The per­fect gifts for a cy­clist

Santa’s sad­dle bag is chock-full of fes­tive treats this year, and we’ve had in­side info from a rogue elf as to what should be in your stock­ings

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1 molteni hoodie

Lounge your way through The Po­lar Ex­press, The Snow­man and the Snow­dog

and the 1981 Terry and June Chrimbo spe­cial back-to-back with a box of Qual­ity Street on your lap and at least you’ll look the part with this su­per-snug Molteni hoodie. It’s Fair Wear Foun­da­tion cer­ti­fied too, so frees up ex­tra guilt to ex­pend on those sweet­ies. cy­cling­sou­venirs.com £45.99

2 tis­sot t-race tour de france watch

You can’t rightly call your­self a cy­clist un­less you’ve got a well de­vel­oped and fi­nan­cially pre­car­i­ous lux­ury watch habit. As the of­fi­cial time­keeper of the Tour de France, Tis­sot’s Swiss-made T-race col­lec­tion seems a good place to start to us. It comes in Vuelta red too, and is classy while still be­ing af­ford­able enough to keep the bank man­ager at bay. tis­sot­watches.com £380

3 rapha week­end Bag

Al­most as a salve to the hor­ror that you might look like just an­other cog in the pro­le­tariat now that Rapha is freely avail­able in (deep breath) main­stream out­lets comes this re­as­sur­ingly ex­pen­sive leather Week­end Bag. It’s billed as an ‘uber-kit­bag’, but whether you’d ac­tu­ally want to fill this lovely thing with sweaty rid­ing keks and chuck it in a fuggy es­tate car boot we’re not sure. rapha.cc £495

4 ath­lete Per­for­mance mois­turiser and ath­lete Per­for­mance Chamois Cream

Com­bine these for the per­fect cy­cling al­ter­na­tive to that Christ­mas main­stay, the Adi­das toi­letries set. The mois­turiser is rated SPF15 to pro­tect against nasty rays, while the chamois cream keeps your un­der­car­riage in tip-top con­di­tion with shea but­ter and aloe vera. sil­ver­fish-uk.com £19.99 (Mois­turiser); £13.99 (Chamois Cream)

5 Velolove tees

Been there? Then get the T-shirt. And if you haven’t, why not get one any­way to re­mind you of good times in sunny climes ahead in 2019? As well as this stylish of­fer­ing, Velolove does a bunch of other de­signs to suit any taste. velolove.cc £25

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