Rapha (UK) – Passing into cycling legend.
The snowstruck fourteenth stage of the 1988 Giro is etched into cycling folklore. In horrendous conditions, Andy Hampsten attacked over the Passo di Gavia and rode into the maglia rosa of race leader. To mark the 30th anniversary of Andy’s famous ride and subsequent Giro victory, Rapha presents a special collection of garments inspired by those that kept him from freezing. The Gavia collection celebrates not only an iconic ride but also the preparations and equipment choices that allowed Andy to perform as he did.
Gavia Race Cape:
Inspired by the jacket worn underneath his jersey by Andy Hampsten on his famous ride over the Gavia, this limited edition version of the Pro Team Race Cape keeps the worst of the weather out.
Hampsten’s attack on the Gavia famously moved him into the leader’s maglia rosa. This limited edition jersey is modelled on the one he wore on the stage itself – the blue of the combination classification leader.
Gavia Bib Shorts:
Despite horrific conditions on the stage, Hampsten wore only shorts. Based on our Classic Bib Shorts II, these shorts will see you through a range of riding conditions, though we wouldn’t recommend riding through a blizzard.
Gavia Base Layer:
The morning after the Gavia stage, the Gazzetta dello Sport heralded Hampsten’s brave attack. This special version of our lightweight and breathable Pro Team Base Layer is printed with the pages of that very edition.
Gavia Neoprene Gloves:
A native of North Dakota, Hampsten was no stranger to riding in the cold and knew the importance of equipment choice. The neoprene gloves he wore on the Gavia stage formed an important part of his armoury against the cold.
Gavia Winter Hat:
Andy’s mop of blonde hair resembled a snowball before he finally pulled on a winter hat for the freezing descent into Bormio.
Sock length is a hot topic in the modern peloton with a trend towards increasing length. Andy is emphatic in his view that the cuff of a rider’s socks should be just above the ankle.