500 kilometres. Eight days. The world’s favourite festive cycling challenge is back and this year it turns ten. Over the last decade, just under half a million participants have ridden over 100 million kilometres. Join us this year for even more miles and memories in our seasonal cycling rite of passage.
SIGN UP TO THE CHALLENGE
The Rapha #Festive500 is a festive tradition for cyclists around the world but, in the beginning, it was just one man and his bike. Lifelong cyclist and lead designer at Rapha for many years, Graeme Raeburn created the #Festive500 to experience the life of a pro cyclist, but has since seen it become many things to many people.
“It is not a mile-chasing thing but rather a journey. It’s about getting out there, enjoying being on your bike and riding with or visiting other people.”
His original ethos endures today. Join us for the tenth year of the Rapha #Festive500, a seasonal tradition and riding rite of passage, and challenge yourself to ride 500km in the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Those who like to ride with a GPS head unit can sign up on Strava, while riders who prefer to log their kilometres by more traditional means can pick up a #Festive500 brevet card from your local Clubhouse one week before the challenge starts*.
Consisting of kit and accessories to aid your progress on the bike, the #Festive500 collection is available now, featuring a design inspired by the various sights and experiences you’ll encounter during the challenge.
SHARE YOUR STORIES
Make sure to follow us on social media to stay in the loop in the run up to the #Festive500. During the challenge, share your ride with us using #Festive500 to be in with a chance of winning daily prizes from the limited edition collection in our social media competition.
SPIRIT OF THE #FESTIVE500 AWARDS
From photo albums to poems, hand-drawn maps to freshly baked pastries, riders have commemorated their experiences of the Rapha #Festive500 since its inception. We select the most inventive entries and reward their creators with amazing prizes. Entries open 1st January.
Canyon Grail CF 8.0 SL with a custom Rapha #Festive500 design
Worst of the weather
Pro Team Lightweight Gore-Tex Jacket
Pro Team Transfer Collection
RIDE WITH US
If there’s one way to make the #Festive500 easier, it is to ride in the company of others. Departing from our Clubhouses around the world, Rapha will be organising #Festive500 rides throughout the challenge, open to all.
In a long-standing tradition of the #Festive500, everyone who finishes is eligible for a stitched roundel to compliment the one you might have earned on Strava. This year we will be rounding off a decade of delivering these prizes around the world so this is your last chance to earn a stitched one.
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