Team TWC Cycling Gear of the Year 2013: Nicola Rutzou

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!

As a roadie, my favourite cycling kit of 2013 has to be lycra of course. I write a blog called Women Who Cycle which I established in 2011. In 2013 I decided to step up the promotion of the blog and have my own custom kit designed.

Nicola Rutzou sporting her favourite gear down under

The company I chose to create the kit was Tineli, a New Zealand company that has an office in Australia who I discovered at a bike trade show.

Tineli kindly sent me a sample kit to try which meant it was easy to order the right size and choose the options I wanted. It was important to me that it be women’s kit, not just small men’s sizes. I find it never fits as well and the chamois needs to be women’s specific as well.

I had to buy a minimum of 10 items of each, so I offered it to some of my female friends who readily agreed to help promote the blog.

Before the kit was born I had a logo designed and of course for me there was no other option but to go with my favourite colour – red.

It’s all about colour coordination so the kit matches my lovely Specialized Amira Expert bike and my shoes (S-Works women’s), socks, gloves (Specialized), helmet (Bell Volt) all match too.

I’m lucky that I live in a temperate climate like Sydney so I can wear this all year round. I just add arm warmers, leg or knee warmers and a gilet in the colder months.

Nicola Rutzou is our Australian correspondent, who also created and writes at, a blog and resource for women who love cycling.


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