Sixteen riders. Ten nationalities. One heroic new design.
It’s another big year for women at Rapha and we’re excited to kick it off by meeting the championship-winning @wmncycling team.
Head to the link in our bio to find out more about the riders
Whatever your riding goal is for 2020, go further with the Rapha Cycling Club.
Regular rides, support at the biggest sportives, and world class riding experiences at RCC Summits and Escapes, mean that there are more reasons to ride than ever.
Still need a push? Take a look at what some of our members are planning to take on in 2020...
“My goal this year is to ride the full distance Paris-Roubaix sportive without crashing or losing any of my bidons.”
𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐲 𝗪𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐌. 𝟑𝟎𝟕𝟒𝟎
“My goal is to ride more consistently with friends and remember how ‘easy’ big hills are when there’s supportive people with you. I may not be the fastest rider and health has been an issue this last year but it’s easy to forget how much happier I am on a bike, even in the middle of London!”
𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐢 𝐑𝐞𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐬 𝐌. 𝟏𝟔𝟒𝟗𝟏
“My goal is to plan more coffee shop, bakery, and restaurant stops into my rides.”
𝐓𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐦 𝐌. 𝟑𝟎𝟒𝟎𝟐
“This year I’m hoping to ride the Bryan Chapman Memorial which is a 600 km Audax across Wales that you have to complete in 30 hours. I’ve only been riding for a year and a half and my longest ride to date has been 180 km so it’s going to be a big challenge for me but definitely an exciting one.”
𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐌. 𝟏𝟗𝟕𝟕𝟑
“One of my 2020 goals is to stand on top of the podium in the MCT S-league in South Korea.”
𝐊𝐲𝐮𝐂𝐡𝐞 𝐌. 𝟑𝟏𝟏𝟏𝟐
“As a newer road cyclist I would like to ride 3000 km this year – taking on the #Womens100 will give me a push to achieve this.”
𝐊𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐲 𝐆𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐥 𝐌. 𝟑𝟎𝟕𝟏𝟔
“Together we’re riding Le Loop - we’ll be cycling the whole of the Tour de France route a week ahead of the Pros.”
𝐊𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐲 𝐌𝐜𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐌. 𝟏𝟒𝟓𝟏𝟑 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐌. 𝟏𝟑𝟎𝟖𝟐
“Every year I’ve visited the Etape du Tour and yet I've never ridden it. This year my goal is to ride it and enjoy the beautiful scenery whilst having some great banter with all the other women that are riding”
𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐇𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐌. 𝟗𝟓𝟖𝟓
We’d love to know what you’re planning this year – let us know what your goals are in the comments below
Rapha at @grinduro is back for 2020.
This year we’ll be heading new roads in Switzerland, Wales and Australia as well as some old favourites in Japan, Canada and the USA.
Head to the link in our bio to find out more
As January marked the start of a new decade, Rapha founder and CEO Simon Mottram shared his thoughts on what’s to come in the new year.
𝐎𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬:
“Following the huge success of last season’s EF Pro Cycling team kit, this year’s iteration was met with universal acclaim at last week’s Tour Down Under. Though EF riders still stand out from their rivals, the kit we have designed for the CANYON//SRAM team has to be the most striking in either professional peloton.”
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘍 𝘗𝘳𝘰 𝘊𝘺𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘯𝘰𝘸, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘈𝘕𝘠𝘖𝘕//𝘚𝘙𝘈𝘔 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘍𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘺
𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 #𝐆𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬:
“After the success of last year’s alternative calendar, the #GoneRacing crew will be covering eight events from around the world to bring you the best of bike racing. ”
𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 #𝘎𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘙𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘸
𝐎𝐧 𝐎𝐮𝐭𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫 𝐕𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬:
“Perhaps the most hotly anticipated launch of all at head office is our collaboration with Outdoor Voices. With a unique approach to design and a brand mission so closely aligned to our own, we are excited to present a collection for women quite unlike any other we’ve made so far.”
𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘪𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘴
𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐚 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧:
“The Rapha Foundation enters its second year in 2020 and will issue funds to a second round of grantees. I can’t wait to see what difference we can make working with new beneficiaries.”
𝘓𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘍𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘍𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘺
𝐎𝐧 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐑𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐚:
“If there’s one word to define the next decade, sustainability is it. Whilst cycling is a fundamental force for good and inherently sustainable, the cycling industry must do more to minimise its impact on the environment.”
𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘢.𝘤𝘤
The Santos Women's Tour Down Under kicks off this week, and we’re looking forward to seeing CANYON//SRAM in their new kit.
Racing the TdU for the first time, Ella Harris had this to say: “The whole team seems to be tracking really nicely so we can go in with high hopes and big aims – I think we have lots of opportunities and options to achieve success.”
Teammate Tanja Erath – also a newcomer to the race – added: "The perfect outcome would be to show how strong we are as a team and take some early confidence into the European spring and summer racing."
Best of luck to @jesspratt97@tiffanycromwell@alexismryan@hannahlu_dwig@elllaharrris@taennele.
This year’s @tourdownunder takes place against a sombre backdrop. We’re raising money for the Volunteer Fire Services at our Pop-Up in Adelaide – make sure you follow @rapha_australia for all the details.
How did your #Festive500 challenge go?⠀
Whether you doubled the distance or bonked at the first barrier, we want to hear (and see) all of your cycling stories for the ‘spirit of’ competition. To get you started, we’ve rounded up some of the standout entries of the past few years for inspiration.⠀
▪An adventurous route through the snowy Southern Alps was always guaranteed to amount to some breathtaking photographs for @simonasonabike.⠀
▪Last year’s winner @paulojeru took it on himself to hand out traditional Phillipine bread rolls – pan de sal – to the people he met cycling through his home region of Aklan.⠀
▪Taking on the unofficial #Festive500 brevet ride, @saschafetsch created a stamp to celebrate the effort and netted himself the award for the Most Adventurous Ride in the process.⠀
▪With his first child due on New Year’s Day, @karl.maguire thought he could go the distance before the birth, but the baby had other ideas. Instead, Karl managed all of 5.8km for last year’s Epic Fail.⠀
▪In 2016, the grand prize was awarded to @ruthycous for a series of beautiful hand-painted postcards she had written to her deceased father about her experience riding the #Festive500.⠀
Ready to share your entry with us? Whether your legs lust after a custom @canyon Grail or you’ve got your eye on the @leica_camera D-Lux, we’ve got some amazing prizes on offer in exchange for your best stories.⠀
Head to the link in our bio to submit your entry. ⠀ 🔴 Entries will close on 21st January 🔴
Thanks to everyone who joined us on the road to go the distance and make this #Festive500 the biggest one yet.
Nearly 120 thousand people have ridden over 28 million kilometers in just eight days – and there are still a few hours to go.
We've had some amazing highlights along the way from @sannehit documenting her #Festive500 journey on @rapha_europe to seeing riders take part in the third annual Seattle Brevet ride with @rapha_n_america.
What a way to round off the decade.
We'd love to know what your #Festive500 highlights have been – let us know in the comments below
This is it – the Rapha #Festive500 starts tomorrow.
We want to know where you're riding and who you're taking with you.
Share your pictures and videos with us using the hashtag and we'll be picking some of our favourites each day to win #Festive500 prizes.
Well...what are you waiting for?