Hommage au Vélo realise that not everyone wants to wear black so have created their Strada cycling shorts in both navy and black. Obviously it's not just the colour options that lured us in to stocking this new UK brand, but predominately the substance behind the french-inspired style.
At the heart of a good pair of cycling shorts is the chamois and Hommage au Vélo have taken this on board with the creation of their women's specific GreenLime™ pad.
The pad is made from material that fends off bacteria and helps keep you as dry and fresh as possible. It's also designed so that most of the thickness of the pad sits below the surface, creating a cover that's free from folds or edges that could potentially cause chafing or nipping - a genius idea.
These Strada shorts are constructed from 6-panels to create a more flattering fit. Rather than one piece of material trying to shape to your body - there are 6, hugging and skimming in all the right places. They're also cut higher at the back for full coverage.
With a mid-length leg these shorts are suitable for most heights. So whether you're tall and struggle to find shorts long enough or short and find shorts that skim your knees - give these a go and they should fit well.
All in, these Strada shorts are thoughtfully designed and will have you riding for miles in comfort.
What's in a name? Who was Alfonsina Strada?
Alfonsina Strada remains to this day the only female cyclist to have started a full three-week men's professional Grand Tour: the 1924 Giro d'Italia.
Evidently as hard as nails, she crashed heavily as the race approached Naples and snapped her handlebars. Taking a broomstick from a spectating peasant, she jammed it into the remaining half of her handlebars and continued to the finish, only to miss the time cut and be eliminated. Alfonsina, we salute you.