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  • Le Col Ride 27th September

    Posted: Sep 30 2014

    On 27th September Le Col held a ride out for customers, stockists, media, friends and family. The main aim of the event was to preview the new Winter 2014 range and bring like minded people together for a great day.


    This was also a good opportunity to meet up with customers and stockists on the bike instead of in the office or in the shop.

    The day started at Chiswick boat club before heading out into the Surrey Hills to test the legs! The riders made their way back for beers and lunch.

    "It was a fantastic day for us to connect with our customers and partners both on and off the bike. Then back to the Boat house for lunch a quick presentation about where we are going as a brand and a look at the new range along with some good food and drink. I look forward to doing it again soon." Yanto Barker


  • Le Col and Near Naked Man.

    Posted: Sep 25 2014

    Le Col YB Custom and Near Naked Man skin suits explained.

    Over the last few years this kit has caught peoples attention and often caused confusion and bemusement.

    The full-coverage skinsuit is designed to look as if the rider is, well, naked except for a well placed fig leaf here and there. The United Kingdom-based Male Cancer Awareness Campaign (MCAC), a charity devoted to educating men about prostate, bowel, and testicular cancer, designed the suit along with Yanto Barker. 

    If you’re looking to get your own, be warned: The skinsuits are not simply for sale. Wearers must earn the suits by participating in an event of their choice. www.malecancer.org/boc/challenges/try/25

    Fancy earning your suit? www.malecancer.org/boc/news

  • Le Col and Guernsey at the Commonwealth Games

    Posted: Jul 22 2014

    The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will showcase mountain biking, road and track cycling.

    Here at Le Col we are proud of having supplied the Guernsey team with all the technical apparel they require to perform at the highest level.

    We wish the team good luck at the games which run from 23 July - 03 August.




  • Milligan Charitable Bike Ride

    Posted: Jun 26 2014


    Le Col was happy to have supplied the official clothing for the Milligan Charitable Bike Ride.
    The event took place over 3 days from Friday 20th June- Sunday 22nd June with the aim of raising over £400 000. www.milliganbikeride.com
    Le Col  provided the ride leaders and all 125 participants with their cycle clothing needs to keep them comfortable for the 3 day long journey back to London.
  • Le Col & Sportif Magazine team up.

    Posted: Jun 23 2014

    Le Col has teamed up with Sportif Magazine, a free publication for sportif riders in the UK.  Look out for Le Col in the in the "kit" page's entitled "The stylish sportiviste" Sartorial elegance is not restricted to Saville Row. Sportive riders have an ever growing choice of stylish apparel.


    First issue launching at Virgin Money Cyclone Saturday 21st June 2014
  • Le Col supports dZi foundation

    Posted: Jun 13 2014

    Le Col provided dZi with all the kit they needed to succeed in such a tough event and finish at the top.  Pro short sleeve jerseys, bib shorts, base layers, gilets, arm/leg warmers and jackets just some of the apparel provided by Le Col to keep the team comfortable and focused at the task at hand.

    Over the 5 stages, the course climbed roughly 6,550 meters, with gradients exceeding 15%.  Peter Klein claimed that the Pro Bib Shorts where the best fit he had ever worn along with a 5 star chamoix which kept him comfortable all the way till the end!

  • James Golding - World record attempt

    Posted: Jun 13 2014

    The Challenge: Ride the furthest amount of miles in 7 days. Current record 1546.8 miles set in 1948. This means 286 miles a day!

    The Rider: James Golding, twice diagnosed with cancer. Given less than a 5% chance of survival.  Hit by a truck while riding across America. Raised over £2million on his journey of re-discovery.

    Distance Over Time from SpindleProductions on Vimeo.



      Posted: Nov 18 2013

      The start of things to come

      When you’re part of a successful cycling team you need to learn to work as one.  The training camp is an instrumental part of bringing everyone together. It’s here where we get a clear picture of every member, their strengths, their weaknesses and their limits. Why? Because in order to succeed, we need to know what the people in our team are capable of. We need to create a hierarchy and minimise internal competition, so the lead roles are clearly given to riders who have demonstrated they’re the best. We need to test riders and identify where they belong in the team, what support they can give their team mates and how they perform under pressure. With this understanding we can bring the best out of each rider for the overall benefit of the team.  

      Being part of a professional team takes grit and determination. Take a look at this video shot at the 2013 Team Youth UK training camp.


      Posted: Nov 17 2013

      2013 – Team UK Youth’s year

      You don’t get to be the number 2 team in Great Britain without a whole lot of hard work, commitment and dedication. Not only did Le Col founder Yanto Barker Captain Team Youth UK in their most successful year ever, he was instrumental in their success winning the UCS Ipswich, Coastal Grand Prix, Suffolk and two other individual rounds in the 2013 Pearl Izumi Tour Series.

      Naturally Team UK Youth wore Le Col but Barker also worked closely with Nigel Mansell and the team’s management designing race strategies. As Captain he developed a close relationship with the team’s coach and helped manage each rider before, during and after each race to ensure everyone competed at their best, both mentally and physically.


      Posted: Nov 14 2013

      Only the best

      If you want to be the best you have to be willing to push yourself that little bit further and that little bit harder. When it comes to Le Col, no detail is too small and no feature too complicated. We literally go that extra mile and spend hours on the road testing new designs and technical features. Why do we do that? Because like any athlete we want to make sure we’re constantly progressing, developing and improving at every opportunity. And when it came to manufacturing, we hand picked a factory that shared our desire and dedication to be the best. Our ‘Made in Italy’ label is important to us because it signifies quality, authenticity and dedication.