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From Parkrun to pedals

A friendship made at Parkrun on Wimbledon Common led to the design of unusual, eye-catching jerseys bespoke-made for a cycle tour business.

Long-time cycling enthusiast Richard Evans went on his first Parkrun in 2008 as a way of helping increase his fitness levels. There, he met our MD John Krause, who, as we know, is also a keen cyclist as well as a dedicated marathon participant.

Richard, who lives in Raynes Park, formed a bond with John and a group of his friends and began joining them for marathons and Ironman competitions – including representing GB at a number of international events.

When Richard’s work status changed and he found himself at a loose end, he decided to set up a cycling holiday business, Glaudax, with his brother Tony. The name combines the word ‘audax’, used for hard core cyclists who ride 200 to 300 kilometres each day, sleep in village halls or bus shelters and carry their own luggage, with ‘glamour’ – referencing cyclists who prefer a little luxury on their cycling tours, including hotel beds, showers and sit down meals!

John learned of the new business idea and immediately offered to sponsor branded jerseys. Richard suggested to John that the jerseys might look even more special if they were made in a terrazzo design. Of course, John got right behind the idea!

The print is based on a generic, neutral terrazzo, and the material used for the jersey even echoes terrazzo’s country of origin, as it is an Italian Bioceramic fabric. Features include Riptech side panels for ventilation, Meryl Lycra sleeves, silicone hem gripper and raglan sleeve shaping.

As well as being highly practical and comfortable for tour cyclists, there’s another, philanthropic benefit, as £5 from every sale of the ‘terrazzo’ jerseys is being donated to our supported charity, teenage mental health charity, stem4. According to the charity’s estimates, the donation from each jersey sold will put one of stem4’s apps into the hands of five children and young people, which we think is a great incentive to buy one.

These classy shirts were debuted on Glaudax’s May tour to Britanny. They are made to order and cost just £45 including UK P&P: They’re a great way to stand out in the cycling crowd.

And even if you don’t cycle, please consider making a donation to the charity:

Photo credit: Glaudax jerseys debuted on Brittany cycle tour picture by Martin Young

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