Rapha #Festive500

Every year since 2010, Rapha has laid down a festive riding challenge: to ride 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The #Festive500 started in the South of England but in the ten years since, it has grown to become a global challenge. Together, we’ve covered over 130 million kilometres and the challenge has become a rite of passage for cyclists around the world. In 2020, the challenge enters its eleventh year, with more ways than ever to go the distance during the festive period.


Before you embark on your own ride this year, take inspiration, or caution, from the story of the Portland Brevet ride.

Riding against the odds

The #Festive500 Awards

For many riders, the warm festive glow is so warm, they feel compelled to record their rides.

Going the extra mile


In a long-standing tradition of the #Festive500, everyone who finishes is eligible for a stitched roundel to compliment the one you might have earned on Strava. This year we will be rounding off a decade of delivering these prizes around the world so this is your last chance to earn a stitched one.

Roundel claim is now closed. Roundels will be available to collect from Clubhouses from the end of January. If you have requested a roundel to be posted to you they will be sent out from the beginning of February.


From photo albums to poems, hand-drawn maps to freshly baked pastries, riders have commemorated their experiences of the Rapha #Festive500 since its inception. We select the most inventive entries and reward their creators with amazing prizes. Entries are now closed.

This years winners will be announced soon.

See previous entries

Best Story

Canyon Grail CF 8.0 SL with a custom Rapha #Festive500 design

Photography Award

Leica D-Lux 7 Compact Camera


Consisting of kit and accessories to aid your progress on the bike, the #Festive500 collection is available now, featuring a design inspired by the various sights and experiences you’ll encounter during the challenge.

RCC Exclusive

Festive 500 Pro Team Midweight Jersey

Exclusive to Rapha Cycling Club members.

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RCC Exclusive

Festive 500 Women's Pro Team Midweight Jersey

Exclusive to Rapha Cycling Club members.

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Festive 500 T-Shirt

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Women's Festive 500 T-Shirt

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Festive 500 Cap

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Festive 500 Socks

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Festive 500 Musette

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Make sure to follow us on social media to stay in the loop in the run up to the #Festive500. During the challenge, share your ride with us using #Festive500 to be in with a chance of winning daily prizes from the limited edition collection in our social media competition.


If there’s one way to make the #Festive500 easier, it is to ride in the company of others. Departing from our Clubhouses around the world, Rapha will be organising #Festive500 rides throughout the challenge, open to all.

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