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A club like no other

Rapha Cycling Club founder Simon Mottram tells us what he is most excited about for the club in the first part of the season.

06 March 2019

Of all the things Rapha has achieved in the last 15 years, the Rapha Cycling Club makes me most proud. Together we have built a thriving global riding and racing club with scores of local RCC groups. In 2019, I will be taking a more active role in the club to ensure it remains the most exciting and progressive cycling club in the world.

Ride Leader Programme


Members are already coming together around the world to ride and we want to be there to support you in more places. To deliver this we have been trialling a Ride Leader Programme across Europe that will enable us to enlist experienced, proficient cyclists to lead our RCC rides. We are now rolling the programme out starting with our Clubhouse Chapters. These will be up and running by July, then we will roll out to a further 30 locations throughout 2019, with cities in Canada, North America, across Europe, Asia-Pacific and Australia. The ride leaders will be fully insured with third party cover, so you can ride with us in total confidence – most riding clubs don’t offer this. Alongside the Ride Leader Programme, we are establishing a network of partner cafés that are ideal meeting points for rides, where RCC members can expect a discount on their coffee.

RCC Summits

 

Last year’s RCC Summit in Taiwan was my favourite weekend of the year. We’ll host another RCC Summit later this year with details to follow soon, and I am excited to let you know that we will also be bringing as many members together as possible at the UCI World Championships. Keep an eye out for what we’re doing in Yorkshire.

RCC Escapes


Around the world there are many regular RCC events already taking place – we call them RCC Escapes. We have been developing this range of extraordinary local rides over the last few years, from tributes to the Classics to long-weekends away with overnight stays. The emphasis is on bringing members together at least four times a year in each of the countries we operate in, to ride the best roads their region has to offer, and meet other members and make firm friends. The trips are designed to be self-sufficient, with a little help from your local RCC team. We encourage all members to organise their own Escapes with fellow club mates. Here is just a selection of upcoming rides around the world;

RCC Escape Catalina Grave

Los Angeles

23rd March

RCC Escape Fens

East Anglia UK

16th March

RCC Escape Girona

Spain

21-24th March

RCC Escape Kaohsiung

Taiwan

22nd-24th March

RCC Escape Jeju

South Korea

12-14th April

RCC Escape Mie

Japan

4-5 May

RCC Escape West Virginia

USA

May

RCC Escape Gravel

Australia

May

Exclusive Products

 

You may already know we have an RCC x Paul Smith collection arriving in May, designed exclusively for members. Before this, there will be an RCC colourway of the new Classic Rapha shoe in April. In the coming months you can also expect to see an exquisite mini-pump made by Silca and a new Giro Aether helmet in club colours. There’s also exclusive access to additional RCC content in the new Rapha Custom online platform that we have just launched.

Priority Access to Rapha Products

 

I want to make sure that members get first access to our biggest launches and particularly our limited edition products so you are less likely to miss out. In February, members received priority access to the Pantani collection followed by a special version of the CANYON//SRAM design at the start of March. The Nelson Vails collection in honour of the former US champion and Olympic medallist will arrive in April, and a special edition Aeroblock print collection in May. There will be at least four more priority access moments later this year on products that we’re keeping under wraps for now.

The RCC Remote Control

 

We are constantly adding new features to the iOS version of the RCC app. This is the first place you should look to find out what’s happening near you and connect with other members. We’ve just launched a ‘groups’ feature which means that you can quickly find your nearest group of members, whether at home or travelling. The next significant upgrade will be an enhanced chat function including one-to-one and custom group chats. By adding these features, we intend for the app to be the one place for all club interaction and information.

If you haven’t used the app recently why not take a look.

Download from the App Store

It has become clear to us that the Android version of the app needs significant improvements and consequently we are rebuilding it from scratch with the aim of relaunching it by the end of May.

Meet the Pros


For all of our EF Education First Pro Cycling and CANYON//SRAM events in 2019, RCC members will be given priority access to tickets. That means whenever Rapha and the pro teams are together, RCC members will be at the heart of it. For the Classics, there will be an evening with Sebastian Langeveld at our Amsterdam Clubhouse, plus a chance for RCC members to tour the EF team bus at Gent-Wevelgem and to ride with the CANYON//SRAM team.

Gent-Wevelgem

31st March

EF Education First Pro Cycling & Canyon//SRAM

Tour de Yorkshire

2nd-5th May

Canyon//SRAM

Tour of California

12th-18th May

EF Education First Pro Cycling

Brussels Pop-Up

June 3rd

EF Education First Pro Cycling

OVO Women's Tour

June 12th-16th

Canyon//SRAM

La Course and l’Etape du Tour

July 23rd

Canyon//SRAM

Ride London

3rd-4th August

EF Education First Pro Cycling

Tour of Britain

8th-15th September

EF Education First Pro Cycling

World Championships

21st-29th Sept

EF Education First Pro Cycling & Canyon//SRAM

Japan Cup

19th-21st Oct

EF Education First Pro Cycling

From here on in, I will be communicating with you much more frequently with updates on the club so you know what’s happening around the world. I will adopt the title of RCC Club Captain as a visible sign of my commitment.

I hope to see you on the road soon.

Simon Mottram
RCC Club Captain

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