Grand Tour Cycling Jerseys30th July, 2018 Giro d'Italia This year (4th May, 2018), for the first time ever - a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe! It's the 13th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy; Israel has the honour of hosting the first 3 stages, kicking things off in Jerusalem with a time trial. As usual, the race will consist of 21 stages: 2 individual time trials, 7 sprints, 6 medium difficulty stages and 6 high difficulty stages. The total distance covered will be 3,546.2KM (2203.5 miles), which is approx. 168.9KM (105 miles) a day, OUCH. There's a nice little change for the final stage, as riders will entre beautiful Rome, an opportunity that these riders have likely never done before. With four tours and one Vuelta Espana under his belt , Froome is now the first British rider to win the Giro d'Italia; also making him the second rider to have won all three Grand Tours AND the third rider to win them all in one year! Get full details of each stage here. Tour de France As usual, this incredibly famous event will take place throughout the whole of July - beginning 07.07.18 until 23rd. The 105th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of approx. 3,329km. There's 9 new locations visited fir the first time this year. It's broken down into; 8 flat stages, 5 hills, 6 King of the Mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet) , 1 individual time trial, 1 team time trial and 2 rest days. This year, the race includes 25 mountain climbs and the cobbles return during the 9th stage in Arras, Roubaix. The last curve ball is that after a 3 year absence, a TTT is back on the cards as early as stage 3. With Lance Armstrong (stripped of his 7 TDF wins), he stated that if Chris Froome races the Tour this year he'll face a 'nightmare' - after experience on the unclear end of a doping accusation. The four-time title winner of the TDF is still the bookies odds to win! The record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Four-time leading champion Froome, completed the podium this year, but not as expected... Geraint Thomas stepped in to this years spotlight; after the individual time trial stage, he gained 1m51s over Tom Dumoulin. Ever wonder how the TDF ever got to be the biggest Classic race of all time? Read how times have changed - here. Vuelta a Espana Beginning on August 25th, the 73rd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta will begin in Malaga - the second time since 1936 and there's no better way to start than an ITT right?! The rumours are circulating, but the finalised route/ stage details are yet TBC this month. Looking ahead though, there's rumours of the 2020 edition already! Will the Vuelta go back to the future in the Netherlands... Simon Yates won the 73rd edition of the Vuelta a Espana ahead of Enric Mas and Miguel Lopez - making this the first time, all grand tours in a season have been won by British Riders.
#BeeStrong - We Love MCR Charity Cycling Jersey23rd June, 2017 A couple of months ago, we designed a really special custom cycle jersey for Chris; to help him with his decision to cycle for charity and help raise money for the Manchester Arena Victims. He cycled from Blackpool to Manchester on the 9th of July - that's 100km by the way... And he busted a gut and do it in a target of 4 hours! The charity he is representing is the Lord Mayor if Manchester charity - We Love MCR; this charity is dedicated to support people who have been injured or bereaved by the attack on the 22nd of May. Since the making of this jersey, the increase of fundraising event participation has kept just kept growing to help support the victims and their ever grieving families. Among all the events, various ranges of clothing have been released with a 'Bee Strong' logo to raise money for the victims. Charity rides are amongst the most popular acts of kindness to raise money for the charity, so we're proud to be able to offer such an meaningful product to so many people. You can show support by purchasing your very own MCR jersey here. Please take reassurance that we will donate a percentage of sales from each jersey to the We Love MCR Charity. The Arena reopens its doors (September 9th) after repair, for the first time in 3 months since the horrific event in which 22 people died and dozens were injured after the Ariana Grande concert; with an all star line up benefit concert in which proceeds will go to the We Love MCR Charity. There's still plenty of events lined up before the end of the year! You can see and sign up here.
Valentines Gifts13th Feb, 2018 Love it or hate it, this particular date (14.02) comes around like clockwork every year – and like many other promotional dates, the hype is getting bigger and bigger. Whether you’re drowning in abundance of chocolates and flowers, or dodging Cupid’s Arrow – don’t forget your truly greatest love – your bike. We’ve gathered some ways for you to ‘woo’ your bike the Valentine’s Day:
- Get Soapy! Whilst the worst of the Winter weather is done with, set some dedicated time aside to focus on the wellbeing of your bike; grit and mud will have taken its toll on your poor bike – so dig out the brushes and some nice smelly soaps and make your bike do a bunny hop with some rough lovin’…
- Get in all the Nooks and Cranny’s… Make your bike rise and shine with a polish to spouse up any scratches.
