We love a custom paint job here at RCUK, and no more so than when that paint job celebrates the arrival of the next national road race champion.

Back at the start of July, Connor Swift threw up a big shock in the men’s national road race by claiming a solo victory in Stamfordham against high-profile breakaway rivals including former champion Adam Blythe, and WorldTour riders Owain Doull and cousin Ben.

In the immediate aftermath of his victory, Swift realised the enormity of his achievement, remarking that the famous jersey is usually destined to be shown off at the biggest stage race in the world, the Tour de France, not necessarily paraded around more modest races attended by his Continental team, Madison-Genesis.

That hasn’t stopped him going the whole hog with his national champion’s bike, though, with this custom paint job, designed by Bristol artist Rob Nicholas, one of the most stylish – yet, we think, understated – designs of recent years.

Even better, it’s been applied to the British-designed Genesis Zero SL race bike, a frame that we recently got our hands on, weighing in at a claimed 900g with an improved carbon layup and revised geometry.

Naturally, it’s in full pro bike-spec, with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and R9100-P power meter, but it’s the small details that have really got us drooling. See what we’re on about in the photo gallery above.