One of the most successful British cyclists ever, Sir Bradley Wiggins, has launched a new cycling kit collection.
Not content with easing his way into retirement, the 2012 Tour de France winner and five-time Olympic gold medalist has released the range in collaboration with independent British brand Le Col.
Titled ‘Le Col by Wiggins’, the collection is inspired by team kits from cycling’s past, while also featuring motifs in reference to aspects of Wiggins’ career – hence the gold detailing on the lettering, zips and certain jersey’s stripes.
Le Col by Wiggins prices
HC Jersey - £155
HC Bib shorts - £185
Pro Jersey - £125
Pro Bib shorts - £155
Sport Jersey - £85
Sport Bib shorts - £125
Gilet - £140
Cap - £15
Socks - £15
Musette - £15
“I wanted to create a range of cycling kit that captured my cycling world so I partnered with Le Col, who make the best technical kit on the market and then added my personal style,” explained Wiggins. “Everything that I’ve experienced, achieved, and loved as a kid, as a junior racing in London, as a spectator watching my heroes, everything I’ve made in the Le Col by Wiggins collection goes back to a point in my history .”
The SS18 range includes three jerseys (ranging from £85 - £155), three bib shorts (£125 - £185), as well as a gillet (£140), cap, socks and musette (all £15). The top tier ‘Hors Categorie’ collection’s jersey features “soft touch Meryl fabric for the best combination of technical performance and luxury feel”, while the matching bib shorts include a ‘Dolomiti Gel Chamois’ and laser-cut bib straps to “ensure maximum comfort and minimum irritation”.
The ‘Pro’ range meanwhile takes inspiration from some of the classic kits from the 1970s and 1980s peloton, while the ‘Sport’ offers an ‘entry-level’ point for the discerning club rider that wants to experience a kit that’s handmade in Italy without the premium price tag.
The Le Col by Wiggins collection isn’t the first time Wiggins and Le Col-founder Yanto Barker have collaborated. The pair have been friends for more than two decades, having been teammates for Team GB, with the London-based producers taking over from Rapha in supplying kit to the Wiggins’ development team at the start of the 2018 season.
Website: Le Col