The Rapha Foundation was launched earlier this year with the goal of building a better future for cycling by inspiring, empowering and supporting the next generation of racers. Boulder Junior Cycling were awarded a grant in the first round.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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 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 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.
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 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…
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.
In the latest Mondial long read, we hear the story of James Mark Hayden, the fastest man across Europe.
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.
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。
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 travels to cities around the world to uncover their greatest rides and most interesting riders.
In our latest publication from the Mondial Archive, we examine the wildlife revealed through exploration first published in Mondial 001.
As Rapha explores the theme of exploration, we are publishing an extraordinary account of adventure cycling in the 1980s from Mondial Four.
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.
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.
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’ 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.
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 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’ 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.
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.
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’ 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.