Rapha is an emporium of products, photography, stories and films celebrating the glory, suffering and beauty of road racing. The first Rapha collection was launched in July 2004 alongside a month-long exhibition of cycling memorabilia and events called ‘Kings of Pain’. The Grand Tour shoe was launched in March 2012.
This artwork features the first ever Grand Départ lineup (1903). The accompanying photo caption was written by Élie Wermelinger, in accompaniment to an article ‘La naissance du Tour de France’ [Miroir des Sports]:
‘Machines bizarres, maillots ou complets vestons, casquettes de ville, longs collants noirs, sacoches de guidon : le départ d’un des premiers Tours fait sourire les coureurs actuels.’ [Strange machines, jerseys or full jackets, city caps, long black tights, handlebar satchels: smiling riders start one of the first Tours.]
• Rapha cycling shoe, collage, acrylic, pen, aluminium chainset on board
• 40 x 40 x 15cm