Posted: Dec 16 2014
Le Col Blog
Le Col is proud to announce that it will supply the UCI OnePro Cycling team for 2015.Here at Le Col we are really pleased to be part of the Team One project.We are looking forward to working with the team during the season and sharing the passion for the sport along the way.We wish them the best of luck for 2015 and will keep everyone up to date on a regular basis right here.
Posted: Dec 09 2014
Today (Tuesday 9 December, 2014) sees the announcement of an exciting new professional cycling team based in the UK – ONE Pro Cycling – which is looking to compete at UCI Continental level in 2015.
The team was co-founded by CEO Matt Prior, a leading sportsman and England Cricketer. Matt has 79 England test caps to date, was a member of the England Team that won three Ashes Series home and away, and was also a member of the number one ranked test side in the world in 2011.
Riders for the ONE Pro Cycling 2015 Team are as follows:
Yanto Barker – Race Captain
Yanto Barker had the following to say, "I'm so pleased to be part of the Team One project. I'm particularly looking forward to working with the people in the team, some of whom i have achieved success with in the past and others i hope to achieve success with in the future. Whatever happens i am personally committed to contributing to and fulfilling the potential of the team in every respect.
Steve Benton, a former Human Performance Coach for Formula 1 and World Rally drivers - including England’s only World Rally Champion, Richard Burns - is ONE Pro Cycling’s Performance Coach. Steve is the driving force behind the recruitment and preparation of the 12 man squad.
Matt Winston will join from 1 January 2015 as Sports Director, having spent the last eight years at British Cycling and most recently as the GB Olympic Development Coach.
Becky Frewing, who has worked in UK Cycling Teams for the past four years, will head up the squad as Team Manager.
The announcement of the Continental licence from the UCI is expected shortly. Matt Prior will host the official team launch in London in February 2015.
Posted: Nov 05 2014The Archer Road Club was founded in 1926 as a breakaway club from the Bayswater Wheelers.
The club has produced national, world and Olympic Champions over the years, and, so far, one Tour De France winner.
The Australian rider Gary Wiggins arrived in London with very little money in his pocket, he raced on the English Amateur scene in Archer Colours, before turning pro and moving to Belgium where he rode the Kemises and in turn was accepted on to the ‘Six Day’ circuit.
Back in the 70’s the sport professional cycle racing was strictly European, Gary was one of the first outsiders to force his way onto the scene. It was while racing at Paddington track that Gary Wiggins met and married Linda who lived in the adjacent flats, and it was here that Bradley was brought up when the marriage ended and Linda and her young son returned to London from Ghent where Gary remained to carry on riding the track.
So when a certain 12 year old Bradley Wiggins turned up at Hillingdon Track and introduced himself to Stuart Benstead, Stuart knew he had standing in front of him, a young, scrawny champion in the making.
Bradley’s main focus in his early career was the track, and he has now become one of the worlds finest track endurance riders. In 1997 he won the Junior Individual Pursuit title in Cuba. He has now won 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals over four Olympic Games, and has six world track titles to his name.
In 2009 he switched his attention to the road, and in 2010 he joined Team Sky. 2011 saw him crash out of the Tour with a broken collarbone, but he returned to form in 2012 by winning Paris-‐ Nice, and the Tour of Romandie, he defended his title in the Criterium du Dauphine, and of course became the first British cyclist to win the Tour du France, closely followed by the Olympic Gold Medal in the Individual TT in London 2012.
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
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
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.
Posted: Jun 26 2014Le 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.comLe 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.
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
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!
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.
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.