About Zappi performance cycle clothing

FLAVIO ZAPPI: FOLK HERO

If you do your research, you'll find that our founder Flavio Zappi, is very much a folk hero. 

Family, friends, and fans of old remember how a boy from Varese rose through the ranks of Italian road racing, his brave wins, and near-wins in the Giro, the Milan-San Remo, and Paris-Roubaix. Some will remember how he narrowly missed out on being part of the Italian World Championship team of 1981 Some will remember how his rebellious and independent spirit led him to marry an English girl and ended up racing as an independent rider without professional contract. Those who know him in Britain, know him for his racing, the unique club he leads in Oxford, and for developing young British talent in the Zappi Race Team.

The Zappi range is for performance cyclists who are looking for high quality cycle wear that's designed out of deep experience of racing, sportives, and adventure cycling.

We have selected fabrics, cuts and stitching that provide the best available technology and design for performance riding. Our jerseys are not going to win races for you, but they will, we hope, instil confidence, energy and heart into your riding!

Our visual language comes straight from the heart of Italian road racing heritage, checking on the many unsung heroes, characters and villains that are part of the rich Italian cycling folklore. The guys who on the big races, won the hearts of fans (as well as beautiful girls) but were in the bathroom when fortune knocked on the door. As we go on developing new designs, we will draw from the storybook of Italian racing, the passion, the romance, the grit, the skulduggery, the laughter and the tears that have been shed in the name of The Road.