Masters and Convicts of the Groad
Dirty Kanza is a gravel race starting in Emporia, Kansas. The first stop for EF Education First on the alternative racing calendar, it might seem easy – until you get there. Tire-slashing rocks, heat stroke and hours between aid stations add up to a ride that recalls Grand Tour glory days.
Colombian cycling is the strongest it’s ever been. Noughties trailblazers Rigoberto Urán and Nairo Quintana are still kicking it at the top of the sport, recently joined by a new generation of wonderkids like Egan Bernal – last year’s Tour of California winner – and his team mate Ivan Sosa. But has EF Education First Pro Cycling unearthed a talent to top them all? Ahead of his debut for the team in pink at Cali, Rapha spoke to 21-year-old Sergio Higuita.
Hannah and Alice Barnes are sisters in arms, teammates and, since last September, world champions. We checked in with the CANYON//SRAM duo ahead of this weekend’s Tour of Yorkshire for their thoughts on a race that takes on extra significance this year…
OUT OF THE WOODS
A WorldTour debutant at 29, Mike Woods is a late starter but a fast learner. Now 32, he’s clinched Monument and World Championship podiums, and starts this Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège as a leading contender.
After the first half of cycling’s Holy Week was coloured EF pink by Alberto Bettiol at Flanders, we speak to his roommate and the team’s main man for this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix to see if he can repeat the feat.
The addition of Tejay van Garderen to EF Education First Pro Cycling’s stable of stage racers made waves over the winter. A proven winner at WorldTour level, the American has been on the cusp of greatness without quite achieving it. But, as he assures us in the second of EF Gone Racing’s rider interviews, his best years are still ahead of him.
The Bookmaker – By Rigo Zimmerman
From the elusive pen of Rigo Zimmerman, Rapha Mondial presents ‘The Bookmaker’, the first in a series of stories printed in the magazine, and now to be released online.
Kasia Niewiadoma is an out of this world bike racer. A heart-on-her-sleeve attacker with jet heels, the CANYON//SRAM star will line up at this Saturday’s Strade Bianche determined to win. Having placed second for three consecutive years, the Polish 24-year-old says that she now knows what she was doing wrong before, and hopes to take that step up. We spoke to her about success, suffering, and it all being ignored by the organisers.
In the first of EF Gone Racing’s written pieces, we introduce 22-year-old Dani Martínez, the newly crowned Colombian time trial king.
Il Pirata: The Saint and The Sinner
Marco Pantani is a rider like no other, one of just a handful of cyclists whose exploits are etched into cycling history.
Stability, sustainability, equality. None of these things will be achieved in women’s racing without long-term commitment. We are proud to take the lead with one of the best women’s cycling teams in the world.
EF Gone Racing
In the bus. At home. In the team cars and on top of mountains. EF Gone Racing is a new series taking you on the road with EF Education First Pro Cycling. Exclusive access, larger than life characters, and a Rapha film crew to capture it all. #GoneRacing
EF Education First / Rapha: Alternative Calendar
A pioneering group of EF Education First Pro Cycling riders are to intersperse performances in the WorldTour with global adventure, visiting the most exciting events and races in modern cycling.
In a vintage year for road racing, Rapha founder and CEO Simon Mottram picks his top moments of panache.
Rapha Mondial: Sky’s the limit
As Sky calls time on professional cycling, Jeremy Whittle reflects on the state of a sport suddenly left without its dominant force – and the long descent that looms after Britain’s climb to the top of WorldTour.
Rapha Mondial: Sorry for the Picture Break Up
A tribute to the legendary cycling commentator and former pro Paul Sherwen, who passed away last weekend.
Out of the Red, White and Blue
In his latest contribution to Mondial, WorldTour directeur sportif and former Rapha-Condor pro Tom Southam takes us through Britain’s storied cycling history to remind us all just how spectacular the recent run of British Grand Tour victories has been.
From The Milk Race To Madrid
After British riders complete an unprecedented triple crown of Grand Tour wins, can Simon Yates go one further by adding the rainbow stripes? Rapha Mondial asked Jeremy Whittle to assess the season so far, and look ahead to Austria next week.
As the Vuelta a España splutters to its conclusion, this week’s Rapha Mondial sees Herbie Sykes trace the path towards a three-week stage race for the instant gratification generation.
Rapha Mondial: The Second Coming?
Cycling historian and author Herbie Sykes is at his forthright and expansive best in this new long read from Mondial magazine. Are you sitting comfortably?
Rapha Race Radio: Episode 11
In Episode 11, Rapha Race Radio makes it to Paris for the party, but not before going surfing with Tour de France stage winner Juan Antonio Flecha and meeting some proud Welsh fans at the final time trial.
Rapha Race Radio: Episode 10
The boys make their own ‘Publicity Caravan’, go inside the team car with Team EF sports director Tom Southam, and play a game of boules with Juan Antonio Flecha.
Rapha Mondial: The French Hexagon
From the cobbles of Roubaix to sprints through the Pyrenees, the 2018 Tour was designed to include the most varied route to date. But innovation at the Grand Tours is never without its history, writes Graeme Fife
As the dust settles
Cyclocross is a sport as ugly as it is beautiful. Held in extreme weather, on dusty fields and in frozen forests filled with fans.
An interview with Jeremy Powers
Jeremy Powers is one of the most inspiring figures in cycling. A four-time US national cyclocross title holder, charismatic leader and champion of talented youngsters, Rapha is incredibly proud to have sponsored his team for the past seven years.
We followed Japanese photographer Satoshi Oda as he endeavoured to capture the beauty and the grit of Rapha Supercross Nobeyama.
Ellen Noble on Hopping the Barriers
Rapha meets the American racer to talk about her pre-season concussions, the jump to elite racing, and taking on cyclocross' notorious barriers.
The Cycling Podcast + Rapha
The Cycling Podcast is a 30-minute show providing insight, analysis and commentary on that day’s action - straight from the roadside.
Ride and Refuel
Tiffany Cromwell shares some of her nutritional knowledge and her favourite post-ride recipes.
Border Crossing: In Conversation with Emily Chappell
A former bicycle courier in London, Rapha ambassador Emily Chappell has participated in the Transcontinental twice.
Strong cornering is a keystone of cyclocross, so we picked the brains of Powers for his top tips.
An intimate insight into his passion for the aesthetics of cycling, and the ongoing search for the perfect technique. #MYHOUR
Rapha and Team Sky - The Little Things: Bar Tape
Part of a series of films to come throughout the season, both riders and staff provide unique insights into every aspect of the team.
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist - Trailer
April will see the official release of James Erskine's Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist.
Team Sky and Rapha: Not Just Another Sport
Bernie Eisel, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mathew Hayman and Bradley Wiggins discuss the highs and the lows of racing, and why road racing isn't just any ordinary sport.
Named after the arduous climb in Spain, Sella is a highly atmospheric and visually arresting insight into life at a pro team training camp.
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