For the past two weeks Carolle and I have a morning ritual...
We're up early, around 5:30AM, cheering on Canada's newest hero Ryder Hesjedal! Becoming a larger than life hero by wearing the coveted leader's pink jersey. He's a source of Canadian pride becoming the first Canadian rider to wear the Maglia Rosa! He's already worn twice.
GRINTA = PERSEVERANCE!
Stage 14 was an epic ride for Ryder on the steep climb to the mountain top finish in Cervinia. Going into that cold and rainy stage he surprised everyone including leader Joaquim Rodriguez by attacking the favorites with 3kms remaining. An attack that worked putting time between the contenders. That day, he took enough time out of Rodriguez to win back the pink jersey and to declare to the rest that he is a contender for GC.
We decided to design a special cycling cap for this occasion. I wrote on twitter that we would be designing the cap and, right away, I receive two twitter messages with interest to buy. Our first prototype was made from black cotton denim. I showed it to my FRFuggitivi group and they mentioned a lighter fabric would work better. Back, to the work table and we decided to change the fabric choosing a lighter linen/cotton for breathability because of the Spring warm weather.
We're very excited to introduce the new, GRINTA-CERVINIA Cycling Cap!
Honoring Ryder Hesjedal's gallant ride up to the ski station of Cervinia to recapture the pink jersey. It's black linen/cotton with special accents: pink under brim with the blue argyle stripe and proudly finishing with a Canadian maple leaf ribbon.
We like to honor Ryder Hesjedal's brilliant ride on stage 14 of the Giro, up that final long climb up to Cervinia. His results was a gutsy ride taking back the Pink Jersey from Joaquim Rodriguez.
Carolle and I designed a cap for this wonderful occasion. And, yesterday I showed it to my FRFuggitivi teammates with good feedback. We've decided on a different lighter fabric, comfortable for this time of year. Yesterday was cool and wet but we're confident Summer will arrive.
So, we are back re-modifying our design and with the slight changes made we will make this cycling cap ... even better!
American, Tejay van Garderen is one of those promising riders that excel in Grand Tours. Known as a time trialing specialist he's also good in the mountains. In the 2011 Tour de France stage 8 he won enough points on the cat 2 climb to earn the KOMs jersey and Most Aggressive Rider honors. He became the first American to wear the KOMs jersey in the Tour!
In the early days, of our company, the Cappello da Ciclismo Nero cycling cap had it's humble origins in all black. Then we revolved with a stripe that ran all the way to the brim. We experimented with the stripe color; blue/black and red/black.
Recently, we made a custom cap order for a client, and it reminded us of the old Cappello with red stripe. Well, we decided to bring back an old classic, and call it... The Cappello Nero Rosso Cycling Cap! We love the racing red, Italian for... rosso!
Made from Linen/cotton. Linen is a wonderful fabric, it breathes and wicks well. The cotton makes it comfortable to wear... a classic combination. Now, we have the classic Cappello; all black and the Rosso!
Now in two sizes available: Small/medium and Medium /large!
This morning Klaus sent me this wonderful comment on the Cycling Inquistion Cycling Caps made by Carolle and I. You can purchase it here.
We know our cycling caps are very well design and beautifully handmade to our rigid specifications. For me, classic is the way to go. I am passionate riding my 25 year old steel lugged Marinoni and I could not imagine riding without one of our classic cycling caps.
After a few years of designing and re-designing, we're very confident to offer the best cycling caps we can make.
To be compared to the famous Rapha it certainly makes us feel that we're finally breaking away and catching up to the head of the peloton in cycling caps.
"Thanks for the LBL recap Klaus, but I'm writing more to say thanks for the Cycling Inquisition cap which arrived here in the UK a couple of days ago. What a lovely piece of kit it is, and if anybody is considering buying one I can honestly say it's the best cycling cap I have ever had. It is;
> Made with lovely, substantial cotton, not the thin stuff on cheaper, throw away musettes. > A proper size large with a deep "bowl" that fits more fully than a casquette. > The peak is stiff but not plastic and so will not break like virtually all cycling caps that I have.
I have several Rapha caps for which I pay their price premium in part because I like the design but mainly because they are sized and I need a larger cap for my big head - one size fits all tends to be a bit tight on me (a skull krusher you could say). The Cycling Inquisition cap beats the Rapha hands down in most "departments" AND is cheaper. The material is better, the "build" quality equal, the design better and, best of all, I won't ruin it by accidentally (and irreparably) snapping the peak. Call this a recommendation ..........."