The Cycle Jersey Blog

  1. Build your Brand through us

    Brand Awareness Opportunity

      Promote your brand, with a custom printed cycle jersey! It's risk free, easy quick and you'll reach a world wide audience. As extreme coffee, alcohol, food and sweetie connoisseurs ourselves, we would love to help cycle cafes, distilleries  and others alike, give their fans and customers a unique way of remembering their experience with your brand. Create a fully custom cycle jersey and take advantage of this one of a kind branding opportunity. It's a hassle free and simple process, and you'll receive your iconic design, just 2 weeks after artwork approval! Here's what we do for you; we design your garment (saving you all the creative work), after you've approved the design - we sell it online to customers.  In general, our current clients (Bruichladdich, Talisker Ardbeg, etc) take a stock of their garments to sell on in their shops, however this is not essential. Still asking what's in it for you?  You get branding through another referral source!  As well as advertising free of charge, from the public who are purchasing your design - exposing your brand to mass audiences (globally). If this is something you feel that you would be interested in then all we need from you is your logo in a print ready format (Adobe, Illustrator, CorelDraw, Photoshop or a high res Jpeg).  If you do have any elements that you feel are essential to your design then let us know!  Otherwise we'll take inspiration from your website and corporate identity to create you something awesomeee! Here's some we made earlier: Black isle brewery LA_CORSA_CUSTOM_SOCKS_001PURITY RIDERWENSLEYDALE CREAMERY BIKES AND RIDERS    
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  2. Whisky: A right British Beverage

    Whisky [wiski]

    (Noun) 1.  The term whisky comes from the Gaelic 'uisge beatha', or 'usquebaugh', meaning 'water of life'. Gaelic is that branch of Celtic traditionally spoken in the Highlands of Scotland.   All the rumours you've heard are true - the Scots drink Whisky!  And they do it well - did you know; Scottish people are the largest consumers of Spirits in the UK?! Mwhahaha.  There's approx. 20 million casks that lie maturing in warehouses all over Scotland, resulting in a mass variety of Whisky tastes being introduced to the world, and it would seem that being a connoisseur of all things whisky is intoxicatingly enjoyable! Think about it...  Whisky is made up from multiple botanicals, various grains and barely and fresh spring water.  Alcohol is generally associated with bad lifestyle choices, liver problems and unpredictable outcomes, but Whisky has its benefitsit helps you maintain a healthy weight as it has no fat and very little sodium, it has been proven than whisky can boost your cognitive performance and reduce your chances of developing Dementia, heart health is another!  Those who drink a moderate amount of whisky (regularly), have just shy of a 50%  chance of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.  There's more where pro's to whisky here. If you're going have a dram, do it right!  Here's how... It’s common for bars here to stock 40 or 50 different bottles of Scotch; 150 bottles, all malt, is not that rare. I think it is a cultural thing – we’re very patriotic, don’t forget Here's some fun facts:
    • Drinkers in the UK often choose to enjoy it with just a little water, but in Spain they mix it with cola. In Japan Scotch is enjoyed with lots of water and ice, and in China with cold green tea.
    • Scotch Whisky is sold in around 200 markets worldwide.
    • Scotch Whisky sells three times its nearest rival whisky.
     
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  3. Islay Whisky Festival

    Feis IIe - the Isle of Islay's Whisky Festival

      For over 30 years now, Islay has been host of the Islay Festival of Malt.  Held annually on the last week of May; when the temperature is just right and the man eating midgies are still at bay.  This festival calls upon all whisky connoisseurs from all over  the globe. Islay is part of the Southern Hebrides and home to approx. 3,200 people and also resident to some of the most replenishing Scottish malts including: Ardbeg, Bruichladdich,Lagavulin and Laphroaig.  With miles of beautiful beaches and a good stretch of road - you can't resist a good cycle if you're going to the festival - take on the Whisky trail. All distilleries will open their doors to the public for daily tastings, there's golf, bowing ceilidhs and Gaelic lessons and proper good music!  The festival will commence the week of May 26th- 3rd June. You can also pick up your very own cycle jersey souvenir!  
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  4. Event Branding

      Event branding is probably the most important element to planning, other than sticking to budget of course.  It can make or break your event and we're here to make sure that doesn't happen; we can provide you with event merchandise and supplies that will: Help your customers know what to expect and create an awesome social buzz. Therefore create recognition. It will generate loyal customers and generate referrals (furthering recognition). And most importantly it will add value. With over 20 years in the printing industry - we've catered for the best of the best including: Amstel, Atherton Racing, Cancer Research, Dune, Jet2 and many more.  You've probably heard of No Fuss Events too, if you're reading this blog post?  Well, we've also worked with them for over 10 years - producing all event merchandise for every event!  That's right, any old number boards or promo tee's you have kicking about the house from way back, we made them! Now branding isn't  just a logo and it's more than just posters - although that's somewhat important too.  You need to be your brand persona; it's in the way you answer the phone, your website content, definitely in your social media distribution and how you physically present yourself to the customer (that part we can help you with).  Visit @Eventureworks on Twitter and Facebook for more information and news on what we're up to.    
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  5. Team Rider to Represent Merida Bicycles UK

