After a bizarre but brilliant year of racing, founder Simon Mottram, staff and friends of Rapha pick their stand out moments.
How did the great female champions of seasons past stay fit over the winter? Author Isabel Best revisits some of her favourite tales of winter riding from the female cycling icons celebrated in her book, Queens of Pain.
The Rapha Foundation launched in 2019 with the goal of building a better future for cycling by inspiring, empowering and supporting the next generation of racers. Boulder Junior Cycling was awarded one of the first grants and now shares an update on how that funding has been used.
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.
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?
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.
‘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.
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 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.
‘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.
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.
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.
A powerful half-hour film documenting one man's experience of his body at war with itself.
One man’s open letter to the unrelenting disease afflicting his body and his decision to beat it.
Rejecting the misery of winter and embracing the cold is what cyclocross is all about. Without traffic or road signs, you are free to roam.
Five Rapha riders set out to ride the Paris-Roubaix parcours in early March 2011 as preparation for the inaugural Paris-Roubaix Sportive to be held one day before the pro event.
Rapha and RSA Films present three short films inspired by the people, places and stories of road racing.
This film, produced by Rapha and Ben Ingham, is about two of America’s finest and most inspiring road racers, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney.
Visual artist Antony Crook, in collaboration with Rapha and RSA Films, presents Knock for Knock.
The Giro d’Italia – the race itself – is just the beginning. Herbie Sykes examines the afterlives of its constituents…
For quite some time I had heard murmurings about ‘The Collector’, an intriguing Singapore character with a magnificent bicycle collection to match.
This May, we’re celebrating the Giro d’Italia in its absence by revisiting the 1962 edition. The race began outside Milan’s famous Duomo under grey skies – dank weather that would prove to be an ominous omen for our protagonist Franco Balmamion. After months of tireless training, his Giro challenge looked all but over in the first week on the road to Sestri Levante.
This May, we’re celebrating the Giro d’Italia in its absence by revisiting the 1962 edition. The second week plotted a route through the country’s southern regions before heading north towards the Dolomites where, after a quiet few stages for the GC favourites, all hell would break loose.
As is often the case in Grand Tour racing, the best was most definitely saved until last at the 1962 Giro. From the incessant attacks of Vito Taccone to the lacklustre defence of the Legnano team, read all about the great race’s final chapters here.
No new chapter in this great race’s history will be written this May, so to celebrate la corsa rosa we’re going back in time, to 1962. Coppi and Bartali have both retired and foreign riders have won two of the last three giri. Italian fans need a new champion, and they need him now.
In winning the 1962 Giro, Franco Balmamion prevailed in a civil war with a more famous, more celebrated team mate. Herbie Sykes uncovers the secrets of a truly great corsa rosa…