Originally published on 14th November 2019
With events like the le Tour de Yorkshire and Tour Britain bringing more pro cyclists to the United Kingdom, the British cycling scene has a growing reputation across the world for superb routes, stunning views, and some brutal climbs.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has learned to love this particular blend of qualities (often despite the unpredictable weather) that the iconic routes now beloved by the global cycling elite are also accessible to everyone. From imposing mountain passes to rolling hills and coastal cruising, the UK can be a joy for cyclists of all abilities. British brand Rivelo has always championed its home turf and often recognises favourite routes and roads in the names of their cycle clothing collections. Here we gather a selection of the most popular Rivelo kit and the iconic rides that inspired them.
A quintessential cyclist’s ascent winding and rising from the Buttermere valley in the Lake District. Panoramic views compete with the climb (with a max gradient of 24%) to take your breath away.
Rivelo’s staple Honister Bib is built to deliver in exactly this situation. Premium materials, performance fit, and comfort that you can rely on through the toughest rides.
Appetite for a more leisurely ride might lead you to Lydford where two wheels can take you roaming through the Devon countryside with views out over Dartmoor.
When you’re looking for comfort in variable conditions, the merino blend Rivelo Lydford Jersey is a must-have. Perfect for Spring and Autumn rides, or layering up on a crisp winter afternoon to enjoy some fresh air.
A tough but atmospheric ride amongst the imposing rock crags and cliffs of Hope Valley in the Peak District. Don’t be surprised if you share the road with expert riders – Winnats has featured in the Tour of Britain and is a tough training ground.
Rivelo designed the Winnats Thermal Bibs for those willing to commit to the bike in all conditions. Long, cold rides bring their own challenges in the winter – thermal fabric and DWR panels give you a chance to power through the winter weather and concentrate on the ride.
If you let the fresh sea air and picturesque Somerset town lull you into a false sense of security this sharp climb will be surprise. Steep but inspiring, a classic climb of the South West.
When you’re out of the saddle and feeling the burn, the Porlock Jersey stays breathable and wicks away sweat to keep you cool. The asymmetric design is a nice touch to keep your style on point for the well-deserved cake stop.
A typically difficult climb in the Shropshire hills that punishes the unprepared with two miles of climbing and an average gradient of 9% as you climb to the top of Pole Bank.
For those moments when you just need to hang on and push through the climb, a pair of lightweight mesh mitts like the Rivelo Burway Gloves will keep your grip on the bars. At the very least, you’ll be grateful for the soft thumb wipe when things get tough and sweaty!
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