Tour de France Gallery: Part IV
Though the outcome had a familiar feel, the 2019 Tour was undoubtedly one of the most challenging and entertaining in recent memory. As the race scaled its highest peaks, some riders soared, others succumbed to exhaustion, and some even had to shelter from snow.
Tour de France Gallery: Part III
Is Alaphilippe growing stronger or weaker in yellow? Can Thibaut Pinot hold his form? Who is leading Ineos? And, just how much hotter can it get? Our third gallery of images from the Tour chronicles six stages that have given rise to more questions than answers.
Tour de France Gallery: Part II
After a week that saw the yellow jersey lost and regained, narrow time gaps on the climbs and gaping chasms in the crosswinds, our latest photo essay tells the tale of a tumultuous week at the Tour.
Call of the Cols
Meandering across l’Hexagone, the Tour is quintessentially French, taking in the full gamut of Gallic landscapes. But for most of us, the mountains are what matters. With the Tourmalet in the rear view mirror, this instalment of the digital Doppio takes a look at the remaining summit finishes on this year’s Tour.
Soaring in the Savoie
Every year the Étape du Tour gives mere mortals the chance to go behind the barriers and experience the life of a pro. On closed roads, nearly 10,000 riders follow the same route as the queen stage, grinding up the climbs, swooping down the descents and finishing, arms aloft, atop a mountain summit.
Tour de France gallery: Part I
From a Grand Départ in the capital of Europe via a puncheur’s paradise in the capital of champagne to a sprint showdown in Nancy, we paint a picture of the Tour so far.
EF GONE RACING: FRENCH CANADIAN
Mike Woods is one of the peloton’s most engaging characters and, surprisingly to some, a Tour debutant. Before you get to know him better in the next episode of EF Gone Racing, we caught up with the Canadian climber to quiz him on his teammates.
A balance of high-altitude adventures and set-piece sprints, entertaining fans and empathising with riders, planning the Tour is no mean feat. On the eve of the great race, the second instalment of the digital Doppio reviews each of the Tour’s twenty-one stages.
In the first of four double-shots of digital road racing reportage to be published in July, we review the runners and riders in this year’s Grand Boucle.
Outskirts III: The Shadow of the East
In a region synonymous with division, two brothers reunite to ride 1600km to Istanbul, discovering new roads and dispelling old myths.
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Ten
In the final instalment of the Rapha Roadmap, its author Oliver Duggan recaps the conclusions from each chapter and plots his prescribed course for cycling’s future.
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Nine
Accessibility to fans is one of professional cycling’s greatest attributes but, as the Rapha Roadmap finds out, there’s work to be done to make the sport as open at the grassroots level.
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Eight
The cost of operating an elite-level cycling team has ballooned in recent years. In an attempt to costs spiralling further out of control, the Rapha Roadmap investigates ways of maximising revenue streams in cycling.
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Seven
Everyone in cycling, from the fans at the roadside to the riders they’re watching, is aware of the sport’s fragile financial model. The latest instalment of the Rapha Roadmap asks a simple question: how do we make professional cycling more profitable?
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Six
Every year, cycling witnesses superhuman feats of strength and stamina, but also suffers its fair share of scandal. In this instalment, the Rapha Roadmap looks at ways of repairing the sport’s reputation and modernising cycling culture.
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Five
The way sports are broadcast is changing. The latest instalment of the Rapha Roadmap explains why switching up the coverage of professional cycling is the key to ensuring fans don’t switch off.
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Four
The fact that bike races unfold on public roads and not in enclosed arenas is one of the sport’s greatest appeals but can also make it difficult to watch. The Roadmap asks how do we make cycling easier to follow.
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Three
How do we make pro cycling more engaging? New race formats, a change to the way teams are run and funded? The latest instalment of the Rapha Roadmap considers the options.
The Rapha Roadmap: Part Two
The sequencing of races in the cycling calendar is as unmoving as the mountains tackled by the racers, or is it? The Roadmap sees things differently…
The Rapha Roadmap: Part One
To fix a problem, you first have to understand it. The first instalment of the Rapha Roadmap takes a look at cycling’s unique appeal and sets the scene for its future.
RCC Journal – April
Simon Mottram gives us his highlights of what’s been happening in the RCC community and the latest club updates.
Last summer, Rapha took three riders on a ten day road trip to explore the best of the state's cycling, from the iconic Independence Pass to hidden gems on the far side of the Rockies.
Rapha Cycling Club x Sherpr
A bike is, first and foremost, a means to travel. To help you make the most of yours, the RCC has clubbed together with global bike shipping service, SHERPR, to provide a door-to-door service that takes the hassle out of travelling with your bike.
