Ride like a Flandrien this spring and conquer the everyday ride

Whoever sang that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year clearly wasn’t a cyclist. Anyone who rides a bike and follows professional cycling knows that spring is best and that’s thanks to the Spring Classics.

For many cycling fans, the love of these races inspires two quite different behaviours: a burst of activity and a bout of laziness. Inspired by Lizzie Deignan’s solo antics (ok, that was in October... but Paris-Roubaix is the quintessential ‘Spring’ Classic), many of us will head out early for a ride – regardless of the weather conditions – before settling in for hours upon hours of sitting on the sofa for the live race coverage as Mathieu van der Poel puts in a cobbled masterclass only to be denied at the last.

But, regardless of how inspired we might feel to get outside, riding in Flandrien conditions can be made significantly more enjoyable when dressed in Spring Classics-capable cycling kit. That’s where the GripGrab Flandrien range comes in...

Ride like a Flandrian this Spring with GripGrab

Wet and wild early spring rides

What if style could also be practical? Inspired by the ‘Belgian bootie’ cover socks that riders in the low countries have been wearing for decades, the GripGrab Flandrien Waterproof Knitted Road Shoe Covers bring that retro style firmly up to date with the addition of a waterproof membrane; meaning dry feet on wet rides – but without compromising the comfort or look of the classic knitted design.

Ideal for training rides and race recons – you can glide through puddles and keep on riding.

The recon: warm hands during wet rides

Some people like to ride with no gloves, even on the coldest days, because they’ve spotted a couple of pros doing it. The rest of us remember that Bernard Hinault still suffers hand pain decades later because of the blizzard he rode through to win the 1980 Liege-Bastogne-Liege; and that was while wearing gloves... Dressing for the conditions is a way of ensuring you get to choose how long you ride for rather than having that decision made for you when your hands go numb.

The GripGrab Waterproof Knitted Thermal Gloves are designed for those early spring rides – when the worst of winter has passed by, but the mornings can still start in an icy chill and the threat of a rain shower is never far away.Ride like a Flandrian with GripGrab this spring

Race day: Classic style

The cycling cap – casquette – is a timeless piece of cycling kit. As jersey and shorts have changed in design and material over the decades, the cycling cap has stayed consistent in style and functionality, as well as in its appeal to the fashion-conscious rider.

When worn nowadays cycling caps are often covered by a helmet. Even so, their style and practicality has not been diminished.

The GripGrab Classic Cycling Cap can finish off the look of any cycling kit, while keeping the sun and rain out of your eyes on a changeable spring day.

Race day: Cobbled comfort

Gone are the days of steel frames and 19mm tubular tyres – something riders can only be glad of when riding and racing on cobbles. Even away from the pavé though, rough road surfaces sometimes need smoothing out by wider tyres, double bar tape and a decent pair of padded gloves.

The GripGrab WorldCup Short Finger Padded Cycling Gloves can offer comfort on the cobbles of a spring race or just ease the fatigue of a potholed lane in the British countryside.

Ride like a Flandrien with GripGrab this spring

Race day: Dry feet, marginal gains

Foul weather kit can sometimes feel cumbersome: layers, thick gloves, bulky overshoes. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The GripGrab Aqua Shield High Cut Road Shoe Covers are aero, lightweight and offer wet weather protection. Airflow over your cycling shoes and lower legs is smoothed while the brushed lining ensures comfort against your skin: dry feet on fast rides.

Get out and ride like a Flandrien this spring, but do it in comfort with GripGrab’s range of premium cycling essentials.

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