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Filmed & Directed by Kristian Ansand & Martin Gilluck | Music by A Dancing Beggar | Produced by ERTZUI FILM ertzui.de
The Rapha Continental was established in 2007 with the aim of rediscovering the lost spirit of cycling. To help realise that ambition, each year Rapha joins forces with some of the finest independent framebuilders from around the world.
The result is a growing collection of elegant custom bikes that reflect the craft and heritage of global framebuilding, bikes that are versatile enough to handle the wide range of terrain that the Continental riders encounter.
In 2013, the European framebuilders will include Amaro Bikes, Crisp Titanium, Edelbikes, Festska, St Joris Cycles, Vandeyk Contemporary Cycles, Vogel Fahrradrahmenbau and Tiziano Zullo.
What is the Rapha Continental?
The Rapha Continental began in the US in 2007 as an antidote to the clinical aspects of road racing. It was conceived as a more creative expression of road riding, with the belief that you don’t need to pin a race number on to experience the pleasure that comes from tough rides. From the start, the Continental has been about exploring the road less travelled, discovering those things you only find out on the open road with your fellow riders. It’s about that sense of camaraderie that comes from sharing the effort and the adventure of meeting new places and people along the way.
In documenting their experiences the riders of the Continental created an inspiring online journal of films, photography, ride maps and cue sheets. Six years later, the Rapha Continental has become a global journey, with rides now being documented in the UK, Japan, Australia, Europe and southeast Asia.
Join us in 2013, in North America and around the world, as the Rapha Continental continues to discover the road less travelled.