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Rapha Rising 2013
Rapha and Strava are proud to announce Rapha Rising 2013. For this summer’s challenge, we are inviting riders around the world to scale the combined height of some legendary European climbs. In the week which starts on Bastille Day (14th-21st July), Rapha is challenging participating riders to climb the combined height, from sea level, of the Col de Peyresourde, Mont Ventoux and Col de Sarenne. The Peyresourde is one of the giants of the Pyrenees, while Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, lies on the periphery of the Alps; together, they’ve been the sites of some of cycling most famous battles.
Of the Col de Sarenne, however, very little is known. At 1,999m high, the pro peloton will tackle it for the first time this summer, descending on a road resurfaced especially for the occasion. In the season’s biggest race, the pros will have to scale Alpe d’Huez twice, so this year’s Rapha Rising is also challenging riders to scale the equivalent of two Alpes, making a total climbing distance of 7,235m.
Col de Peyresourde: western approach
Mont Ventoux: tough at the top
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