- Lube it Up! You can never have too much of the good stuff – and it avoids the risk of friction between the pair of you.
- Splurge on It. Go big or go home – or accessories with a little bling; it’s the thought that counts really.
- Listen to It. I know you can hear it, but are you really listening... Don’t be guilty of selective hearing when it comes to any rattles.
- Use Protection. It saves the both of you a lot of cleaning up! Mud guards are a must.
- Dress to Impress! Get yourself a gift; match your kit to your bike this year and show your bike off with some custom complementary kit.
- Take It on a Date. It’s cheap too! Go a for some rumble (maybe not any tumbles) around your favourite trails and top it off with some coffee and cake. Mmmm.
Cycling Jersey ManufacturersSo many people are weary when ordering a personalized custom cycling jersey, due to the cost implication, the risk of potential error - because you can't return custom bike jerseys (when it's your own mistake) and the general result of the printed garment; quality, durability, etc... That's why we thought, it's best to lay all the details on the line and comfort you with the information to help aid your decision to jump in with both feet and design your own cycling jersey and make it something spectacular for your team/ club, event - whatever the reason for some custom kit. Jersey:
- High Collar
- Concealed YKK Zip (available in two lengths): 3/4 and full.
- Sleeves (available in two lengths): short or long
- Lycra Cuff option available on long sleeves
- 3 rear elasticated pockets (zipped media pocket option)
- Silicone Gripper option
LEJOG? Or as others may know it, Lands End to John O' Groats, JOGLE, whatever you want to call it! We've had a lot of custom made jerseys made specifically for those undertaking the challenging route, over the summer months - it's becoming such a hot spot for riders of all abilities! Located in the rugged tips of South-West England, lies the first leg of the route! Take a leisurely pedal, or give it yaldi on each route, but don't be fooled - it covers over 960 miles, of trail - total. Whatever you choose, do it in moderation, you don't want to burn out. Though there are no rules or restrictions, it is not for the faint hearted. On average it takes around 9 days to complete (around 100-130 miles a day) - I can feel my legs screaming as I type this! And it doesn't treat you well to begin with, as the steep climbs are immediate! The statutory route is usually as follows: Lands End to Okehampton, Okehampton to Bath, Bath to Ludlow, Ludlow to Haydock, (now you're halfway) - Haydock to Penrith, Penrith to Hamilton, Hamilton to Fort William, Fort William to Kyle of Sutherland and lastly, Kyle of Sutherland to John O'Groats! The further North you get, you better hope you packed tactically! As the towns get few and far between, the locals become ginger, intimidating and Scottish, and the weather is so unpredictable, you could experience all 4 seasons at their most extreme, in 30 minutes! You need to expect the unexpected, so lets talk bikepacking tips: 1. Weight a minute! How does your bike feel? Do your research and join forums, don't make things harder on yourself by lugging unnecessary weight up hill and around the country. You'll not enjoy it and it'll certainly become borderline impossible to complete your journey. 2. Midgies! The further North you get, the bigger and badder they get! So keep your sensitive bits in completely off limits! As mentioned previously, the weather will produce tropical results, so be prepared, don't layer up! Your cycle attire should be performance material. Take your skin so soft, tea lights and snoods! 3. Take your time. What's the rush? To be honest, with all the uphill you wont be going anywhere fast to begin with, but enjoy the views. embrace mother nature. You're likely to encounter some mechanical issues, which will cost you time. Don't let it deflate you're mood. 4. You're on a 'see food, eat food' diet! You need to keep both your energy and morale up. Mechanical bike issues aren't always avoidable, but body issues are. If you fail to eat every couple of hours - you're already starving without even knowing. Injuries will become more likely and although we suggest taking you're time, the ride will become a struggle rather than a leisurely pace. 5. Buy the best. Everyone's budgets and opinions of what does the job performance wise is different, but if you put the money in at the beginning of your trip, ensuring you have a sturdy tent, bike accessorises and clothing, you won't need to spend much at all throughout your journey. In this case, money does buy you happiness! If you're about to embark on a little expedition around LEJOG, or have already been, let us know! Send us a picture, or design you're own custom jersey to commemorate the journey! Here's some we made earlier :)
thecyclejersey (TCJ) we specialise in custom printed cycle jerseys made to your own design, as well as bespoke limited edition designs we have been able to create with the permission of the company or artist. Our jerseys are designed and developed to fit every kind of cyclist; from a leisurely Sunday peddler who likes a coffee and a cake (or two), to the hard-core downhill/ endurance and seriously savvy road racers. Whatever your riding style, you need to be comfortable on the bike – that’s why we don’t compromise when it comes to manufacturing our apparel. Each individual jersey is developed from start to finish, by our small in house, professional team. SYSTEMS: From design to print, our machinery, software and staff are of the highest quality in the cycling manufacturing business. With our software holding the capability to almost run itself, we are able to look ahead to future development. QUALITY MATERIAL: Our jersey fabric is a 100% recycled polyester (from the Polyester chain) located form Belgium, that faces no boundaries when it comes to performance; constructed with a multi drying fabric that contains a unique fibre to instantly wick moisture away from the skin. You can read the technical bits about each of our garments here. QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Our sportswear is all produced under one roof (Falkirk, central Scotland) and overseen at every stage of production by each individual of the team. This ensures the quality of the software, machinery output and final garment results are of the most efficient and highest quality achievable. GOOD ENOUGH FOR: Our team riders! And a few others you might have heard of? Tracy Moseley (member of Trek Factory Enduro Team and reigning EWS World Champ) , Mark Cavendish MBE ( The Manx Missile – the most successful British cyclist overnight), and Martin Johnson (Ex England Rugby Player).
