12 Road Cycling Gifts for Over £100
When gift perfection is more important than money spent we've chosen 12 real standout pieces. Some of this curated list of road cycling gifts just sneak in over £100 and some, well, don't.
Whether buying for the pro racer or for a real connoisseur of kit these big treat gifts are sure to satisfy - just make sure the wrapping is of a similar high standard.
At the top of the list and on top of the rider is the Movistar/Valverde pairing of Catlike Mixino Helmet and Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim Pro sunglasses. Befitting of a rider who in 2013 was on the podium at Amstel Gold, Liege-Bastongue-Liege and the Vuelta this pair of pro level products would bring a grin to any gift wrap ripping recipient.
Getting to races, sportives or even just out of town training starts can be difficult sometimes. The Inside Line Race Day Transfer Pack takes on this role with ease and also makes an ideal cycling travel bag for those seeking warmer temperatures for riding. With enough space for shoes, kit for all seasons, tools, spares and a helmet pouch on the outside this bag will carry nearly everything but your bike.
Summer riding form is made in the off season - it's not the best time of year to be riding but in terms of your fitness maintaining pedal revolutions over the winter makes a massive difference come spring time. Some turn to turbo trainers because of the short daylight hours but there really is no substitute for long weekend rides. When temperatures are hovering around zero it's time to bring in serious winter gear - the Lerro Jacket and Ordago Bib Tight from Etxeondo will do just that whilst the Cateye Volt 1200 will illuminate the road ahead.
The short sleeve winter jersey seems a strange idea but its popularity has proved otherwise. The uncertainty as to how cold a day it is means the arm warmers are sometimes the preferred option to winter jackets. For pure warmth the Babici Milanese has a merino wool construction whilst the Cafe du Cycliste Josette adds wind and water resistant properties for the weather hardened cyclists among us.
For those lucky enough to enjoy warm winter temperatures or bound for sunny shores for training camps a warm weather bib short makes an ideal gift. The Inferno Bib Short from Castelli is just that. Perfect for intense training in warmer temperatures it's a must have for training camps abroad.
What is all this talk of winter training, braving the elements and turbo trainers? If your riding is based around beautiful days, picturesque routes and adventure rather than the racing season the Vittoria 1976 Vintage Jersey makes a perfect item to add to your wish list.
Gifts ideal for any kind of road cyclist round off this luxury cycling gift guide. Vittoria Hora Evo shoes are high tech performance racers but with the Italian heritage and pedigree that cyclists love. No gift guide on cycling would be complete however without some finishing kit for the bike. The Speedplay Titanium are at the dizzying heights of the top of the Speedplay range; the Giro d'Italia pink editions are a nod to one of the big three grand tours.