      Kyle Beattie (aka stokagegram) gave us a little insight about his past and future riding, as he now represents Merida Bikes UK! Mum and Dad were always rad at taking us out on bikes when we were younger and I absolutely loved it!  I got my first mountain bike which was a Showgun Gategrasher 200 Hardtail which was too fun and I got hooked on riding my bike.  I was always balancing all my sports, as I was originally an Ice Hockey player.  I can't explain how stoked I am to have the best support in the business from my amazing sponsors: Basecamp Bikes, thecyclejersey, Merida Bicycles UK  and Bawbags Underwear. I can't wait for this season!  Too stoked!  I am still pretty new to this enduro stuff, but loving it.  Coming off the back winning the senior overall in the Scottish Enduro Series 2016.  I will be moving into racing elite and couldn't be more stoked for the races!  Can't explain how stoked I am to now be riding for Merida! My plans for the 2017 season are, to be at the rest of the Scottish Enduro Series and some more No Fuss events and potentially some XC races too.  My new Merida One-Sixty 8000 is ridiculously rad!  The best bike I've ever ridden.  It's a whole other level.  The servicing from my dudes at Basecamp Bikes is incredibly good; keeping my bike running perfectly all the time. For 2017 my main goal is to try to get some top 5 elite results in the SES and work towards podium finishes. Pssst.. If you're fancying yourself a bit of Merida too, check out this How to Choose a Bike blog, first!
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  6. Event Supplies and Merchandise

    Eventureworks - thecyclejersey's partner page

      A professional large scale format printing service and mail order company, who supplies event organisers with all they require to tie together their event. At Eventureworks we offer various highly durable and impressionable elements of events and supplies merchandise; ranging from number boards, flags and podium backdrops - even accessories too!  As well as fully branded clothing specific to your event or brand. In general, we tend to supply mainly cycling and multi discipline sports, such as Triathlons.  Producing number boards (both Tyvek & fabric), promotional t-shirts, podium backdrops, flags and banners.  This is not a limited service company though!  Our supplies and merchandise are suitable for  almost any kind of event: charity fun runs/ obstacle courses, various kinds of festivals, school sports days, team or club events and corporate company schemes With decades of experience in print, design and manufacturing we can vouch for our well earned reputation and trustworthy UK service.  For further information on our range of products and our printing process, visit our website or contact us at: info@eventureworks.com      
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  7. Recumbent Cycling Jerseys

    Cycle Jerseys for Trike Riders

    RECUMBENT BIKE CYCLE JERSEY You may have already seen that we're proud sponsors of Laura and Patricks Trike Tour Challenge; two Army veterans are taking their trikes on a 10 day tour - covering 518 miles!  All in aid for Veterans with Dogs and Help for Heroes.  You can get up to speed with the details here.  Well this event has struck serious interest from all over the world!  And we want to announce that we can produce cycle jerseys that cater to trike users, with a simple design template, we can manoeuvre the standard 3 rear pockets to sit on the front, where they'll be of much more use to the rider! The benefits of cycling for disabled people, are just the same as for the able-bodied folk.  It's fun, often a little competitive and promotes both physical and mental health.  In saying that, the benefits for disabled riders are a lot more significant and often aid rehabilitation.  Normal day-to-day exercise is not always an option for those with a disability and with that factor being out with their control, problems such as weight gain, muscle loss and poor circulation. With mobility meaning more than cost; cycling enables independence and social wellbeing for the individual.  The therapeutic benefits associated with cycling are (of course free), but include: personal challenges | goals, empowerment and exhilarating thrills.  And we want to be part of that experience! For more information  don't hesitate to contact us at: info@thecyclejersey.com    
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  8. Eco-Friendly & Charitable Fabric