Outskirts II: The Big Land
150,000 square miles, 28,000 people, four riders, one road – an extraordinary adventure to the edge of the world.
A Weekend in Wales
As the first of the autumn gales struck the UK, the Rapha Cycling Club escaped to Snowdonia for a weekend of superb riding on some of Wales’ finest roads.
Rapha Mondial: JMH
In the latest Mondial long read, we hear the story of James Mark Hayden, the fastest man across Europe.
Riding the Pendulum
Since May 2016, an anonymous writer has been penning a series of diary entries about long-distance riding for Rapha. In this piece we reveal his name.
RCCLDN Road Race 2018
The Rapha Cycling Club London chapter continued its dedication to fostering a strong grassroots racing community with the fourth edition of its road race on Sunday, 12th August.
Rapha Manuals: We All Need A Finish Line
Whether it be to ride a certain distance, climb that tricky hill or achieve a certain race result, goal setting is a powerful motivational tool for many cyclists. Here’s how to set your goal and, more importantly, achieve it.
Rapha Manuals: Lost and Free
The fear of getting lost is a common obstacle to riding further away from home or even riding at all but with a little pre-ride planning, there’s nothing to worry to about. Here’s our guide to adventuring, with a little ‘a’.
Rapha Manuals: Protect Your Peach
The most important contact point between rider and machine is that between our behinds and our saddles. To help you sit comfortably, follow our tips for taking care of ‘down there’.
Rapha Manuals: The Sport With Surprises
From treadmills to tennis courts, the pitch to the pool, exercise of any kind presents a challenge and prompts an endorphin rush but adventure? That’s reserved for the cyclists.
Rapha Manuals: A Little, and Often
Just as hill climbs are rewarded with descents, so the calories you burn must be replenished. Here’s our guide to keeping your energy up during your ride and rewarding yourself afterwards.
Rapha Manuals: Finding The Answers
While we don’t recommend trying to solve a Rubik's cube while you’re riding, heading out for a spin can be a great way to solve other problems. Take a problem out on the bike and it’s bound to come back smaller.
Rapha Manuals: The Shortcut
How long does it take to get to know someone? A week, a month, a year? Head out for a bike ride with someone and it’ll probably take less time than you think.
Outskirts: Behind The Soundtrack
Outskirts: Route 66 is Rapha’s feature length film following the epic adventure four riders across the United States. The soundtrack to the film, composed by Builder’s Tea, was created a long way from the great American highway, writes Stuart Downie.
Rapha Manuals: A Few Key Pieces
As you ride more frequently and further afield, a few additional pieces of kit will prove to be very useful. We asked a trio of Rapha designers what they’d recommend.
Rapha Manuals: Love Your Bike
A clean bike will last longer and maybe even go a little bit faster. Giving yours a wash every now and then is well worth it. Here’s our routine for keeping your bike pristine.
Rapha Manuals: Wear Something Tight
For the uninitiated, cycling clothing can throw up more questions than answers. In this Manual, we recommend what to wear and explain why it’s alright to wear something tight.
Rapha Manuals: The Sociable Sport
It’s hard to hold a conversation with headphones in at the gym or shouting across a tennis court but cycling is different. Welcome to the sociable sport.
Rapha Manuals: Clear Your Mind
Cycling’s meditative qualities are much vaunted but these claims are more than just hearsay. Here’s the science behind clearing your mind on the bike.
Outskirts: Route 66
From the makers of Thereabouts and filmed in partnership with Rapha, Outskirts is a new film series chronicling incredible journeys along the world’s most famous roads.
Getting Started In Road Cycling
Whether you have been riding for decades or you are just clipping in, the journey to becoming a cyclist always includes the same rites of passage.
Rapha Mondial: Words on the Street
Painting the roads of the climbs has long been a part of cycling culture, but do professional racers notice the messages of encouragement written by fans? Mondial spoke to former and current riders David Millar, Lachlan Morton and Ian Boswell to find out.
Rapha Mondial: Rocks of Ages
We ride events such as the Etape not just to pedal in the tracks of our heroes but to answer the call of the mountains. In this piece from the Mondial Archives, Julian Hoffman explores why mountains occupy such a special place in the human imagination.
Rapha Mondial: Plains, Trains and Automobiles
In a long read from the Mondial Archives, Richard Grant delves into the restless spirit of Americana and the answers that the road can offer up to travellers.
Rapha Mondial: A Revolutionary Vehicle
In this long read from the Mondial archives, author Jon Day looks at how the bicycle has helped us find the answer to social, cultural and political questions for more than a century.
Riding is the answer
We believe cycling transforms lives and should be the most popular sport in the world.
