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.
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·東方謎影
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.
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
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.
Outskirts: Route 66是Rapha的一部強檔長片，跟拍四位騎士騎車橫越美國的史詩性冒險旅程。這部片子由Builder’s Tea所作曲的影片配樂是以泱泱美國公路為靈感，歷經漫漫長路所創作出來的，Stuart Downie寫道。
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.
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.
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.
The Unmatchable Ups And Downs II
Rasmus Helt Poulsen shares his approach to the Cent Cols Challenge where taking the shortcut is not an option.