Cycling is one of my favourite hobbies and I have had many great trips to Italy to watch the Giro and cycle the high mountain passes of the Italian Alps and the Dolomites. Though the Tour de France is a great race and the most famous in cycling there is something special about the Giro. It is intimate and so Italian, where as the tour though France has a more global feel about it now. At the Giro it is all a bit crazy. For instance, once the main contenders, Maglia Rosa and the Italian heros have passed the tifosi start to descend in the middle of the race so as to cycle home the two/ three mountain passes to their respective villages before night fall.
I am always looking out for books on the Giro D'italia and have found and collected a few down the years but unfortunately they are usually in Italian. Therefore I am relegated to looking at the pictures and second guessing the odd sentence. I was really pleased to come across this book last week on the Rapha web site. Maglia Rosa - Triumph and tragedy at the Giro D'Italia by Herbie Sykes. Just received my copy the other day and very pleased.
Since We first came across Raleigh Denim I have always been taken by the small artisan and independent feel of the company. The fact that they work closely with the famous Cone Mills, use white oak denim and have that semi hand made feel makes them even more appealing.Though they have tweaked the back pocket a bit they still have the look and feel that a classic five pocket should have. Below are some photos from a pair of Raleigh Denims that I started wearing about a month ago. Looking forward to giving them their first wash some time in the Autumn and will post up some more photos then. I have also added a small video I came across on the internet regarding Raleigh. Enjoy, Michael.