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.
Outskirts II: The Big Land
150,000 square miles, 28,000 people, four riders, one road – an extraordinary adventure to the edge of the world.
Rapha Mondial: JMH
In the latest Mondial long read, we hear the story of James Mark Hayden, the fastest man across Europe.
Riding the Pendulum
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.
Rapha Manuals: We All Need A Finish Line
Whether it be to ride a certain distance, climb that tricky hill or achieve a certain race result, goal setting is a powerful motivational tool for many cyclists. Here’s how to set your goal and, more importantly, achieve it.
Rapha Manuals: Lost and Free
The fear of getting lost is a common obstacle to riding further away from home or even riding at all but with a little pre-ride planning, there’s nothing to worry to about. Here’s our guide to adventuring, with a little ‘a’.
Rapha Manuals: Protect Your Peach
The most important contact point between rider and machine is that between our behinds and our saddles. To help you sit comfortably, follow our tips for taking care of ‘down there’.
Rapha Manuals: The Sport With Surprises
From treadmills to tennis courts, the pitch to the pool, exercise of any kind presents a challenge and prompts an endorphin rush but adventure? That’s reserved for the cyclists.
Rapha Manuals: A Little, and Often
Just as hill climbs are rewarded with descents, so the calories you burn must be replenished. Here’s our guide to keeping your energy up during your ride and rewarding yourself afterwards.
Rapha Manuals: Finding The Answers
While we don’t recommend trying to solve a Rubik's cube while you’re riding, heading out for a spin can be a great way to solve other problems. Take a problem out on the bike and it’s bound to come back smaller.
Rapha Manuals: The Shortcut
How long does it take to get to know someone? A week, a month, a year? Head out for a bike ride with someone and it’ll probably take less time than you think.
Outskirts: Behind The Soundtrack
Outskirts: Route 66 is Rapha’s feature length film following the epic adventure four riders across the United States. The soundtrack to the film, composed by Builder’s Tea, was created a long way from the great American highway, writes Stuart Downie.
Rapha Manuals: A Few Key Pieces
As you ride more frequently and further afield, a few additional pieces of kit will prove to be very useful. We asked a trio of Rapha designers what they’d recommend.
Rapha Manuals: Love Your Bike
A clean bike will last longer and maybe even go a little bit faster. Giving yours a wash every now and then is well worth it. Here’s our routine for keeping your bike pristine.
Rapha Manuals: Wear Something Tight
For the uninitiated, cycling clothing can throw up more questions than answers. In this Manual, we recommend what to wear and explain why it’s alright to wear something tight.
Rapha Manuals: The Sociable Sport
It’s hard to hold a conversation with headphones in at the gym or shouting across a tennis court but cycling is different. Welcome to the sociable sport.
Rapha Manuals: Clear Your Mind
Cycling’s meditative qualities are much vaunted but these claims are more than just hearsay. Here’s the science behind clearing your mind on the bike.
Outskirts: Route 66
From the makers of Thereabouts and filmed in partnership with Rapha, Outskirts is a new film series chronicling incredible journeys along the world’s most famous roads.
Getting Started In Road Cycling
Whether you have been riding for decades or you are just clipping in, the journey to becoming a cyclist always includes the same rites of passage.
Rapha Mondial: Words on the Street
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.
Rapha Mondial: Rocks of Ages
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.
Rapha Mondial: Plains, Trains and Automobiles
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.
Rapha Mondial: A Revolutionary Vehicle
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.
Riding is the answer
We believe cycling transforms lives and should be the most popular sport in the world.
City to sky: riding and filming in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is unlike anywhere in the world. A patchwork of city and mountain, it was the location of our latest shoot and a place where riding is the answer to life's daily challenges.
Rapha Mondial: Let's Get Lost
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.
Rapha Mondial: Time Out of Mind
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 Mondial: Kings of the Mountains
In our latest publication from the Mondial Archive, we examine the wildlife revealed through exploration first published in Mondial 001.
Outskirts: Films from the frontier
The intimate series Thereabouts has inspired riders around the world. Now its creators are partnering with Rapha to produce an incredible new series.
The Ride Of A Thousand Cols
Phil Deeker, founder of Rapha Travel’s Cent Cols Challenge, set out to ride 1,000 mountains in 100 days – the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest 50 times.
Rapha Mondial: Lightspeed
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: Part 5
‘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: Part 4
‘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: Part 3
‘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.
The Distance Diaries: Part 2
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.
The Distance Diaries: Part 1
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.
Thrivor presents No Plan B: From Cancer to Corsica
A powerful half-hour film documenting one man's experience of his body at war with itself.
A Letter To Cancer
One man’s open letter to the unrelenting disease afflicting his body and his decision to beat it.
Women’s Winter Cross
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.
Two Broad Arrows
Rapha and RSA Films present three short films inspired by the people, places and stories of road racing.
Davis and Connie
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.
Knock for Knock
Visual artist Antony Crook, in collaboration with Rapha and RSA Films, presents Knock for Knock.
For quite some time I had heard murmurings about ‘The Collector’, an intriguing Singapore character with a magnificent bicycle collection to match.
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.
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