Braver Than The Elements - 12/12/15

Braver than the elements

As winter sets in, many of us change the way we ride. We might ride a bit less often, or our distances may become shorter. But this change to our riding also brings about a new anticipation for winter, and rides that reap a different sense of reward. Last year, Rapha began Braver than the Elements – an invitation to all women who ride, to step out into conditions you might otherwise shy away from.

This year, on Saturday 12th December 2015, we invite you to ride with us once more – to embrace the elements, and show fortitude with your friends. Over 37 rides are planned throughout North America, the UK, Europe, Japan and Korea, where we’ll be hosting women’s rides from Rapha Cycle Clubs and organising local rides led by our ambassadors.

Find a ride near you and RSVP on this page. Even if you can’t ride with us on the day, we still hope to inspire you to ride solo or with friends on the 12th December and brave the elements of the coming season.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Krysten Koehn

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Join us on a ride that spells winter. With exposure to the elements we ride the wind and pass several bodies of water on a 53 km loop. Riding on good roads and with a steamy hot cocoa waiting at the club upon arrival.

Riders must come prepared with appropriate clothing for the weather, helmet and a flat kit.

Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Nicole Tur

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Join me for a 40 mile ride through the beautiful, quiet lanes of the North Beds villages. The route is rolling and takes in some stunning views as we ride alongside the river Ouse at many points along the way. The ride will stop halfway at Harrold Country Park, they serve delicious cake, coffee and other refreshments. It’s non compulsory to join me for mulled wine at The Hide in Ampthil post ride to start the festive cheer.

Riders must have appropriate gear for conditions eg rain jackets, gloves, booties, mudguards, lights and smiles. Please bring spares for repairs, water and food to consume while riding. There will be a refreshment stop halfway, it’s advisable to bring money for a warm drink and slice of cake.

Portland, Or

Abby Watson

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Join us for a ride in the West Hills through Hoyt Arboretum to Fairmount and up to Council Crest.

Riders must have appropriate gear for conditions, including rain jackets, gloves, booties and fenders if it’s cold and raining

 

Boulder, CO

Lentine Z. and Liz B.

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Join us for a 40-50 mile coffee ride from Boulder to Lyons via North Boulder dirt. We’ll stop at the Stone Cup for a warm up, and continue on to an extension off of the Fruit Loops, back through Hygiene. *Weather Dependent*

Riders must be self-sufficient when it comes to ride gear, equipment, extra tube, pump/C02, cash, good attitude! If the weather is way too mucky, we’ll stick to the Boulder bike paths and do a Boulder coffee and baked goods tour.

CCOSK, Japan

Tanimoto Kumiko

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Mozu, Japan

Yuko Otsubo

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CCTYO, Japan

Naomi Fujimori, Keiko Ikeda

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Chicago, IL

Lindsay Knight

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Join us for a ride around the Skokie Lagoons, with warm drinks and baked goods to be had both pre- and post- ride.

 

Riders must come prepared with appropriate clothing, a helmet, and a flat kit. If it’s slushy or wet out, fenders are also HIGHLY encouraged. [NOTE: If it is horrendously cold the day of the BTTE ride, the route will be shortened and the coffee stop lengthened.]

Vicenza, Italy

Elena Martinello

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Join us to ride on the Pantani roads

Riders must wear a warm cycling gear and bring a rain jacket. We will check the forcast few days before.

Chilterns, London

Gem Atkinson

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Join me for a relaxed-paced transfer ride, departing central Lononds Marylebone Station to discover the hinterland of Roal Dahl in this beautiful 70 kilometre loop. Explore the enchanted lanes of Buckinghamshire with a small friendly group, with of course a stop for refreshments before returning to Chalfont & Latimer station to embark the shunter back to the big smoke.

Please ensure to arrive in plenty of time to purchase return tickets from Marylebone station to Chalfont & Latimer. Good fully charghed lights are a must and please, do dress for ‘frozen tundra’

Clapton, London

Leon & Russ

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Join us for a spin out into the Essex lanes taking in the viper loop. Approx 3hrs of relatively flat lanes, with a cafe stop at Blackmore tea rooms. tbc on the day depending on the weather.

Please come prepared. Warm clothing, lights, spare inner tube, food and water.

Crystal Palace, London

Beth Hodge

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Off road loop anyone? If your heart lies in the mud then you’ll enjoy this loop out South around some of the back lanes and bridleways towards Biggin Hill, and back up over the green at Bromley Common. With any luck we’ll have a cold snap and a sunny day, but come prepared for muddy faces.  MTB’s and CX welcome, no road bikes. There will be sections of road between the paths, and all welcome, we will be riding at a sociable pace but don’t let the short distance fool you- this will be a good lung opener. We’ll meet at Cadence for a coffee, ride, then head back to cadence where a special lunch will be available to buy. Please note! Cadence have lockers and showers- please bring a padlock if you wish to bring a bag/towel before we have lunch.

