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The Freiburg Collective was billed as a celebration of the bicycle and together with the likes of Campagnolo, Tune, Fixie Inc and Chris King amongst others, Rapha jumped at the invitation from Crema Cycle's Ken Bloomer to come down and join in the weekend's fun.
And so it was that gorgeous sunshine and warm temperatures on the Saturday morning welcomed a crowd of some 50 riders - some of whom had travelled more than 4hrs just to take part - to Rapha's inaugural ride in Germany, Rapha Rides the Black Forest.
And it had it all: Brutally sapping climbs in the first few kilometres, a long drag up to the 1284m Schauinsland, a picnic stop, technical descents and vineyards… all peppered with some carefully-selected strade bianche to get us all into Giro mood. And all set against that stunning Black Forest backdrop.
There were attacks, sprints, relaxed gruppetto riding and there was also the Rapha Continental with Cindy Llewellen making the Schauinsland her 'Hausberg' by riding it three times in as many days, and Ben Lieberson closing gaps at 55km/h on the flat. But most of all there was just a great group of riders out together for a few very enjoyable hours in the saddle in some of the most spectacular scenery Germany has to offer.
So thanks to them for coming and thanks for making the Rapha Rides the Black Forest the first of many successful events to come in Europe.
- 2 be clear that was @johnherety decision to not let @AaronBuggle start. Tour of Korea and Irish National Champs will be his next rendezvous
- Happy to report @AaronBuggle is as good looking as ever after 13 stitches in his chin. Sorry to report not letting him start tomorrow though
- @flammecast @AaronBuggle His Shrone is fine !!!
- Big thanks to all marshals,coms and medical staff on the @anpostras today. Great work despite the numerous demands on their services today.
- Just to let all his girl fans know @AaronBuggle is ok. He's in hospital and will need some surgery on a cut to his chin. Will update later.
- We've just added 13 new rides since the weekend to our Rapha #womens100 Find a Ride list. → http://t.co/ux8c1JCuQc
- The team also racing the Ras in Ireland this week. Currently Aaron Buggle is the team's top placed rider in 15th overall.
- Tour Series resumes tonight in Stoke on Trent. RCJ line up is House, Clancy, McCallum, English and Mellor.
- Arboretum → http://t.co/cJXOyDWnK0 #raphasurvey #sanfrancisco #sf #cycling
- There are still a few of these sweet Rapha + Raeburn jackets at the SF @raphacycleclub. http://t.co/C2d98yCRL0