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Palace Skateboards and Rapha collaborate for Education First kit at Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson
2 Oct 2020

New kit likely to raise some eyebrows when raced around Italy for the next three weeks

Iconic London-based skateboard brand Palace has collaborated with Rapha and Cannondale to kit out the Education First team at the Giro d'Italia.

In a partnership which Rapha is calling 'the most disruptive team kits the professional cycling world has ever seen', Palace Skateboards has come on board to help the already-eye-catching American team stand out from the crowd as they cut about in these new numbers during their three-week lap of Italy, starting on Saturday 3rd October in Sicily.

The collaboration came about to prevent the usual pink and purple kit 'mirroring the pink of the race’s Maglia Rosa' and combines Rapha's respect for the sport's history and Palace's 'disruptive, witty' method of 'straddling the worlds of high fashion, streetwear and core skate'.

The distinctive kits made by Rapha will only be worn by the team at the Giro, as well as the matching Poc accessories and Cannondale bikes. The Education First team, which includes Lachlan Morton, will also be provided with some Palace x Rapha casual wear to knock about the hotel in, too.

The jersey features the Palace duck, some holes and the faces of two guys, who these guys are, however, if anybody's guess. It's bad, like really bad. But it's so bad that it almost be amazing. Either way, it's great marketing because we are all talking about it.

For those unaware, Palace is a skateboard brand created in London in 2009 that takes inspiration from 1990s pop culture. Think VHS, Saved by the Bell, East 17 music videos and Manchester United third kits worn by Eric Cantona and you'll get a rough idea. If not, ask a teenager.

It is highly prized by the youth of today and also extremely expensive. It is also a brand that is used to sport team collaborations, most recently with Italian football team Juventus.

Palace has also helped to change up the Cannondale bikes that the likes of Morton and perennial Estonian favourite Tanel Kangert will be riding, with new paint designs for both the SuperSix Evo and SystemSix Evo framesets.

Predominantly white, swapping out the usual purple and pink, the frame features Palace's infamous 'Duck Out' duck on the forks and seat tube as well as further small nods to the London brand's inspirations from 1990s pop culture.

Whether Rapha will release this new Education First team kit and casual wear, only time will tell. But, I think it is a safe assumption that the brand will at some point as it is likely to be a highly sought after set for some within cycling, and even those outside of it.

Photos - S J Hockett @dragcoefficient