It’s probably the most frequently washed piece of clothing in your wardrobe: your Sunday morning cycling shirt.
Preferably, the shirt has a zipper with an open end, so you can change it easily into a jacket. It reminds you of climbing the mountains while suffering in the burning sun. And then there’s that convenient zippered back-pocket. Perfect for keeping your phone when you’ve activated Strava. It prevents your phone from falling out when you’re grabbing a banana from the other back-pocket.
Cycling shirt dilemma: banana or apricots
The bad thing about bananas is that they stain your pockets. You’d better bring some dried apricots the next time. Another dilemma; should you wear a thermal base-layer? It’s pretty cold now, but the sun will shine later today. Arm warmers may be a better choice, they’re much easier to put on and off.
The village sign sprint
We all agree: your favourite cycling shirt is comfortable and functional. You wear it all year long and it looks good on you. The colour perfectly matches your bike. The shirt makes you stand out in the peloton. When wearing your favourite cycling shirt, you feel strong. Your legs are ready to pump. The shirt gives you a mental boost in the sprint for the village sign…Put it on and you’re ready to ride!
Le Patron translates functional cycling shirts into casual cycling shirts
Cycling aficionados and Le Patron founders Melle van der Veen and Rogier Groen know all about the magical effect of the cycling shirt. They share a passion for cycling, as well as for stylish casual menswear.
“I was looking for that magical feeling in my casual T-shirts too, but I couldn’t find anything that matches my style”, tells Melle.
Rogier adds: “So we decided to create our own casual cycling shirts with that touch of magic.”
Le Patron casual cycling shirts are catered to cycling aficionados who want to express their love for cycling and look good all the time, also when they’re not on the bike.
The exceptional allure and character of Coppi
The rich history of cycling is Le Patron’s main source of inspiration. Melle and Rogier love the early days of cycling when cycling jerseys were refined and stylish; a time when cyclists like Fausto Coppi were known for their allure and character. Melle: “His style perfectly matches with our philosophy. Those refined old-school styles are an important source of inspiration for our clothing brand. We use beautiful, enchanting images and stories from the past for our casual cycling shirts.”
Euphoria….but first: trudge, struggle and plough on
Cycling equals suffering. That’s why cycling slang has a lot of different words for expressing this. Hitting the wall, trudging uphill, cracking and telling your legs ‘to shut up’. Everything hurts, but you endure burning legs and searing lungs. You just keep on pedalling, because you know what comes next: Satisfaction with a capital S. That heroic feeling of survival. Euphoria. You can’t have the magic without the suffering.
Le Patron casual cycling shirts: made in Portugal
Rogier: “We produce our casual cycling shirts in good factories in Portugal for a fair price. That’s very important to us. Our voluntary suffering on the bike is nothing compared to the suffering of underpaid textile workers in unsafe factories. It’s impossible to see the magic in that.”
Melle: “Our Portuguese business relations also understand the passion and the philosophy behind our casual cycling shirts. Portugal’s best cyclist Joaquim Agostinho (1943-1984) is still on a pedestal. Besides that, they have a great eye for quality and detail. They help us to translate the magical feeling of perfection into stylish casual cycling shirts.”
Discover the magic of our casual cycling shirts
The fine collection of Le Patron casual cycling shirts breathes the passion and dedication of Melle and Rogier. The collection offers different colours, sizes and designs, catered to the tastes of cyclist aficionados everywhere. Experience the magic of cycling in a casual cycling shirt!
No legendary flight to the top for the Maglia Rosa this year, but another spectacular story added to the Cima Coppi! Tom Dumoulin showed us a legendary descent to the finish and kept his pink dream alive. He certainly showed the same adhesion like his ancestors!
Will he bring the pink jersey to the 100th finish line? Be prepared with our Cento Giro-shirt!
Today is dedicated to the Cima Coppi, a prize for the first rider to cross the highest point of the Giro. To get the award, the winner will have to climbe and descent the famous Passo di Stelvio. Exciting, because there is still a chance of bad weather on this mountain! Like that day in 1965, when they introduced the Cima Coppi. It was snowing heavingly and it was too dangerous for the riders to go downhill on the slippery road.
But Graziano Battistini defied the snow and was on his way to win the race. Just three hundred metres before the finish, it was impossible to ride his bike. There was too much snow on the road. He didn’t hesitate, got of his bike and crossed the finishline by foot. The rest is history…
Today’s giro stage will finish in Tortona, the place where Fausto Coppi died in 1960 at the age of only 40.
His close relatives could hardly believe the fact he died. Like his loyal friend and soigneur Biagio Cavanna. Never again would he feel the power of Fausto’s mighty quadriseps in his hands. The fact that Biago was blind pushed the myth of Fausto’s legs to an even greater height!
Back in the twenties, at the then-edge of Amsterdam an iconic building arose from the fields. Dutch architect Jan Wils designed a recognisable stadium in the style of the Amsterdam School. The use of red brick, the typical forms and the steel framing for windows and doors are stand-out characteristics of this architectural style. The current Olympic Stadium was the main stadium for the 1928 Olympic Games.
In 1954 Amsterdam hosted another big sporting event, the first foreign Grand Depart ever. Days before the start the city is already in a good vibe. The clean new white trucks and other team cars are dominating the streets. Also the Mediterranean atmosphere brought by the many followers of the peloton creates a lot of excitement in the then gritty Amsterdam. The 8th of July The Peloton departs from the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam to arrive in Paris 3 weeks and 4656 km later.
We’re extremely happy that we were able to launch Le Patron Cycling Couture in the iconic atmosphere of the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium!
Today’s ‘Ronde van Vlaanderen’ is the apotheosis of the Flemish cycling week. Time to reminisce: the race of 1985. When the peloton arrives at the famous Koppenberg it suddenly starts to rain. Cobblestones instantly turn into slippery rocks. Wheels have no grip anymore and riders are tumbling down.
Belgian champion Eric Vanderaerden had a flat tyre just before the Koppenberg and is far behind. When he reaches the Koppenberg, he’s one of the few who is able to ride instead of running up the hill. He manages to catch up with the leading group. At the famous ‘Muur van Geraardsbergen’ nobody can keep up with his pace. Eric wins Flanders’ most appealing classic! So in the end his bad luck turns out to be good luck.
Another day in the Flemish cycling paradise! ‘Gent Wevelgem’ has all the familiar ingredients like cobblestones, wind and hordes of fans packed on the Kemmelberg and other hills.
Today’s race adds another historical monument: half unpaved roads called Plugstreets, constructed 100 years ago. They remind us that this paradise was once a warzone.
Today’s race E3 Harelbeke has an absolute king: Tom Boonen. But before Boonen could claim this title, he had to defeat ‘the emperor’ Rik van Looy. Van Looy crushed everyone on the cobblestones in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1969.
And Van Looy is still indestructible at the age of 82; last year he was wrongly declared dead. People held a minute of silence for him, but he appeared to be safe and sound!
Today the Flemish cycling week kicks off with the race ‘Dwars door Vlaanderen’.
For years this was a Belgian affair. All winners were inhabitants of the area. But after 19 years of domestic victories a Dutch guy broke this hegemony in 1964: Piet van Est. He was the junior of a famous cycling family. Piet watched and learned from his older brother Wim van Est. He stayed on his bike during the descents and made their mother proud!