DEATH TO THE BASEBALL CAP.
Back in April of this year Tom Southam of Rapha Condor wrote a great piece for their site on the humble cycling cap and its importance within the history of cycling.
“One of the most important pieces of the cyclists wardrobe – the cycling cap. La casquette, synonymous with decades of cycling.”
I’m not going to just copy and paste the article here as I try not to do that but I will direct you to the original piece which can be found here…. take a look around their site its really good and if you like buy me some rapha stuff whilst you are there.
Here is a nice little definition from wiki: Casquette is French for “cap”. In cycling jargon, it is used to refer to the traditional peaked cotton cap worn by racing cyclists.
With the introduction of compulsory cycle helmets for massed-start racing, casquettes have become less common, but most professional race outfits still have them produced in team colours for wearing on the winner’s podium, for wearing under a helmet in heavy rain or for sale to the tifosi.
The casquette shields the head from strong sun and the peak can also make riding in the rain more comfortable, since drops do not fall directly into the eyes. They are sometimes worn with the peak backwards, not for reasons of fashion but because the peak then protects the neck from sunburn.
A traditional way to keep the head cool when cycling in hot conditions was to put a cabbage leaf under the casquette.
I am obsessed with cycling caps and have a large collection of them something my wife will never understand. During this tour I’ve not seen that many riders wearing them post or pre race which is a shame as the ugly baseball cap which seems to have replaced the cycling cap makes cyclists on the podium look no different to F1 drivers. If you read this blog and you work in the industry or know any pro riders (as I know or do neither) please get them to start wearing their cycling caps and make their presence more apparent in the peleton. It was good to see Rinaldo Nocentini wearing his whilst collecting his yellow jersey.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for more examples during this tour and hopefully we can eradicate the ugly baseball cap from the peleton. i’ll post my findings here.