THE VICENTE TRUEBA EDITION
The Tour de France is fast approaching and ready to celebrate 100 years of the famous yellow jersey by painting the French countryside in a sunny shade of gold. You’d be forgiven for thinking the organisers had forgotten the maillot jaune when they designed a course best suited to contenders for the King of the Mountains Polka Dot jersey. “To win you’ll need to be a climber, clearly” Tour Director Christian Prudhomme proudly decreed, adding that to be in contention you’ll have to back that ability up with incredible descending skills.
Those descending skills were suspiciously absent in the winner of the first KOM competition way back in 1933. In fact, that was the very motivation for the classification in the first place. Vicente Trueba may have ascended many of the 16 mountains first that year, but he certainly didn’t hold his position by the bottom each time.
The sun ardent on the terrible Col de Galibier, loose scree rocks strewn over percentages of over 15%, make the task of the leader and his adversaries even more difficult. In the desert landscape, devoid of all vegetation and shadow, the road of the Tour de France rises slowly, painfully for Vicente Trueba, the hero of our sport.
Le Miroir des Sports, 1933
It’s the fortitude to climb every ascent in the knowledge of slipping down the order that first drew us to The Flea of Torrelavega, so named because of his tiny size and his power to weight ratio. The 1933 Tour was a beast of a route taking in the Télégraphe, Galbier, Peyresourde and Tourmalet among many other giant climbs. These roads were little more than goat tracks, attacked with insanely hard gears and heavy bikes. Trueba should actually have been in yellow after stage 10, but the 8% cutoff was extended to included many dropped riders.
The man, infinitely small in the grandiose alpine mountains, who might succumb to the mass of stone at the foot and snow at the summit, continues nonetheless with obstination. In the laces of the sinuous roads of the Galibier, Trueba drops them all and makes advantages with every pedal stroke.
Le Miroir des Sports, 1933
The Vicente Trueba Edition Club Pro jersey in Spanish red for men and women is suitably fast, fittingly for our rapid climber. The stripe sleeve fabric allows us to create tonal differences in colour with the main body fabric, both featuring an abstract polka dot pattern. A zip security pocket, full gripper and the essential three rear pockets mean this jersey is equal parts form and function. Pair with a colour coded matching base layer and our Club bib-shorts to complete the look.