The toughest part about these events is the sheer number of teams and riders. How does one adequately capture all these teams and each of their own personal styles and affectations on the bike? Well, through a variety of ways, it turns out - from the car - onto the bike and then back into the car. The great thing about having photography from an event is to be able to look back through the photos and see what you missed. While each of the riders are out there riding the exact same course and dealing with the majority of the same elements (some more flat tires than others) they are all bringing their own personal flair and style to the event. Here are a few that were captured at the West Coast Gentlemen's Race last month in LA.
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Photos: Jordan Clark Haggard
-who rode his bicycle to shoot this section that would not allow vehicles.
"I fell off my bike twice." My response must have been something close to silence because Ben laughed and said it again.
"What do you mean you fell off your bike?"
"Well, just what I said, I was riding on this section and I fell off my bike. I'm worried that maybe this 30-mile section in the middle is going to be too hard for the race."
Deciding what to wear to a Rapha Gentlemen's Race is often the hardest part. Well, maybe this isn't entirely true but it has been known to bring out some very intense conversations. The feeling is akin to going to your high school prom once a year. Everyone you know is going to be there and you want to look your absolute best so what to choose?
The Rapha Women's Team went with the Souplesse Jerseys and the Rapha Men's Team chose the Trade Team Jerseys. Both in the short sleeve persuasion due to the blazing late autumn sun in Southern California.
Interview by Jeremy Dunn Photos by Abby Watson
Abby Watson is a staple in the world of Rapha, her consistency has left everyone for dust. Whether it be the infamous pizza race of 2010, the 2013 Rapha Rising Challege or holding down her duties at the Head of Finance for the North American office Abby rises to every challenge set in front of her.
This Saturday she will lead a fantastic group of women into the 2013 Rapha Gentlemen's Race in Southern California. Earlier this month she and a few of the team completed their final big training ride, a two day push over the Nestucca River Road - to the coast and back - here in Oregon. We sat down with Abby to talk about the upcoming event and this specific preparatory ride.
Words: Collyn Ahart | Photos: Phil Gale
There were a few nervous faces amongst the 49 riders rolling out of Bordeaux on an overcast Friday the 13th September. Superstition is always considered on a big ride and Simon Mottram’s team – no. 13 – ensured their race numbers were pinned upside down. Others trying to defy the impending doom donned lucky caps, strapped talismanic toys to their bars, or simply bit their nails as they waited to get going. But successfully riding 617km, roughly two-thirds the length of France, from Bordeaux to Paris, was not about chance. It was, in retrospect, a brilliant opportunity for heroism, adventure and camaraderie. As had been articulated at the previous night’s send-off dinner by Martyn Craddock, an Ambitious About Autism trustee riding the event, every rider was heading into the unknown… Here, Collyn Ahart, the event's only female rider, describes the experience.
Words and photos by Christopher Chen
A mix of street lamps and flashing bike lights illuminated the car park of Macritchie Reservior against the backdrop of the still dark sky. There, as if part of some Lycra flashmob, 108 riders congregated at the start of the Rapha Gentlemen’s Race Singapore 2013.
Joggers skipped by in disbelief at the sheer mass of bikes and bodies. The distinct whirring of a generator gave power to a pop-up espresso stall, while riders queued across the car park for a pre-ride caffeine boost. Gorgeous bicycles included aerospace carbon speedsters and old-faithful steel numbers.
Basia Lewandowska Cummings recalls this year’s National 24-hour time trial in England. Basia was there as part of Ultan Coyle’s support team, along with Ultan’s two brothers, Oisín and Finn Coyle.
Photos: Wig Worland
There’s something perverse about cheering a loved one on into the dead of night. Why are we still shouting and clapping from the roadside to ‘dig in’ and ‘go harder’ after 14 hours have already elapsed? The pain is etched into his face, salt gathering in rough patches beside his eyebrows, his eyes no longer fiercely determined but red and sore from hours in the wind and the long, cold night.
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