Rapha and Palace Skateboards have collaborated to create a limited-edition collection to be worn by EF Pro Cycling at this year’s Giro d’Italia. In addition, the team’s livery has received a complete overhaul that will see our Cannondale race bikes and POC helmets and eyewear decked out with the distinct design from Palace.
Instead of mirroring the pink of the race’s maglia rosa, the switch out kit features a fearless design that might not be steeped in cycling history but will now form a part of it. Rapha and its designs regularly celebrate the sport and cycling history whilst Palace is disruptive, witty and always surprising — authentically straddling the worlds of high fashion, streetwear and core skate. The result of the collaboration is a team kit quite unlike any other seen in the peloton so far. Embracing the breakaway attitude, Swedish protection pioneers POC will enhance the switch-out look with bespoke helmets and eyewear, including a unique edition of the groundbreaking Tempor helmet.
“You can’t help but smile, turn your head, and say ‘what?!’ At least that’s our hope when you see the fabulous collaboration of Rapha x Palace on our EF Pro Cycling riders, complete with bikes and accessories from our partners. Underneath the strain and struggle, even WorldTour professional cycling is fun,” said EF Pro Cycling President Mary Wittenberg. “We aim to show cycling is for everyone, and that it’s worthy of your attention — and smiles. Welcome to skate meets road racing in the land of fashion.”
In a race that features a good mix of stages and includes three time trials, the riders will be seen aboard each of Cannondale’s three elite level race bikes: the SuperSix EVO, the SystemSix, and the SuperSlice TT bike. Each frame features a graphic design complete with bright logos and unique graphic elements that seamlessly integrate with the Rapha and Palace Skateboard collection.
Off the bike, there is a range of team edition casualwear from Palace, which will be worn by the team at the Giro and available online alongside the limited edition team kit. The off-bike collection includes T-shirt, Long Sleeve T-shirt, Cap, Hoodie, Oxford Shirt and Palace GORE-TEX Jacket.