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The short and crisp name RH77 is made up of the initials of the founder René Haselbacher and his year of birth 1977 . The former professional cyclist was a multiple starter at the Tour de France and represented Austria at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Even as a professional, he had a say in teams like Gerolsteiner and Astana when it came to the team's clothing.

At that time he was already trying to select the materials and design so that they were optimal for his wearers. However, attention to detail started much earlier. In his youth, his mother had to sew his jerseys closer so that they fit perfectly.

Photo / Hennes Roth: René Haselbacher Team ASTANA (Paris-Roubaix 2007)

Now he makes his own cycling clothing to create an equally perfect outfit for cycling for his customers. The RH77 sportswear not only impresses in terms of fit and quality, but also with trendy and contemporary designs.

Behind the brand are employees who are based both in Austria and South Africa and form a young and strong college, which is reflected in the high-quality products.

Manufactured in Europe, developed in Austria and designed in South Africa.

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Haselbacher was described by SIGI LÜTZOW (derstandard.at) on April 10, 2017 ...

A reader without fear, with blame

As a professional cyclist, René Haselbacher was a sprinter with a good reputation but sometimes bad slander. Good clothing was as important to the Burgenland as an athlete as it is to him as an entrepreneur. Many of them, however, remained totally ripped off in their memories. Vienna - René Haselbacher sen had the wonderful pastime of collecting newspaper clippings. René Haselbacher jun. maybe not put into the cradle. However, it seems certain that the third Haselbacher will cut a fine figure on the bike. With his eight and a half years, the junior gives cause for the most beautiful hopes, says the senior, who in turn fulfills his father's most beautiful hopes, but also worried the ambitious hobby driver Valentin Haselbacher. Because the middle of the Haselbacher men was a sprinter. And as such, it is often seriously at risk of falling. Not infrequently, he actually contracted large-scale asphalt rashes, and at one time or another he also injured himself more seriously. And although René Haselbacher was a very successful professional, he remained in the mind of many - experts and fans, but also not fanatics - due to two accidents and the resulting pictures.

Tastelessness

On July 8, 2003, at the end of the third stage of the Tour de France in Saint-Dizier, Haselbacher fell heavily after touching the Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen, suffered double rib fractures and the most severe abrasions, but only dragged himself reasonably dressed, to the finish. Almost exactly a year later, on July 9, 2004, Haselbacher was no longer able to finish the sixth tour stage in Angers. After a fall, he lay in his blood with a broken nose and another double rib fracture. McEwen hurried over to insult the man who was literally devastated, "he made me a pig". A tastelessness, especially a baseless one. Because Haselbacher had broken his handlebars at the moment when he wanted to put on the sprint for his Gerolsteiner team-mate Danilo Hondo. "After that everyone fell, I took everyone, from Lance Armstrong down." In addition to health, the reputation was initially ruined. This was ensured by McEwen, who had branded Haselbacher as an irresponsible risk taker after the crash in the previous year, who was looking for gaps where there were none. "He was one of the best sprinters back then, so what he said was important." Even Haselbacher's friend and team-mate Peter Wrolich and Gerolsteiner team boss Hans-Michael Holczer only wanted to believe in the handlebar break before the crash when the deranged victim in the hospital insisted on his version with all his strength.

Reading and timing

Even today, René Haselbacher cannot escape the attraction of mass sprint, "because I can read that. Timing is the most important thing. And whoever brakes, who loses. I can still understand the stress that arises. Uphill or in the time trial there’s only spitting or not spitting, but you don’t have that stress. " In the early years, René was not yet sure what kind of exertion he would expose himself to with more success, but that his luck would lie in the racing saddle. At the age of ten, he watched the tour of Austria with enthusiasm, sniffed muscle muscle oil from the Sixtus brand, which the giants of the country road smeared on their shaved legs ("I still have that in my nose"), and collected, yes, exactly, newspaper clippings . At 13 he cycled behind the father Valentin over the Grossglockner, at 15 he got his first racing license.

Cycling gods on the computer

To be on the safe side, the Burgenländer from Unterwart, who grew up in Vienna during the week because the father worked for men, had to do the HTL. The cover of his calculator was adorned with pictures of Claudio Chiappucci and Miguel Indurain, adorned with cycling gods. René Haselbacher started his first tour of Austria two weeks before leaving school. He got off early to learn, "as the best Austrian at this time". In 1997 and 1998 he shone as fourth and sixth at the U23 World Cup, wages were the first professional contract with the Gerolsteiner team. Among the professionals, René Haselbacher's strengths emerged in the sprint after difficult stages and in position driving. He learned to read races, learned how to lead the stars through the field. Alexander Winokurow and Alberto Contador later benefited from this in the Astana team.

The great idol

René Haselbacher's role model, yes hero, was the Italian Mario Cipollini. "He perfected the sprinter train." René Haselbacher often played the penultimate man before the chosen one in the tactical concept of keeping the pace at the top high with up to six riders in the finish, frustrating attempts to break free and getting the star of the team as rested as possible. Such a person does not win often, but is valued. René Haselbacher only twice beat Mr. Cipollini - at the Giro d'Italia in 2002 - but instead he wore white cycling shorts like this one. "They only had Cipo, Hondo, McEwen and me." The soft spot for clothing ("It was always important to me to be well dressed") was fueled during my professional career, "at meetings with clothing suppliers. I was used to the individual".

Without strife

René Haselbacher ended his career in 2011. Without quarreling with those who had discredited his profession by doping. "Without an Armstrong, a Jan Ullrich who triggered a boom, Gerolsteiner would not have gotten started and I would not have got my first professional contract." In his company RH77, he devotes himself to the design and manufacture of individual cycling clothing. His partner is his wife Suzanne from Cape Town, whom he met during a training stay in South Africa. The family lives at the foot of Table Mountain for more than half the year. He still has a special connection to the tour of Austria. From fans collecting newspaper clippings to participants, stage winners, car drivers for VIP guests to sponsors ("No former stage winner has done this before me"), René Haselbacher was everything - the circle has closed. Almost, because the youngest Haselbacher gives cause for the best hopes.

Sigi Lützow