek Bikes painted by Damien Hirst sell for half a million dollars but here at Bikesy Towers where the ethos is helping people save money, we think this Rapha jersey takes the biscuit!
“I designed this jersey for @Rapha nearly a decade ago in 2007 when the first stage of the Tour de France was held in London. The first stage – or La Grand Départ – began in central London and ended in Canterbury. It was won by the Australian rider @RobbieMcEwen who crashed badly with less than 20km to go but still managed to fight back to win!” @Paul_Smith What’s your favourite cycling jersey? Let us know below… #PaulSmith #cycling #letour #font
Now, let’s be clear here – this isn’t the renowned designer Paul Smith trying to make a fast buck.
Paul originally made this jersey in conjunction with British cycle clothing brand Rapha to celebrate the Tour de France Grand Depart coming to London in 2007.
At the time the merino wool jersey retailed for £175, still a tidy sum and beyond the budget of many a club cyclist but for anyone who could afford one the classic collared designs reflecting the heady days of old showing the dual Tricoleur and Union flag with the words Grand Depart emblazoned across its centre panel it turned out to be a wise investment.
How wise? Well one of these jerseys is currently for sale at £10,000.
Yes, you read that right. Ten grand for a cycle shirt…
Offered as “The mother of all cycling jerseys” this bagged and tagged example in size medium is for sale on eBay by user 19joe80
From the product listing-
The mother of all cycling jerseys.
A collaboration between Paul Smith and Rapha saw this limited edition produced for the 2007 Grand Depart of the Tour de France from London.
This has been stored in an airtight bag in the dark since it was purchased.
A piece of cycling history.
So, if you’ve got that type of rider in your club with more money than they know how to spend, and they absolutely LOVE bikes and cycling, you know what to tell them to get next!
British Junior Men’s Road Series winners – the definitive list
As well as the national junior road race championships, contested over one day, the top junior male cyclists in the UK also get to compete in a season long competition that aims to find the most consistent young riders in the UK.
Racing for the prestigious Peter Buckley trophy, named in honour of a promising Manx champion cyclist who died aged only 24, this series sees the best Juniors from around the country competing on anything from 5 to 12 events depending on logistics. In recent years the competitors also do battle over the multi day Junior Tour of Wales, allowing the calibre of the country’s future international stage race winners to shine through.
We’ve gone through our archives to build what proves to be an interesting list of the cream of the UK’s top young riders. We’ve highlighted which ones went on to ride in the Tour de France, which ones became senior world champions, which ones are in cycling families, which ones ended up riding for Team Sky and which ones set world records.
We’ve had some incredible riders break through on the world stage in recent years. We can only wonder what would have happened to more of the youngsters of the 70s and 80s had their been the support their is now.
Anyway, let’s enjoy their achievements and wonder what success the current crop of youngsters will win for GB on the world stage.
|1971||Tony Davies||Jeff Morris||Mike Heathcock|
|1972||Stu Morris||Peter Hall||Steve Fleetwood|
|1973||Dave Penketh||John Harrison||Dave Baronowski|
|1974||Les Fleetwood||Mike Williams||Alaric Gayfer|
|1975||Jon Kettell||Glen Mltchell||Jim Parry|
|1976||Glenn Mitchell||Tony Doyle||John Kettell|
|1977||Steve Joughin||Shaun Fenwick||Nigel Bloor|
|1978||Mark Bell||Neil Martin||Simon Thomas|
|1979||Mike Doyle||John Wainwright||Malcolm Elliott|
|1980||Darryl Webster||John Wainwright||Craig Stevens|
|1981||Keith Reynolds||Rob Kennison||Kevin Davis|
|1982||Chris Walker||Kevin Byers||Rob Kennison|
|1983||Chris Walker||Deno Davie||Chris Lillywhite|
|1984||Chris Lillywhite||Simon Cope||Will Mansfield|
|1985||Stuart Coles||Glen Sword||Paul Brown|
|1986||Lester Clarke||David Cook||Alex Webster|
|1987||Simeon Hempsall||Simon Lillistone||Dylan Williams|
|1988||Matt Stephens||Gareth Gimson||Ian Wright|
|1989||Mark Dawes||Ian Bryant||Toby Pinn|
|1990||Victor Slinn||Julian Ramsbottom||Paul Spencer|
|1991||Mark Dolan||Will Wright||Scott Bennett|
|1992||Tim Griffin||Richard Bruce||Jeremy Hunt|
|1993||Danny Axford||Hugh Fairgrieve||Anthony Malarcyzk|
|1994||James Taylor||Huw Pritchard||Paul Manning|
