The Rapha Los Angeles Clubhouse opened last year in Santa Monica, a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. The Rapha Cycling Club quickly followed with a local chapter, and a community of more than 500 riders now ride with us every week. It is easy to see why. Riding in Los Angeles is a story of city to sky, with the mass urban sprawl of the landscape ebbing away as the mountains rise. At any time from sunrise to sunset, it is possible to ride from the congestion and chaos of downtown into the wilderness and tranquility of Southern California. For many cyclists in LA, riding is an antidote to the challenges faced every day in similar cities all over the world. It gives the cycling scene a very particular feel, exactly the feel we wanted to capture with our ‘Riding is the Answer” campaign.
Angus Morton, a former pro cyclist who features in the film and is collaborating with Rapha to produce the upcoming documentary series Outskirts, is relatively new to the city. Moving to Los Angeles last year from Boulder, Colorado, he was warned of what to expect. “I was told when I first moved to LA not to look at it as one thing but as a hundred individual parts that have grown together over time,” he explains. “It’s not a place that can be classified in a lifetime let alone a sentence. I've tried to explain what it is to ride a bike here to people and I've always failed to capture it properly because riding a bike here doesn't make sense. Cycling in this city is a hundred different things that have grown together over the years to become a seemingly discernible mess. A brilliant mess that might just be one of the best places to ride a bike.”