Please come dressed appropriately for an off road cold ride, alongside having enough fuel and water, puncture repair items, money and a fully charged mobile phone. Christmas cheer a must. Please note bags/shower facilities at Cadence- bring a padlock if you wish to leave a bag.

Dallas, TX

Bronwen Gregory

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Join us for a scenic Dallas South Loop Ride with some additional sight seeing to get 50 miles in together.
Riders must come prepared for the weather, helmets required and be self sufficient with flat tire fixins’.

Dresden, Germany

Paul Müller

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Join me for a 60 – 70 km ride trough the beautiful landscape around Dresden. There will be a short stop for coffee and cake. We hope to get some snow before ;)

max. 20 participants prepared for a longer, cold ride!

Dulwich Long, London

Justin Haigh

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Join me for spin over the Kent downs. Route will take in the qiuet back lanes of the Knatts Valley down to Ivy Hatch for cream tea before heading back towards London.

Riders must have appropriate gear for the weather conditions and bring lights and ride snacks. There are a number of steep climbs to contend with so be prepared!

Dulwich Short, London

Will Adams

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Join me for a ride through Kent, taking in Cudham climb and looping back along Layhams and back into Dulwich for coffee and cake(s).

Please come prepared. Warm clothing, lights, spare inner tube, food and water.

Los Angeles, CA

Bianca Pettinicchi & Kelton Wright

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Join us for a little climbing and a lot of dirt – road bike friendly. Approximately 40 miles.

 

Riders are suggested to have 25s, 28s, or cross bikes. 23s not recommend. Dirt experience highly recommended. Please bring extra tubes and be sure to dress for conditions.

Paris, France

Silvi de Almeida

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Through Vexin, we will be riding through a classical and amazing part of natural green parc of Paris local towns.

Giro Cafe, Esher

Susannah Osborne

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Join me for a ride along some secret Surrey backroads

Depending on the weather please bring lights a rainjacket and coffee money

Hertfordshire, London

Dominique Gabellini

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Join me for a lovely ride through Hertfordshire and prepare for some rolling hills to keep warm.

Please come prepared. Warm clothing, lights, spare inner tube, food and water.

Kent, CCLDN

Nic & Coralie

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50mile winter spin through the lanes of the Kent/Surrey border, with a coffee and cake stop halfway at the lovely Lamington’s cafe.

Come prepared for winter lanes with appropriate tyres, lights and sustinence

Kobe, Japan

Fuchigami Chiharuko

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Lexington, MA

Jenny Wojewoda

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40-50 miles of scenic and historic roads and trails of Lexington, Concord, and beyond. Cross bike or touring bike (30mm tires or wider) recommended.

 

Please come prepared for the elements and the terrain: helmet, CO2/pump, spare tube, 30mm+ tires, jersey snacks, and drinks for the ride. Check the forecast and dress for whatever mother nature throws at us. Route may be modified due to conditions.

Emmaus, PA

Beth Strickland

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Join us for a 40-mile ride through beautiful PA farmland. The roads are mostly free of cars, but are quite hilly. Coffee and baked goods available at start/finish.

Riders must be self-sufficient and carry extra tube, pump/C02, cash, and food/water. Helmets required. Bring a positive attitude and be prepared for sub-freezing temperatures. Dress for harsh conditions and be prepared for the possibility of snow and icy spots. Riders must be comfortable riding in these temperatures.

Manchester, CCMCR

Carl & Charlotte

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Join us for a winter ride around the Peak district, taking in some of the long gentle ascents and desents. Our braver than the elements ride will be a good test of both endurance and determination when faced with cold winter miles.

Riders must have appropriate gear for conditions, including rain jackets, gloves, booties and fenders if it’s cold and raining

Munich, Germany

Hannah Pickering

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Egal wie das Wetter wird, wir werden am 12.12.15 gemeinsam einfach mal den Elementen trotzen: Braver Than The Elements”” wartet auf euch. Rapha lädt euch ein bei der Münchner Edition des Events teilzunehmen und gemeinsam mit uns eine tolle Zeit zu verbringen.

Je nach Wetter werden wir entsprechend lange oder kurze Strecken für euch auswählen, seid also gespannt. Organisiert euch aber schon mal warme Handschuhe, Jacke und Überschuhe – für Zwischendurch planen wir eine wärmende Pause ein – und freut euch auf das Event!

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Back in a sunnier, warmer time you may have ridden with us for the Women’s 100. Now we’re inviting you to join the Rapha Ambassadors on a ride this winter.
The colder months aren’t a time to hang up your wheels – in fact, winter is the time to build fitness and form, embrace the conditions and show fortitude with your friends.
Join the Rapha Ambassadors for a ride on 12th December. We’ll ride together so that everyone feels safe, confident and comfortable no matter what the elements throw our way.

