Holly Blades - Threads of History

TI-Raleigh

TI-Raleigh

by Holly Blades

Born and raised just outside Nottingham, I couldn't escape Raleigh as a kid. Yes, my brother had a Chopper he got second hand from the Evening Post, and yes – living in a large industrial town – Raleigh was one of the main companies we could look forward to working for when Careers Day came around. The brand was something we were proud of. Like Paul Smith, Lord Byron and D. H. Lawrence, it was a name that put Nottingham on the map. So, it feels fitting that in Conquista’s new series reminiscing over classic cycling jerseys...


Peugeot Cycling Team

Peugeot Cycling Team

by Holly Blades

We all know the famous Peugeot team jersey – white and black, iconic, worn by the likes of Tom Simpson, Robert Millar, Stephen Roche. But the original jersey was a far less monochrome affair of blue and burgundy, worn by Hippolyte Aucouturier when he won the 1903 Paris-Roubaix, and also when he was disqualified from the 1904 Tour de France for the use of cars and trains. Still, that's one way to do a bike race.

Peugeot are old, you see. I mean, really old. The company and their sponsorship of cyclists dates back to...


Molteni Cycling Team

Molteni Cycling Team

by Holly Blades

The Molteni cycling team may have ceased to be at the end of 1976, but the Molteni jersey is just as iconic today – thanks to their most famous team member Eddy Merckx and the general cycling obsession with classic and retro kit that is around these day. Vintage cycling festivals take place all over the country now, where fans turn up with waxed moustaches and steel-framed bikes, and the Molteni kit is in abundance. What is it that makes this jersey so iconic?

The obvious suggestion would be the fact that over 18 years...


La Vie Claire Cycling Team

La Vie Claire Cycling Team

by Holly Blades

The La Vie Claire jersey is iconic. If you're reading this, a cycling website, you probably need no introduction to the block colours and geometric shapes of the Bernard Hinault-led team of the mid to late 1980's. Based on the De Stijl (“The Style”) designs of Piet Mondrian, the Benetton designed jersey is one of the most recognisable designs in the history of the peloton.

In the 1920's, Mondrian started using blocks of colour and white, divided by thick straight black lines as an attempt to free himself from naturalistic appearances. In his opinion, only something that...