TI- Raleigh, Original Vintage Cycling Team Hat


Original Vintage Team Cycling Cap

The team was sponsored by British cycling manufacturer Raleigh and Raleigh’s holding company Tube-Investemtents  – –  T.I.-Raleigh. Raleigh had a long history of cycling sponsorship going back to 1893 when they gave Zimmerman two bicycles and advertised the World Champion riding them.

TI–Raleigh Cycling Team was a Dutch professional track cycling and road bicycle racing team between 1972 and 1983. In that time, the team won over 900 races. The team was created and led by Peter Post. In his cycling career, his nickname was the Six Days Emperor, being a track champion. He also won the 1964 edition of Paris–Roubaix. Post was pretty harsh on himself. He had no time to celebrate and was always looking ahead to the next race. That attitude might have been the key to the team’s success.

The team was successful in classics and stage races. Notable riders included Joop Zoetemelk, Jan Raas, Gerrie Knetemann, Hennie Kuiper, Urs Freuler, Henk Lubberding, René Pijnen, Johan van der Velde and Dietrich Thurau. The team was known for discipline; team time trials were a specialty. The frame-building was overseen by Jan le Grand at Raleigh’s SBDU Ilkeston facility. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

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The History of the Cycling Cap

The cycling cap, or the ‘casquette’ in French, is a bit of an icon in the cycling world. The simple cloth cap graced the heads of all the greats, with the history of the cycling cap going back through the last century and beyond.

History of the Cycling Cap

The Early Days

The first documented cycling races started up in the late 1800s, exposing riders to the harsh elements. Some sort of headwear was immediately needed, so the rudimentary flat cap was the obvious choice as opposed to top hats and tails.

The Paris Roubaix start line, 1899

The flat cap was a step in the right direction, but tweed is not an ideal athletic material. This set the groundwork for the cycling cap. Riders wore plain white skull caps, which eventually turned brown and grey with dust and grime over the years. It was purely functional, keeping the sun out of the eyes, absorbing sweat, and keeping the rain and muck out.

The Hayday

By the 1950s, the cycling cap became the ultimate mark of a professional cyclist. The design was refined through the 60s, coming to resemble what we know it today. Sponsors began branding caps, and it became a way to spread your name in the cycling world.

Not only were they worn on the bike, but on podiums and on the heads of coaches and everyone else inspired by the cycling greats. Those who may not be able to afford a Campagnolo-equipped bike could afford a Campagnolo cap, so it became an entry into the cycling culture.

The Decline

With the introduction of helmets to cycling in the 70s and 80s, the cycling cap became less of a necessity. Although it was no longer the mark of a professional cyclist, it remained a part of the cycling kit. The helmet and the cycling cap were not necessarily mutually exclusive, and many cyclists chose to wear a cap under their helmets in cold and wet weather.


July 25, 2020 by Sarah Lauze – Excerpt from iLove Bicycling

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