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Trip Difficulty

Our guides, soigneurs and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding.

As the old adage goes, it doesn’t get any easier, you just go faster. That said, some of our trips are longer and more physically demanding than others. We’ve rated them on a scale of 1 to 5. However, as all riders know, when you’re on the road ascending a col, sometimes 90% of the battle is against yourself and your own limitations. We’ll give all riders the support they need to achieve things they might not have thought possible. All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Cent Cols Challenges and Randonneés are among the toughest, and Retreats are among the most relaxing.


Cycling isn’t always about beating your best time. Sometimes you prefer to get away and unwind, take in the beautiful scenery and sample the local produce in one of Europe’s gastronomic regions such as Tuscany or Provence. Choose a punchy morning dash followed by an afternoon by the pool or a longer, leisurely saunter. It’s up to you.

Trip types — Retreats


This is where the adventure steps up a gear. Our Ascent trips, for example, allow you to cross one of the great climbs off your list as well as explore the best roads in the surrounding area, with close support from the Rapha Travel team throughout. Your chance to really discover a destination but without the hassles of changing hotels each night.


Tackle some of the most famous cols known to cycling and explore roads you never knew existed. Expect long, tough climbs as well as some tricky descents, surrounded by spectacular scenery and dramatic views. You can expect longer days in the saddle, safe in the knowledge that you will be supported from beginning to end.

Trip types — Randonnées


This is where the going gets tough. Our Randonnées and Raids offer longer, harder riding through more challenging and varied terrain. Our Pro Team Camps are shorter trips with an emphasis on group training and the opportunity to learn additional skills both on and off the bike.

Trip types — Raids


The toughest trips we offer. Serious training is required for these routes, which have been put together to challenge even the most capable riders. The Cent Cols Challenges cover ten cols per day, over ten days, often on unmade roads with steep climbs and highly technical descents to really push you to your limits.

Trip types — Cent Cols Challenges

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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)