If you're a fan of the 1992 work of Swiss genius Marcus Pfister, The Rainbow Fish, then it's likely you're going to love Rapha's new Crit Collection too.

Designed specifically for criterium racing, the oil-slick iridescent kit features a mesh-lined rear pocket for displaying one's race number sans safety pins and reflective details for the rigours of night-time racing.

Crit racing has experienced an increase in popularity thanks to events such as the alternative Red Hook Crit, and even the pro-level Hammer Series. The closed-circuit format enables crowds to get close to the action, with the riders coming past many times in one race.

Criteriums are often fast paced, with tight corners and aggressive racing; the Crit Collection is designed to this effect, with shorts cut longer in the leg and a single seam to streamline airflow for aerodynamic advantage.

The attention to detail on the jersey pockets is one of our favourite features, with a mesh layer of fabric atop the standard three pockets – one of the cleanest solutions to displaying race numbers typically featured only on pro-level garments we've seen.

Lunching today (5th June), the Crit Collection is made up of a Pro Team Jersey (£120), Flyweight Jersey (£100), Women's Flyweight Jersey (£100), Pro Team Bib Shorts (£170) and Pro Team Aerosuit (£230).

Website: Rapha

The Rapha Crit Collection