Colombia Calling

Colombia Calling

Thirty years after Lucho Herrera put South America on the cycling map, Rapha celebrates Colombia with a special edition clothing collection, documentary film and travel trip.

18 August 2017


The term ‘escarabajo’, meaning beetle, was first used to describe Ramón Hoyos, who was Colombia’s most feared cyclist in the 1950s. The nickname came from his slight physique and rolling climbing style, but has since been adopted to describe all Colombian cyclists, even today. Emulate the escarabajos with our special edition Colombia collection, which features a design inspired by the beetles and coffee so emblematic of cycling in the country.

Colombia Pro Team Midweight Jersey

A modern performance jersey steeped in Colombian cycling history, designed for training in mild to warm weather.


Colombia Pro Team Bib Shorts

Our elite-level cycling shorts, with tricolour flag colours, yellow binding and a Rey de las Montañas print.


Colombia KOM Jersey

Inspired by Lucho Herrera’s 1987 Vuelta win, a merino jersey that combines era-specific design with modern performance.


Colombia Cap

A classic cotton cycling cap that harks back to the team caps Lucho Herrera wore to win the 1987 Vuelta a España..


Colombia Socks

Rapha’s ultimate performance socks, in a design inspired by an archive photo of Lucho wearing socks and pool slides.


Colombia T-Shirt

Straight out of the 1980s – the decade of Lucho Herrera’s dominance – with a looser fit and era-authentic cotton blend.



Rapha travelled to Colombia in search of the mythical climbs that helped produce the world’s best riders. The journey revealed a culture marked by life on two wheels. These are the stories from the inspiring people who fought a lack of opportunities, open discrimination, and much more, to reach the highest peaks of the sport.


In early 2018 Rapha Travel will host its most ambitious trip yet: a week-long odyssey across the mountains of Colombia. With three departure dates to choose from, join us to conquer climbs including the 80km Alto de Letras, and delve into the culture of this tropical terrain.