Some of you will no doubt have noticed that our warehouse clearance is bigger, the discounts more aggressive and many lines have not been reordered as you'd normally expect at this time of year.
Well, there's a reason for that...
On the year that Prendas Ciclismo celebrates our 25th year in business (along with twmp.net) we have taken the difficult decision to radically transform our business so that I (Andy) can pursue a new career in September.
I've been working full-time here since May 2004, and even before that, I worked helping Mick with his fledgling business with a variety of projects in my spare time.
It's been a wonderful journey, with some great trips, some brilliant garments produced and most importantly some life-long friends made along the way.
However, it hasn't been all plain sailing.
Since taking over the running of the business from Mick in 2017, the business has had to battle a number of adverse effects from the divisive BREXIT vote in 2016, many of which hit our bottom line hard.
This has meant that compromises had to be made, but most disappointing of all, it has also resulted in having to say goodbye to some loyal members of staff.
Whilst the COVID pandemic has hit many businesses and families very hard indeed, it has given us a unique opportunity to take stock of our situation, and rethink our future.
We are currently transforming the way Prendas operates, clearing a large percentage of the stock. This means no more cycling jerseys, bib shorts.
This will allow us to concentrate on our very popular range of cycling caps as well as a narrow selection of smaller cycling accessories such as our Winter socks & Winter hats.
We will still continue to promptly send out orders, whatever they might contain, with our usual care and attention.
Whilst it has been incredibly tough to make the decision, I am a fan of Prendas just like you, I now feel happy, invigorated and ready to face some challenging/rewarding months ahead.
Just don't call it a mid-life crisis!
These past few days, our notifications have been like never before, appearing at an alarming regularity! Whilst we can't feature them all, we've highlighted a very small selection that have made us very happy indeed.
An institution that, for many of us, is indissociable from those heady memories of first falling in love with cycling. Whatever comes next, 👏🏽 & 🙏🏽 to @MrAndyStorey & @MickMikelt. https://t.co/4GVZcYZZnB— Daniel Friebe (@friebos) June 13, 2021
What an era! ❤️ 👏 💕 I have been a customer since the mid 90s and always knockout service...wish you well in new ventures! #Rule5— Mark Hill (@MarkhillR5S) June 17, 2021
Grazie Mille @MickMikelt @MrAndyStorey @prendas for "fuelling" my Italian passion across the years and for the GS Coritani customer feature. 100% BEST mail order company to deal with!!!! Buona Fortuna with the Capellini future!!!!! 🇮🇹 🇮🇹 🇮🇹— 🇮🇹 G.S. Coritani 🇮🇹 (@gscoritani) June 15, 2021
As a fat kid, whose access to fitness gear (and cool gear in general) was limited to shoes, hats, and accessories it meant a huge amount to me that I could get a cycling jersey in my size. Pivotal in me sticking with cycling and feeling included, and literally life-saving.— AJ Witt (@ITAMRocks) June 15, 2021
From a personal point of view I can’t thank them enough especially for finding a very young Connie a very small lampre team jersey when I was obsessed with the pink kit 🙈 plus the fact prendas gloves have saved my hands in way too many crashes the last few years!— Connie Hayes (@connie_hayes123) June 14, 2021