City to sky: riding and filming in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is unlike anywhere in the world. A patchwork of city and mountain, it was the location of our latest shoot and a place where riding is the answer to life's daily challenges.
Rapha Mondial: Let's Get Lost
This week’s selection from the Mondial archive investigates themes very pertinent to Explore: are we too reliant on GPS navigation and is it changing our brains in ways we don’t yet understand? Science writer and broadcaster Kat Arney investigates.
Rapha Mondial: Time Out of Mind
Richard Askwith’s article from Mondial issue 005, turns its focus inwards and asks, what insights do we get when we look at how the brain responds when the body is pushed past normal physical limits?
Rapha Rides Brussels
Rapha Rides travels to cities around the world to uncover their greatest rides and most interesting riders.
Rapha Mondial: Kings of the Mountains
In our latest publication from the Mondial Archive, we examine the wildlife revealed through exploration first published in Mondial 001.
Outskirts: Films from the frontier
The intimate series Thereabouts has inspired riders around the world. Now its creators are partnering with Rapha to produce an incredible new series.
The Ride Of A Thousand Cols
Phil Deeker, founder of Rapha Travel’s Cent Cols Challenge, set out to ride 1,000 mountains in 100 days – the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest 50 times.
Rapha Mondial: Lightspeed
As Rapha explores the theme of exploration, we are publishing an extraordinary account of adventure cycling in the 1980s from Mondial Four.
Rapha at Roubaix
Join the Rapha Mobile Clubhouse along the cobbles, just 20km before the finish line, and support the pros as they ride the Hell of the North.
The Lure Of The Côte D’Azur
Over a long weekend in May, the Rapha Cycling Club hosted its first French summit in the small commune of Mougins, on the heights of Cannes.
The Pocket Rocketman
In 2011, track cyclist Azizul Awang’s career almost ended when a ten-inch splinter pierced his leg during a race. Six years later, the Rapha Cycling Club member is an Olympic medalist, world champion and Malaysian hero.
The Distance Diaries: Part 5
‘The Distance Diaries’ is a series of journals penned anonymously by a randonneur who, now on the other side of corrective hip surgery, is battling with re-entry into the sport he loves.
All Together Now
The Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) exists to bring cyclists together. Wherever you ride, you won’t be far from other members of our 9,000-strong (and growing) club.
Meet the seven riders who came together for the Rapha Cycling Club’s trip to New York State last month.
Famed for winter sports, the Austrian Alps offer a cache of hidden gems for discerning riders.
For Drew Ginn, Jesse Carlsson, Katya Crema and Tony D’Alberto, dedication to a goal has shaped their lives.
The Unmatchable Ups and Downs IV
The Cent Cols Challenge: As you begin to take in everything the mountains have to offer, you lose track of your normal life back home.
The Distance Diaries: Part 4
‘The Distance Diaries’ is a series of journals penned anonymously by a randonneur kept from the sport he loves by a hip injury. In this installment, he reflects on his recent operation and the long road to recovery.
Rapha Cycling Club Summit California
Sonoma County is Californian wine country and as such possess two key elements that are also favoured by cyclists: plenty of sun and rolling hills.
Five Tips For Distance Riding
Rapha Ambassador Sarah Hammond won the inaugural edition of Australia’s Race to the Rock – a 2,300km unsupported race from Adelaide to Uluru – and was the only person to complete the course.
The Distance Diaries: Part 3
‘The Distance Diaries’ is a series of journals penned anonymously by a randonneur who, kept from the sport he loves by a hip injury, is now preparing to undergo surgery.
The Unmatchable Ups and Downs III
At first you try to avoid it. The circumstances are just right: 15 degrees, dry roads and surroundings in blossom. All those hours in the basement will now prove themselves worth it. Time to go outdoors.
Rapha Cycling Club Summit Tuscany
The first RCC Summit brought together more than 60 RCC members from 10 chapters around the world to ride, race, and celebrate in beautiful Tuscany, Italy.
The unmatchable ups and downs
It’s not possible. 100 mountain passes in 10 days. 200km a day with 5,000m of climbing. Let’s talk over drinks first before deciding anything… Who are the guys riding this? What is driving them?
The Distance Diaries: Part 2
A few months on from the first entry in 'The Distance Diaries', our rider laments a long-term injury, and the mental challenge of being in limbo.
The tour of Ara
For the launch of the Brevet collection, three riders travelled to South Africa to explore part of the Tour of Ara – a 700km race across some of the country’s most notorious and challenging terrain.
The Distance Diaries: Part 1
Long-distance riding offers more time for reflection than any other discipline in the sport. The first installment of 'The Distance Diaries' penned by an anonymous randonneur is a revealing and personal tale of the obsession behind distance.
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