Thoughts Every Cyclist has on Christmas Day4th Dec, 2017 1. AHHHHH ALARM FRIGHT!!! 2. Ok breathe, everything's alright. Now, ride time. 3. No wait. 4. It’s CHRISTMASSSSS! 5. Can I still just go for a ride anyway though? 6. I think so. I'll be back in a couple hours. 7. Just get up vverryyy quietly. Like a ninja. 8. Just slowly sneak my kit out of the wardrobe. 9. Oh FFS!! Kids awake. 10. Game over (for now). 11. Let the fun commence - Santa's been, presents now, 12. Ride later? 13. I don't remember buying that? Soo many presents. 14. If I hadn’t bought so many bloody presents I could have been able to afford that kit I’ve had my eye on for months! 15. AND a new helmet. 16. But I’ve been good this year. Maybe the big man has bought me some. 17. Socks. Are you serious? 18. Thaaaanks... Just what I’ve always wanted. 19. There must be more presents later. 20. Presents for me, I mean. 21. First drink of the day, 10am isn’t too early for champers… 22. Plus mixed with orange juice it’s healthy. 23. Pretty much a Smoothie, technically... 24. And it’s made with grapes. So two of my 5 a day. 25. How long does turkey take to cook? 26. Long enough for me to ride while it’s in the oven? 27. Great Escape is on. 28. I’ll just watch 15 minutes, then ride. 29. *two hours later* 30. Turkey time! 31. Great hunk of protein for my evening ride. 32. And pigs in blankets. Good fats. Tasty fats. 33. Fuel me up. 34. FS. Who's washing up? 35. Everyone's avoiding eye contact. That'll be my job then, AGAIN. 36. How is it possible to have used EVERY plate and serving dish in my house? 37. This is where the children come in handy. 38. Mini dish washing slaves. 39. Now… Big decision. 40. Dr Who special 41. Or a bit of Corrie? 42. So gutted I didn’t get that kit. 43. But wait. 44. Is that one solitary present I spot at the back of the tree? 45. It can’t be? For me? 46. *remain calm* 47. Casually open the present. No big deal. 48. YA DANCERRRRRR!! It’s the kit! 49. OK sorry Dr Who. I’m going. Cycling, byee! 50. Need to try out these babies. 51. These are amazing. 51. All my Christmas wishes have come true. 52. I feel alive 53. I’m definitely cycling faster than I ever have before. 54. Actually starting to feel a bit sick. 55. Full stomach. 56. 12 drinks of Christmas. 57. Cycling = bad choice. Complete school boy error 58. One block is far enough. 59. Back to the sofa I think. Puke alert. 60. BEST. DAY. EVER.
How to: Cycle to Work Wisely (Women's edit)3rd Oct, 2017 Check out our Pinterest page for some more awesome ideas, tips, travel, accessories and soo many more fun things! Bike by Public Transport. Sometimes, a 30 mile commute to work just isn’t plausible, so why not take the train? Mixing up your commute by boarding the train with your beloved bike is a great option when heading deep into the winter season, especially if driving isn’t an option. Bear in mind some silly buggers don’t allow bikes on trains. Slightly unreasonable, I know – you can check ahead and plan your journey on the National Rail Line website. The most common reasons for being unable to take your bike aboard a busy train is lack of space; having to stand awkwardly in the doorway, manoeuvring at every single stop, whilst getting funny looks and the jaw clenching 'tuts' – arghh that drives me berserk! Often events control the acceptance of bringing your bike on board too, so double check there isn’t any engineering works or big match games on. On a positive note, the train lines that do let you bring your bike to work make sure you’re looked after relatively well. Generally there’s a separate compartment rack and/ or designated areas you can lock up to and sometimes they’re even bookable in advance! Rush Hour; when commuter carnage usually breaks out. City cycling isn’t ideal at any time, really… But there’s ways and means to staying safe on busy roads – I’m afraid being a seasoned pro at this kind of thing is irrelevant if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
- Wear bright clothing. There’s not much more dangerous than not being visible in heavy traffic. You can find yourself a good high viz helmet and some bright accessories ideal for remaining seen.