    Recycled Cycle Jersey Fabric

    17742217_10208778448606178_111505182_nStrathcarron Hospice is an incredible service for the terminally ill.  The hospice provides specialist palliative care and expert end of life care.  As well as this, they are actively involved in research and education of  palliative care.  It takes a very strong and dependable person to take on the opportunity to help an ill person achieve their personal goals and wish list requests, before their limited time runs out.  But with good symptom control and the support of the carers, they can encourage people to think and talk about what matters most to them. What we do to help? As you're probably already aware, we support and often sponsor various events, with charities being our main goal to represent every year.  During our production process a lot of fabric is wasted; due to transfer error or excess material left over - that isn't big enough to use again.  We can supply Strathcarron with up to 10 bags worth of 'waste' fabric in a week when we're in full swing!  They then take this to our local charity shop to recycle, in exchange for funds to invest into the hospice's voluntary services. Eco-Friendly Fabric:  our fabric is from Belgium (OoOoOo fancy)! The majority make up of the textiles in the fabric is polyester (100% recycled from the Polyester chain) - it needs to be polyester in order to be sublimated. We know that eco-friendly  and recycled products and services are important to people, more now than ever before, and we continue to keep this as part of our production process for the future
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  9. Grand Tours 2017

    Grand Tour Jersey

      GRAND TOUR BLOG GIROGiro d'Italia This year seen the 100th Giro d’Italia, taking place in both Ponte a Ema and Castellania - the  birthplaces of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi.  The race will consisted of 21 stages (including 2 added  individual time trials for 2017 accumulating a total distance of 62.3km).      GRAND TOUR BLOGTour de France As usual, this incredibly famous event will begin on the 1st July 2017  until 23rd.  The 104th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of 3,521km.  It will visit  3 of Frances neighbouring countries - Germany, Belgium and Luxemburg. It's broken down into; 9 flat stages, 5 hills, 5 King of the Mountain stages, 2 individual time trials and 2 rest days. This year, the 5 mountain ranges of France are included in the route - this hasn't happened since '92!  And wait for it... There's also 10 new city stages | sites, too!  Including Dusseldorf (stage 1 ),  Nantua (stage 9),  Laissac-Severac  l'Eglise (stage 15) and Salon-de-Provence (stage 19). Chris Froome is now a four-time title winner of the TDF - the record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Ever wonder how the TDF ever got to be the biggest Classic race of all time?  Read how times have changed - here. SPAIN JERSEY VISUALVuelta a Espana Beginning on August 19th, the 72nd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta  will consist of 21 stages; 5 flat, 8 hill stages, 5 mountain climbs, 1 individual time trial and 1 team time trial.  The final grand tour of the season won't be easy; including stages like the  Angliru on the penultimate day, is the most prominent - and don't forget a nice 30km climb in Sierra Nevada too.  It's any general classification riders race this year; with various amendments from stage 10 (Caravaca Jubilar to El Pozo Alimentación) to stage 16 (time trial).  
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  10. Spring Classics

          Gent-Wevelgem In this years 79th edition of the spring classic road edition - King Greg Van Avermaet came out on  top as his fight talk promised.  Gent Wevelgem is an annual road event held n March (one week before Tour of Flanders), based in Belgium - In Flanders Fields  and is popularly known for being a sprinters classic due to the flat terrain is the final stages. Tour of Flanders (Sportive) A popular one on our calendar, as many of our customer participate in this classic experience - battling it out on the famous cobbles.  This year (2017), is the 101st edition of the Tour of Flanders; and with that, comes some changes to the high endurance paced race.  The route is now a total distance of 259.9km, with 18 stages - progressively turning into short, sharp cobbled climbs. Paris-Roubaix A.K.A The Hell of the North - this event is one of the oldest and hardest.  The rhythm of this race is, up, up and awaaaay! Stages 21-29 are going to be nasty on the legs, with a nice 55km stretch of cobbled roads before a Velodrome finish. Amstel Gold Race This year marks the 52nd edition of the famous road race.  Starting at the usual spot  at the Markt Maastricht, the route takes many twists and turns around the country, featuring the Cauberg - three times.   And the lucky riders get to tackle all the steepest climbs on the way to the finale of the race, this endurance race is one to watch! Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec A favourite in this office!  Last year King Greg Van Vermaet wasn't so lucky in this edition, coming second to Peter Sagan.  This event takes a different approach to the rest, as it takes place on a circuit that total 200km.  The route is testing as it's a constant uphill battle for the most part.  A great test for the World Champs though! Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal This event is relatively new in comparison to the others; only beginning in 2010.  A single day edition, just like Grand Prix Quebec.  This too is held on a 200km circuit.    
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ABOUT TCJ

High quality digital printing technology has evolved over the years and we have the facility to utilise it to the max. So we use it unlike most others! Initially to produce our own cycle jerseys, mainly for races, enduros and just plain fun. Most of all we just wanted something different to wear on the trails that subtly whispered our likes and dislikes, our joy of the sport and desire to be creative with it.

Trouble is, we kept getting nagged for jerseys from friends and fellow riders......It didn't take much of that to realise there was a demand for these quirky and limited edition designs we were wearing, so it began to dawn on us that we should go for it. Go large. Thanks to the help and encouragement from the fine companies you see in the following pages, we finally got ourself together and brought our designs to the public at large - and created TheCycleJersey.com ...Read More

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