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Ascents

Ascents are short four-day getaways to climb an iconic mountain, col or cycling town. From Mont Ventoux to the Passo dello Stelvio and the Col du Tourmalet, among others, each of these passes has seen near-mythical endeavours by the world’s best racers, and climbing them yourself will bring you closer to the sport. 

Ascents are based in superb accommodation very close to the slopes and in just a few days’ riding, aside from bagging a famous col, our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer: the amazing views and roads that only locals know.

When not riding, relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy great local cuisine, and deepen the friendships forged on testing gradients.

Upcoming Ascents

France

Ascent Ventoux - Les Cingles

17th - 20th August 2017

italy

Ascent Stelvio - Women's

12th - 15th September 2017

italy

Ascent Giro di Lombardia

5th - 8th October 2017

italy

Ascent Tuscany

12th - 15th October 2017

italy

Italian Lakes Weekend

13th - 16th October 2017

italy

Ascent Tuscany - Strade Bianche

1st - 4th March 2018

France

Ascent Cote d'Azur (Paris-Nice)

7th - 11th March 2018

France

Ascent Cote d'Azur

17th - 20th March 2018

Spain

Ascent Girona

30th March - 2nd April 2018

France

Ascent Cote d'Azur

13th - 16th April 2018

Spain

Ascent Girona

20th - 23rd April 2018

France

Ascent Cote d'Azur

4th - 7th May 2018

italy

Ascent Tuscany

25th - 28th May 2018

France

Ascent Alps - Giant of the Alps

14th - 17th July 2018

France

Ascent Ventoux - Les Cingles

30th August - 2nd September 2018

italy

Ascent Giro di Lombardia

5th - 8th October 2018

italy

Ascent Tuscany

12th - 15th October 2018

italy

Ascent Varese - Italian Lakes

19th - 22nd October 2018

italy

Ascent Varese - Italian Lakes

26th - 29th October 2018

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

I wanted to thank you for blowing away all my expectations regarding this trip! This was originally a once-in-a-lifetime 40th birthday present to myself, but given this experience I will need to try and find a way to fit in a couple more trips.

— Ventoux Ascent, June 2016

I'd like to say a big thank you to the team who looked after us - I think you can be very proud of them as ambassadors for the Rapha brand and excellent cycling guides. They looked after the group with professionalism, enthusiasm, energy and expertise. They were good company on the rides, either cycling or from the much appreciated back up van, and over a beer or two at dinner on the hotel terrace. Their mechanical assistance was particularly appreciated, fixing punctures and fettling hired bike positions!

— Ventoux Ascent, June 2016

FAQ

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification bikes available for hire on our European departures. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet and pedals.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)