Team TWC Cycling Gear of the Year 2013: Adele Mitchell

We ask our contributors to share their favourite cycling outfit of 2013. No guidelines, no limits, just what our lovely bloggers have enjoyed riding in over the past 12 months. It seems every outfit has a story!

What to choose: stylish Ana Nichoola gloves or my Café du Cycliste jacket? Velobici’s ultra comfortable padded knickers? Vulpine’s must-have merino? Bamboo Ts from Trail 42 and Broken Riders (mountain bike essentials!)?

Or my hideous fluro pink cycling jersey?

Fluro pink is a colour I would never wear off a bike, unless it was nail polish. What’s more, this top doesn’t fit very well, has only the most basic features, and came from a cycle store I refuse to name because they pretty much ignored me when I went in to buy it.

Is my top pink enough? 6am drop off in East London for Ride 100

But, here’s why I love that top: last spring I was loaned a road bike, having never ridden one before. I also got a place in the inaugural Prudential Ride 100 Sportive. I had just a few months to learn road riding skills and get fit enough to cycle 100 miles in a day.

Me, my pink top, and our Ride 100 medal on The Mall

My existing cycling clothes – chosen for mountain biking – were dark, mud-friendly shades which made me practically invisible on the road and so, with safety in mind, I bought the brightest pink cycling top I could find.

Its eyeball-melting luridness went on to look after me through miles and miles of what turned out to be the most completely absorbing and utterly enjoyable training I have ever done.

Ride 100 took place on closed roads and I initially planned to wear something more stylish (i.e black) on the day. But my faithful pink top had earned its day in the sun: we’d travelled a long way together so it seemed only right that we should cross the finish line together (after six hours, 20 minutes) too!

Adele is wearing: Cycle helmet by Bontrager, pink top by Endura, cycling shorts by Nike, arm warmers by Velobici, shoes and bike by Specialized.


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