The Ghisallo jersey from UK brand Hommage au Vélo is a slim fit, lightweight, crisp summer jersey that packs a technical punch. Laser-cut, raglan sleeves ensure the jersey sits well on your shoulders, while the breathable mesh underarms keep you fresh as you pedal hard.
Three rear pockets offer plenty of room to stash all of your ride essentials and an additional zipped pocket helps keep your valuables safe. A reflective trim runs across the top of all three pockets for added visibility if you ride after dark.
Other thoughtful details include an elasticated gripper with carbon filaments on the front to prevent riding up, a covered camlock YKK zip for durability and longevity and a soft zip garage at the top to prevent chafing on the neck.
The Madonna del Ghisallo is the patron saint of cyclists, as confirmed by Pope Pius XII. It is also a climb made famous due to its frequent inclusion in one of the five "Monuments" of cycling, the Tour of Lombardy in Italy (Giro di Lombardia). The climb takes cyclists up from the shores of Lake Como and at the top you will find the cyclists chapel, featuring cycling jerseys and memorabilia from famous cyclists as well as an eternal flame burning. More recently, a museo del ciclismo has been built.
- Laser-cut sleeves for an ultra-clean look on the arm
- Highly breathable mesh underarms for performance in the heat
- Elasticated gripper with carbon filaments on the front to prevent riding up
- Covered camlock YKK zip for great looks and longevity
- Soft zip garage at the top for extra comfort on the neck when fully zipped up
- Raglan sleeves give a clean & uninterrupted look over the shoulders
- Reflective trim on all rear pockets for additional visibility
- Three rear pockets + 1 zipped pocket for credit card & keys
- 51% polyester 41% Shetland Merino, 8% Elasthane
Hommage au Vélo is - contrary to what you might think from its name - a proudly British brand. With a French twist. David Laws is the francophile founder and designer. He's been in love with cycling man and boy, during which time he's ridden at the top level and lived, breathed and slept cycling even when working in other sectors.
How did Hommage au Vélo come about? In his own words:
"Hommage au Vélo was born out of a cycling obsession sparked in the early 1990’s in rural Kent and nurtured in the last decade of the “old days”, where secretive cycling clubs and steel frames crafted in the hands of a local frame builder were the raison d’être of the local rider. When Miguel Indurain was the extra-terrestrial and not Lance Armstrong. When cycling was a closed shop run by “old boys”, keen to pull rank on newcomers, blind to developments in fashion and popular culture and yet admirably ordered and protective of their own.
"In the subsequent 25 years, we have witnessed a full-scale revolution in the sport: the boom and bust of mountain bike racing, the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, the obsolescence and revival of fluorescent colours, the emergence of Anglophone riders as a dominant force in world cycling, the return of hand built steel frames and the brilliant increase in women cycling."
Hommage au Vélo specialises in beautiful, simple designs, with the emphasis on top quality materials, fit and finish at a sensible price. It's understated, deeply stylish and just that little bit irreverent. If you like your kit to have real character, flair, and appreciation of female cyclists, then Hommage au Vélo should be part of your thinking.
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