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BLOG LIST story 2021/09/15, 07:09

7 DAYS Active x Argon 18

Two worlds, two masters, one sport. An appreciation of said sport that sees the reunion of two childhood friends, after 30 years, and a fusion of their two passions. Malkit Singh, founder of 7 Days Active, and Jacob Ørholm, global brand director of Argon 18, team up for this specialized capsule collection.

This collection traces the line between the philosophy of movement and the complex world of cycling. Created for a sport that is slowly waking up from more than 140 years of history, this capsule underscores the technical nature of cycling and its particular needs. A global increase in the number of cyclists was the impetus for this capsule, as these numbers increased organically with society's natural need for action. Cycling has, too, organically grown within European culture, finding its pinnacle in the '70s and '80s. With its resurgence, this collaboration is apt in its timeliness.

Two very different track riders from each of their time, with Rasmus Lund on Jacob's Argon 18 team, being one of today's great athletes and Olympic silver medalist in Tokyo 2020(21) + Nelson Vails who has flourished on the personal list of idols and great role models for Malkit since he won the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he became the first African-American to medal in cycling.

Nelson Beasley Vails and Rasmus Lund Pedersen, notable cycling pros, face each other in mutual admiration as they model this capsule collection. Vails instinctively flies through the streets of his native New York, while Lund rips down the track in a flash. The collection is purposefully built for speed and aerodynamics, with ergonomic designs, unobtrusive panelling, and premium materials. The star of the collaboration is the Nitrogen Disc frame, offering a confident ride without sacrificing the lively response of a world-class sprinter. With a classic, road race feel, and all the advantages of aero-engineering, it’s perfect for both long, hard rides in the mountains, as well as an all-out bunch sprint, thanks to its versatile geometry.

Nelson Beasley Vails

Vails is a retired road and track cyclist from Harlem, New York. Having represented team USA in the 1984 games, Vails won a silver medal in the sprint, behind his fellow countryman, Mark Gorski. The first Black cyclist to win an Olympic medal, Vails was inducted into the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009.

Former Danish pro cyclist, now sports director at Deceuninck–Quick-Step, Brian Holm, was with Vails at the 1984 games and reflects on his career:

“Nelson Vails was the talk of the town ... in the early '80s. Not in terms of winning, nor for his disciplines, but in terms of his style. Vails came to the track and brought culture, at the highest sporting level, and an opening for Black athletes globally. Nelson was an eye-opener.”

Rasmus Lund Pedersen

Lund is a Danish Olympic cyclist whose specialty is track cycling. He won bronze at the 2015 World Championships, returned for two silver medals in 2016, only to stop and pivot his career towards American football. In 2019, Lund resumed his cycling career, joining the Danish Track Team and helping them win gold at the World Championships.

Lund became the world champion in the 4000m race in 2020, where he and the team set three world records. Lund, and the Danish team, took home the silver medal in the Team Pursuit, this summer in Tokyo.

7 Days Active

The brainchild of Malkit Singh, 7 Days Active is dedicated to inspiring motion for the mind, body, and soul. From its home in Copenhagen, 7 Days Active propels the agile and sporty mindset by providing functional and fashionable pieces. Each item easily adapts to active lifestyles in all arenas.

You can shop the collection at 7 Days Active and Mr. Porter.