Formed in June 09, Here Come the Belgians is a non-elite anti-team celebrating all things cross, cobbled and Belgian.
Seeking a different experience to the traditional cycling club, its aim is to harness the energy of a vibrant internet cycling community with grass roots racing and riding based around Cyclocross and Spring Classics. There is no race programme in the style of a racing team, more a collection of individual experiences through rides and racing, in whatever location a member may be, that all can share in and contribute toward.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The veldrijder's new clothes...

A post not necessarily for existing team members, they've got their shirts and are busy abusing them riding, training, carrying... and falling off (don't' let the Shimanoists get you down Rich!) but a Post maybe of use to aspiring Belgians.

Once we'd (Crossjunkie & Here Come..) decided we had a viable idea for a team, we needed a shirt to nail our colours to. After a few false starts on the trail of the jersey with quality, order numbers and the actual design (my ever changing design mind) playing their hand, we located a manufacturer ridiculously close to our stomping grounds.

Our shirts are supplied by Shutt VR a northern manufacturer of fine sportswool based jerseys. We wanted a team shirt that we wanted to wear rather than had to wear out of obligation to a club and Shutt seemed to fit this bill. Once we'd gone through a friendly ordering/design process and waited a short while for them to arrive (we ordered quite a few) we breathed a sigh of relief that our hunch about the kit had paid off.

In a nutshell they're great shirts.

I've ridden and raced in it and am completely happy with the fabric ( a merino, polyester mix), the cut (fits great, the sleeve length is spot on) and the pocket arrangement (3 rear, middle with velcro and reflective tab). Our logo has been reproduced without any issues, is dye sublimated to the white band and won't ever rub or peel off. The running Belgian is a happy veldrijder!

So for anyone out there interested to join our growing team the process is very simple. Buying a shirt gets you on the team and gives you opportunity to add your story to the blog. Our shirts are priced at £50 (plus postage) which we think is a pretty good price for a high quality fabric and jersey. The design isn't bad either (okay, putting the trumpet away now). So if you're interested...drop Team Here Come the Belgians an email and we can take it from there.

Then ride, race and tell us a story.

1 comment:

  1. I'll second that - as with any sportswool product, the fabric wicks and cools when hot but keeps you warm when the temperature drops, with its natural windproofing qualities helping maintain temperature on colder descents. The fit is snug, but not euro/swiss tight (if you know what i mean) and the construction robust. Winner.