- Use the cycle lanes. Where possible cycle in the lanes provided.
- Position yourself away from the curb. Keep around 3 feet away from the curb. This will allow vehicles to see where you are.
- Pack your recovery tools. Imagine trying to catch a bus/ train with a burst tyre. Bike over shoulders, inappropriate shoes for running, backpack swinging behind you. It’s a commuting nightmare. Tubes, pump and lock!
- Put your clothes for the day in a suit carrier, seal and roll up to avoid any creasing – gotta be on point for that 10 AM department meeting with the H.O.D.
- Ummm, whatelse? Waterproof mascara, helmet friendly hair? Lol. You can also get ear protectors now!!
- You may become more comfortable with relaxing some personal grooming standards as well... Wearing less makeup? , (just don’t give up the deodorant, for your coworkers’ sake!).
- And maybe best to rustle up some answers for the inevitable 'What are you doing?' questions to follow your arrival.
- We’d suggest a backpack over Panniers. Keep it light and practical. If you can leave certain things in the office overnight, that’s a godsend!
- Most importantly, don’t forget your coffee travel mug!
Enduro MTB Race Fit Cycle Jersey - now availableNew style available when ordering a custom or website TCJ cycle jersey. As Mountain biking has developed throughout the years, so have the disciplines; Enduro is a form of MTB racing that caters to average athletes - it allows you to visit some gnarly trails and there's no need to splash out on a specialist race bike, but still race non the less. Enduro includes multiple dh stages, up hill transfers and usually holds a set time scale. If you're reading this, we're assuming you're pretty bad ass on the trails and probably pay through the nose for kit that most people on the Enduro world will have. That's where we come in handy - with no initial artwork fees, free delivery and no hidden costs you can design your own Enduro style jersey - one no one else will have, from just £42.95! Or do you ride with a team? We've got that covered too! And you'll only need to wait 2 weeks once you're design has been confirmed! Check it all out here. Constructed with high performance multi-dry fabric; allowing for moisture to be transferred to the face of the fabric to aid drying and provide maximum comfort and performance on and off the bike. Ergonomically designed for athletes and complete with a complimentary round neck.
- Sleeve: 3|4 length or long sleeve
- No elastic hem
- Round neck
- Multi-dry fabric
Kids and Youth Cycling JerseysCycling; a sport loved by middle aged men in Lycra, is now becoming trendy amongst our younger generations - who’d have thought?! With obesity problems growing large and fast and cycle lanes being demolished, it seemed an impossible thought that kids would venture anywhere further than their rooms. They never fail to surprise us… Kid [kid] (Noun) 1. Something REALLY old people desire to be when their backs start breaking and their hearing and eyesight get poor. The cycling trend has not to be taken lightly, as these kids are tougher than they look - and they mean business! Taking various kinds of riding such as MTB, Cyclocross and Road racing; very seriously. This influential and social sport is a memory cherished by all; we don’t know anyone who doesn’t remember first learning how to ride their bike. Therefore, it’s only right that we provide these youths with proper and professional gear. We’re asking the local Primary and Secondary schools of Falkirk and its surrounding areas to design their own jersey; we’re hopeful their creative minds will give us a taste of what they’re looking for and maybe it will even encourage more kids to jump behind the bars. We’ll use the same fabric as we do for the adults so it’s light weight, breathable and very durable! The jersey is manufactured using sublimation printing; which means the ink is embedded in the material and is trapped, so there’s no such thing as colour fade. We’ll ensure brightly coloured designs so they are seen on the roads. And just like the adults, you will be able to select a road or free-ride style garment suitable to your personal preference. Our standard sizes will be age(s): (4), (5), (6-8) and (9-11), older teens will fit out adult XS and S sizes. If you have any suggestions or opinions on kids clothing that you wish to share, don't hesitate - we're all ears! Just drop us a line at: email@example.com