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Cycling: Is It the “Anti-Luxury Brand?”

When we think of luxury consumer brands, we think of couturier clothing, perfume, Champagne, and Rolls-Royce. The ultimate example of this might be the LVMH conglomerate, the first European company to be valued at over US$500 billion. Does cycling offer the basis to build a true luxury brand? For those seeking to move upwards in most of the world, the bicycle is seen as a symbol of underdevelopment.

PEZ Bookshelf: Cartes du Tour

From its inception in 1903, the Tour de France has aimed to encompass all the regions of France. The 2023 version does not make the big loop around the Hexagon, but rather confines itself to the lower half of the country. In 2018 Rapha put together a collection of Tour maps covering each year from 1903 until then and it provides a fascinating look at the geography of cycling's greatest event.

Gear Break: Dynaplug Repair Kit, Limar Helmets New Line, KANSEPT1 New for spring, Rapha/L39ION of Los Angeles’ Team Kits, Unior Bike Tools Change from Blue to Red & Bianchi Milano Style is Back

Dynaplug carbon racer tubeless repair kit, Limar Helmets releases new line, KANSEPT1 new for spring LTD Edition EPYC supporters jersey for men + women, the first of three new season Rapha & L39ION of Los Angeles’ team kits now available, Unior Bike Tools change from blue to red and Bianchi Milano style back in the spotlight.

PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #2: Sportful SuperGiara, Fizik Artica, Rapha Bibs, Klatre Headphones, Repente Artax Saddle & The Complete Fan’s Guide to Pro Cycling

Here's some gear we've actually used, and we think would make really good gifts - either given - or received: Sportful Supergiara Layer vest, Fizik Artica Tempo GTX winter shoe, Rapha Pro Team training bib tight, Klatre SL1 bone conduction headphones, Repente Artax saddle and GCN’s “The Complete Fan’s Guide to Pro Cycling” book.

PEZ Black Friday Special Deals from: Rouvy, KANSEPT1, Q36.5, Selle Italia, Northwave, e11even, The Cycle Show, Factor, GCN, Selle Royal, Rapha, fizik, Wahoo, Detroit Bikes, HED & Tifosi

A range of 'Black Friday' deals for a special 'Gift Guide'. A fine offer for indoor training from Rouvy, a selection of clothing from KANSEPT1 and Q36.5. Saddles from Selle Italia and Selle Royal. Shoes from Northwave. Bikes and wheels from e11even, Factor, Detroit Bikes and HED. Big discounts from Wahoo, GCN and Tifosi. Plus The Cycle Show and Rapha – World Bicycle Relief.

Gone Racing: The Alt Tour

The latest episode in the Rapha Gone Racing series follows EF Education-NIPPO rider, Lachlan Morton, in his attempt to beat the peloton to Paris and ride the entire route of the Tour, in aid of World Bicycle Relief.