|1995||Gavin Sellen||David George||Russell Downing|
|1996||Charlie Wegelius||Russell Downing||James Griffiths & Graham Hughes|
|1997||Bradley Wiggins||Martin Lonie||Stephen Joseph|
|1998||Richard Heath & Jamie Alberts||Joint 1st Place||Sam Collins|
|1999||Mark Baker||Stephen Cummings|
& Tom Southam
|Joint 2nd Place|
|2000||Andrew Allan||James Bell||Alex Coutts|
|2001||Alex Coutts||Chris Penketh||Ross Adams|
|2002||Adam Illingworth||Andrew Murphy||Christian Varley|
|2003||Tim Wallis||Ryan Bonser||Matt Brammeier|
|2004||Geraint Thomas||Ian Field||Andrew Hill|
|2005||Alex Dowsett||Russell Hampton||Alex Atkins|
|2006||Andrew Griffrths||Mark McNally||Simon Holt|
|2007||Peter Kennaugh||Luke Rowe||Mark McNally|
|2008||Erick Rowsell||Luke Rowe||David Nichols|
|2009||Joe Perrett||Tim Kennaugh||David Nichols|
|2010||Simon Yates||Tom Moses||Joshua Edmondson|
|2011||Alistair Slater||Luke Grivell-Mellor||Brennan Townshend|
|2012||Alex Peters||Harry Tanfield||Tao Geoghegan Hart|
|2013||Jake Kelly||Scott Davies||Gabriel Cullaigh|
|2014||Matthew Gibson||James Shaw||Alexander Braybrooke|
|2015||Etienne Georgi||Joey Walker||Robert Scott|
|2016||Charlie Meredith||Robert Scott||Peter Kibble|
|2017||Oscar Mingay||Harry Hardcastle||Daniel Coombe|
|2018||Mason Hollyman||Samuel Watson||Lewis Askey|
Strong cycling family
Became a senior world champion
Won Olympic medals
Set a UCI World Record
Rode the Tour de France
You might have noticed some surprising names missing from the list. No Robert Millar, Chris Boardman, Mark Cavendish, Mark Walsham, Ed Clancy, Rob Hayles, Roger Hammond or Dean Downing.
Some developed their endurance later on, others concentrated on track or time trialling and for some travelling the length of the country as a teenager just wasn’t viable. But that’s a feature for another day.
Want more old school cycling knowledge? Check out our pages on the legendary cycling commentator David Duffield
London’s Bank Junction closed to cars and open to people
Today saw a major transport shift in the City of London as Bank Junction was finally closed to motorised traffic.
Bought in by the City of London Corporation the ban, between 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, only cyclists and buses will be allowed into the junction for a trial period which will last 18 months.
Authorities brought in the changes following a series of traffic collisions in the area which injured and killed pedestrians and cyclists.
Cycling safety campaigners Stop Killing Cyclists were there to celebrate the changes, commenting that it was their first ‘Live In’ demonstration, compared to the number of ‘Die Ins’ that the group is known for
Bikesy were also there celebrating this change in transport thinking in the financial heart of the UK
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You won’t believe how much this 1980s carbon bike is selling for
You probably won’t ever see one of these for sale again.
This is a genuine Pesenti Modulare Uno from 1987 and it’s as rare as hen’s teeth.
The price for someone who wants to own such a unique, radical, iconic design? A cool £15,500 ($20,0000 USD).
Equipped with Campagnolo’s Croce d’Aune groupset with Delta brakes and some of the first Cinelli disc wheels this bike was first unveiled to the world at the Milan Bike Show in 1987 by its designer Andrea Pesenti.
Pesenti was the driving force behind the classic Cinelli Laser design of bikes, during an era when cycle design could be as bold as the materials would allow, unhindered by overly stringent regulations. The Modular Uno is his carbon follow up design, nne of the first bikes manufactured in carbon fiber monocoque. Featuring a distinctive aerodynamic fork shape and a one piece handlebar it was already being dreamt up by Pesenti in the early 80s.
“In 1983 I started to design it” – Andrea Pesenti has confirmed – “but it was still a sketch on a piece of paper”.
“It wasn’t easy to make a fork like that back then – still – that was one of the first that did not break!”
The Modular Uno design also featured swapable rear drop outs meaning the bike could be ridden on the track or on the road.
Sadly, whoever buys this bike won’t be able to race it as this bike has a crack in the bottom bracket shell, a common flaw in early prototype carbon frames from the 80s, so will have to take pride of place mounted on a wall or in a museum. But whoever gets it will know they’ve got a fantastic example of a bike made at the height of futuristic cycle design.
Want to make an offer? It’s available on eBay here
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