Retro (Heritage?) 100th anniversary special kit – shop closing 16th August.

We have worked with Alé to bring you a one off special club top inspired by the original club kit design from the 1960’s. This is a one off and shop closes on the 16th so get on and place your order now to avoid missing out.


Questions and answers

What are they made of?

They are made of a performance blend of polyester (51%), Wool (41%) and elastane (lycra). This material combines the tradition advantages of wool (warm when wet, odour resistant) with that of modern cycling kit (machine washable, close fitting, doesn’t sag when wet).

It is a tight knit and quite thin so more performance oriented.

If you need to see for yourself please get in touch with Jonathan Nicholls (medium sample of standard Alé design)


What temperatures is it suitable for?

Generally three seasons – good for British Summer and spring/autumn.


What is the sizing like?

Sizing is the same as the current club kit. This Italian sizing which means you need to size up one size from non Italian kit. So if you normally wear say a Medium from DHB, Rapha (Steve Smith) or the pre 2020 club kit you are likely to be a Large for this. If you are Large for Castelli then Large for this should be OK. More detailed sizing is available on the website.


I can’t see the women’s kit on the webpage. Are you doing women’s version?

Yes, you select for gender and size


When will we get the kit?

Expected delivery is October 1st so in good time for the club’s 100 year anniversary ride.


If I miss this order window can I order again?

This is intended to be a one off special to celebrate the club centenary. There are no plans to sell this again.


Can you tell me a bit about the process and the history of the original kit?

We scanned the club archives and the earliest dedicated club kit we could find was from the 1960’s. This picture of club member Derek Organ from 1968 was the best illustration:

Clearly no one told him about the Velominati rules – saddle bag/spare tyre (rule 29/31), frame mounted pump (not along seat stay rule 30), chain on the small cog and valves not at 6 ’clock (rule 26 and rule 90). Simon Worsley would have a heart attack.

And we added “CHELTENHAM” to this based on this photo of Ian Davis. The lettering we have used is designed to give a similar look and feel.

What does it look like? Website only shows one view

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