Rapha releases a new retro Futuro collection inspired by the Tour de France 1990

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Rapha just released his latest Futuro collection, a kit line inspired by the Tour de France 1990, and we think it’s one of his best in a while.The new limited-edition Futuro range seems to be reminiscent of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a period in cycling history that was boisterous, brash, and dominated by a weird and wonderful progression in sports technology.

We’re talking about Japanese electric companies like Toshiba and Panasonic sponsoring teams, riders like Greg LeMond riding these weird carbon bikes with aero helmets and clipless pedals, with the Tour starting from a theme park actually called Futuroscope. Happy Days.

The Futuro collection pays homage to the one that revolves around three new looks: the Runner, the Sonic and the Futuro.

To promote the range, Rapha took inspiration from old football stickers – which is also a big thank you from us.

To learn more about the Futuro collection, visit Rapha here

The Coureur collection is centered on Claudio Chiappucci, the Italian pocket rocket who almost waltzed in Lombardy with the Yellow Jersey on his first attempt in 1990 after a rather unfavorable breakaway for four on the first leg of the race which somehow so finished 10 minutes early. of the peloton.

Chiappucci took the lead in the Alps on stage 12, and did not abandon it until the penultimate day when it was finally dramatically revised by Greg LeMond.

Rapha’s Coureur merino jersey and cap is heavily influenced by the Carrera Jeans-Vagabond jersey worn by Chiappucci on this tour and features small nods to the rider including his nickname “El Diablo” on the jersey chest and an Italian badge on the right arm.

The Sonic range, meanwhile, is inspired by the “advent of sublimation prints” on cycling jerseys in the early 1990s and the rise of technological sponsors.

The light shade jacket and thermal jersey mirror the Panasonic-Sportlife 1990 jersey with its red, yellow and blue sections and reflective badge.

Also available is a pair of matching winter bib shorts and pro team socks echoing the same colors, while the real devilish detail is the matching old school winter headband that comes with the thermal jersey.

To learn more about the Futuro collection, visit Rapha here

The final lineup is the Futuro, which is remembered by the French theme park Futuroscope hosting that year the Tour Grand Depart, a program that included a prologue time trial on the first day followed by a retrospectively mental double-header on 138 km route / 45 km team time trial on day two. Not sure it’s slipping these days.

The Futuro short sleeve and long sleeve training jerseys and vests all take inspiration from the futuristic theme park, adding digital hints of color to the black backgrounds.

Prices start from £ 20 for the Sonic socks and go all the way up to £ 200 for the lightweight Sonic Shadow jacket – pretty standard as far as Rapha is concerned.

If like us you are rather excited about this collection, you will probably want to know the release dates. Well, RCC members have already had access to the collection while we normal people will have to wait until Friday, November 13th.

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