SIMON MOTTRAM - FOUNDER AND CEO
Simon launched Rapha in 2004 in response to the lack of high quality clothing and creative brands available to road cyclists at the time. Before founding Rapha, Simon spent fifteen years as a branding and marketing consultant, advising leading brands all over the world. He is also a qualified chartered accountant.
Favourite Ride:Of all the places he has ridden, Mont Ventoux in Provence is still Simon’s favourite cycling destination: “a beautiful mountain in my favourite part of the world – it has everything: racing history, culture, beauty and it’s a tough climb that I never seem to conquer completely.”
Favourite Bike:Explorateur steel travel bike. “It gives me uncompromising riding performance wherever I travel in the world.”
Alex Valdman - Creative Director
Starting his own successful clothing label and consulting for more than a decade at leading brands around the world, Alex Valdman joined Rapha as Head of Product Design in 2014. He is now Creative Director and leads the creation of a holistic design experience across the company. He is passionate about Rapha's culture, helping to build a team united by a shared love of the sport from different points of view.
Favourite Ride:North of San Francisco, where Alex grew up, lies the Marin Headlands, home to his favourite route. "There's a gem of a ride that takes you over the Golden Gate Bridge to Hawk Hill to Mount Tamalpais to Alpine Dam and back to one of the most beautiful cities."
Favourite Bike:Speedvagen. "It's important to have a relationship with your bike maker. Working with somebody to create something that has a bespoke fit makes for a ride with no distractions."
Daniel Blumire - Product & Planning Director
Daniel joined Rapha in 2014 as Head of Merchandising, after three years working at fashion retailer Topshop. Prior to this, Daniel worked in merchandising at both New Look and River Island. He is now Rapha’s Product & Planning Director, responsible for product management and development, sourcing and production, as well as the merchandising function.
Favourite Ride:“I’ve been lucky enough to ride all over the world, but my favourite was the Col du Soulor. Beautiful, quiet roads, stunning scenery, and on a day when I was probably the fittest I have ever been on a bike, magical.”
Favourite Bike:The next one. “Having been on a pretty rigid carbon bike with deep rimmed wheels for the past 5 years, I now want a more comfortable ride to take me through the next 10.”
Mark Buckley - Finance Director
Mark is a seasoned retailer with a financial background and joined Rapha in October 2016 from Burberry where he was Director of FP&A. He previously held senior positions at Marks and Spencer and Woolworths in South Africa.
Favourite Ride:“My favourite ride was probably the Cape Argus in Cape Town way back in 2008 having only purchased a second-hand road bike a few months before and clipping in for the first time, but the natural beauty that surrounds the route which is lined with supporting crowds managed to get me through it despite the lack for preparation!”
Favourite Bike:My favourite bike is my current one! Don’t expect anything too bling from an accountant - a comfortable, all 4 seasons, trusted aluminium Cannondale Caadx is my ride on or off road, although I am eyeing up a couple of titanium options at the moment...
Francois Convercey - Global Marketing Director
Before joining Rapha in 2015, Francois Convercey worked at FMCG companies L’Oréal, Mars and Procter & Gamble for 15 years across a range of marketing and business management roles, and across multiple geographies. When he moved to Rapha, he oversaw the sales and marketing operations in the Europe region. He is now Rapha’s Global Marketing Director, and leads Rapha’s global and regional brand development and marketing programs, as well as Rapha’s new business channels developments.
Favourite Ride:The Cevennes, in the South of France. “This is where I fell in love with road cycling as a kid. I spent most of my family holidays there. It is one of the most remotes areas to ride in, but one that brings truly inspirational riding. The roads, the smell, the variety of terrain - everything brings me back to my childhood memories”.
Favourite Bike:The next one. “There is always something special about the quest for your next bike, and the process that it involves. I am on the hunt for a vintage Look 396 track bike"
Andy Berks - Chief Customer and Digital Officer
Andy joined Rapha in 2019 as Chief Customer and Digital Officer, responsible for the E-Commerce, Customer Operations, Technology and Insight teams. His career has spanned travel at InterContinental and easyJet, sports marketing at Cricinfo.com, digital advertising at Google and fast fashion at ASOS.
Favourite Ride:Most of my riding is done in the country lanes of Hertfordshire but the most memorable trip I've ever done was across Cuba. I expected leisurely spins along Caribbean coastline with regular Mojito breaks, but was rather surprised by some steep ascents. The tropical scenery was amazing, plus the locals were incredibly friendly and welcoming throughout which made the experience really special.
Favourite Bike:Like any good kid with a new toy, I'm really enjoying the Canyon Grail gravel bike which I've just bought - I haven't put it through its paces properly yet but it's loads of fun to ride and I'm looking forward to trying it out on some varied terrain this year.
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