AnaNichoola’s fab range is designed for girls who want to ride hard and look good – even when its cold!
When I’m not being a beauty ed I’m quite often to be found heading for the hills on my trusty bike. Mountain biking is a great winter sport so long as you don’t mind getting muddy, wet and cold as you shoot downhill and then muddy, wet and hot as you slog your way up hill again. As you can imagine, the ‘what to wear’ issue is never far from my mind.
In fact on particularly cold days getting ready can take nearly as long as the ride itself. My typical sub-zero outfit includes a Howies merino vest, Adidas long sleeve running top, Maloja cycling jersey and Gore anorak (which usually ends up tied round my waist), arm warmers (possibly greatest piece of kit ever) and Specialized winter gloves and cycling shoes. Add Gore 3/4 cycling shorts, a cut-off pair of Sweaty Betty cuffed sweatpants over the top, socks, ski socks, helmet and Camelback and, despite looking like a sausage, I’m ready to go. Not exactly my greatest fashion moment.
Which is why I am very intrigued by the AnaNichoola women’s cycling range. Designer Anna Glowinski is a racing cyclist who has created garments that ‘capture the thrill of bike riding, and allow riders to push their boundaries in comfort and style…’. In other words, everything in the range looks good, coordinates and comes in a choice of colours with cute ‘Hula Hoop’ motif. Does any of that ‘stylish’ stuff matter? Yes. Move on.
However the range is also designed to work – so the arm warmers (illustrated above for the uninitiated) are cut to stay put over girly biceps without falling down, while the gloves feature extra long cuffs to keep drafts out, the obligatory toweling drippy-nose wiper (beyond essential) as well as extra padding on the gear-change finger for longer wear. They can also withstand thirty minutes of relentless rain – which is way more than I can.
Star attraction though is the Smuggler Neck Warmer (above and top) which I love because its dropped chest design tucks into your cycling top to keep the drafts out, while the neck is long enough to pull over your mouth, nose and ears on a descent, and then drop down again when you start to climb. As the models demonstrate, it works best with a smokey eye and lashings of mascara (waterproof). Ha! Back in beauty land again….