Support now in comfort…
Rapha made the decision to offer cycling-specific bras due to the fact that it is the first layer a woman puts on to go for a bike ride. While most sports bras are designed for women to be standing and active upright, yet when you are leaned forward and breathing hard on the bike your chest moves in different ways and so you really could use a different shape of support.
They will have two different bra styles available, with light and medium support, designed to meet the needs of women training, riding, and racing on the road, with cuts optimized to offer comfort in a riding position. Up to now women who are riding at a high level have most often had to pick whatever regular sports bra they would use for any athletic activity and hope it transitioned well onto the bike. Some apparently make the cross over well, but just as often they either don’t seem to offer the support needed while spending hours hunched over a handlebar, or their design doesn’t really work so well with a pair of bib shorts.
The Rapha Light Support Bra is a seamless design that was developed for long and lower impact rides. It is made from a stretchy, wicking fabric and uses open knit panels in the middle of the chest, under the arms, and down the center of the back to offer maximum ventilation where you get the hottest.
Priced at 40£/45€/$60 the Light version has wide flat straps and a wide underband to offer comfortable support and keep it in place. It was designed to fit best under their Classic bibs.
The Rapha Medium Support Bra is a bit more high performance with structured cups and removable inserts. It is intended for higher tempo riding and racing, and its stretchy fabric was designed to be unrestrictive in a racing position while feeling like it was barely there.
Pricing at 50£/55€/$75 the medium version is trimmed down around its straps and slightly narrower underband for a more slim fit, while still offering a bit more support for hard efforts on the bike. It uses laser cut perforations in the same high sweat areas to improve ventilation and heat escape. Its open shoulder blade shape is designed to layer perfectly with their Souplesse mesh baselayer and bib shorts.
Both models are available in 4 sizes from XS to L, fitting cup sizes from A to D. The both come in either black or white, and are available now.
Do you want to know even more of the back story on the bras? They have a behind-the-scenes story with their designer Maria Olsson that goes into the development of the new products.