Braver Than The Elements is not a test of who is fastest and strongest – it’s about bringing women together to enjoy riding through the winter. All riders will receive a Braver than the Elements roundel at the completion of the ride.

Nantwich, Cheshire

Ben Cope

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Join me on a 30mile loop through 3 counties as part of Braver than the Elements ride to keep you cycling this winter. This is a social ride so all welcome.

Please make sure you have a fully working bike, appropriate clothing, lights, helmet and at least one spare innertube. Mudguards optional as the Cheshire lanes can get a bit muddy.

National Cycling Centre, Manchester

Grace Lambert-Smith

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It’s not grim in’t North & we’ll prove it! We’ll ride to W. Yorkshire via Hebden Bridge & Cragg Vale

Appropriate clothing, lights and mudguards required. Tinsel optional but recommended!

New York, NY

Tara Parsons & Alie Giamie

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Join us for a 50 mile starting at Rapha CCNYC and going over the GWB and up River Road to check out the views at the State Line Lookout. Be ready for a challenge as the climb to the lookout is a bit rough. We’ll then continue north to the 9W Market and then return to the Cycle Club for post ride warm drinks and snacks. Pace will be moderate, but fast enough to keep us warm.

 

Riders must come prepared with appropriate clothing (jacket, gloves, booties, hat), a helmet, and a flat kit, cash, and a willingness to take on the elements and have fun! Check the forecast and dress for whatever mother nature throws at us. Route may be modified due to conditions.

Austin, TX

Kelly Krause & Jolene Holland

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Join us for a 40-mile ride around Southeast Austin (Downtown Austin to Buda, TX). We’ll have pre-ride pastries and coffee, at least one donut stop and a post-ride celebration. For those who want a challenge and more miles, stick around for a full century!

 

Riders must have appropriate gear for conditions, including rain jackets, gloves, booties and fenders if it’s cold and raining

Oslo, Norway

Kirsti Ruud & Jonas Stromberg

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50-60 km fra Helfyr – Maridalen – gjennom marka til Sørkedalen – kaffe – hjem til Sørensen (Helsfyr)

Kle dere godt! Ta med mat, slange og punpe + lommepenger. Ruta går på sykkelveier og grus – HUSK piggdekk.

Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Join me for a ride through the beautiful Cotswolds, and enjoy the rolling hills and the stunning countryside

Please wear appropriate clothing for conditions and bring spares for repairs, water and food to consume while riding. Also, bring some cash for a warm drink and snack at the end.

RCC South London

Aleda

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Join me for spin through the Surrey Hills. The route will take in the qiuet back lanes of Surrey, stopping in the historic Shere for a coffee, before climbing through the quiet lanes of Peaslake and taking on the challenge of White Down Lane, before returning back to Esher.

Please come prepared. Warm clothing, lights, spare inner tube, food and water, cash.

San Francisco, CA

Laura Spencer & Pia Scaroni

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Join us for a 50 mile coastal climbing route–the best roads that the Bay Area has to offer. We’ll head out of SF onto Hwy 1 towards Stinson Beach and head back up Mt Tam via Panoramic Hwy.

riders must come prepared with extra tubes, clipless pedals and be self sufficient!

Los Angeles, CA

Bianca Pettinicchi & Kelton Wright

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Join us for a little climbing and a lot of dirt – road bike friendly. Approximately 40 miles.

Riders are suggested to have 25s, 28s, or cross bikes. 23s not recommend. Dirt experience highly recommended. Please bring extra tubes and be sure to dress for conditions.

Birmingham, AL

Kim Cross

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With two epic climbs — one gravel, one with 14% switchbacks — this 70-mile route snakes through the Southernmost folds of the Appalachians, delivering challenging ascents, bucolic valleys, and very little traffic. We’ll convene at the Wildflower Cafe for a celebratory post-ride meal. SAG support throughout.

Helmets, tire-changing kit, and proper cold-weather attire required. SAG will have extra supplies and may carry layers, food, and gear, but may not be accessible to the whole group at every moment. This is not a beginner ride; riders should be comfortable riding in a paceline and have completed at least a 50-mile ride previously.

Spitalfields, CCSPT

Marta

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Join us for a winter ride through the rolling hills of Essex. The ride takes in some of the most pictreresque country lanes and a coffee stop half way.

Please come dressed appropriately, alongside having enough fuel and water, and a fully charged mobile phone.

Vänersborg, Sweden

Johan Björklund

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Join us for a ride to the small west coast town Ljungskile and back over rolling terrain with a coffee stop halfway.

Riders must come prepared with appropriate clothing for the weather, helmet and a flat kit.

Vancouver, BC

Cynthia Young

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You’ll love this 69kms. Being brave is easier with nice scenery and rolling hills to stay warm.

Tis the season for flasks and fenders. And everything else you need to take care of yourself (tubes/tools/etc.).

Victoria Park, London

Neil Phillips

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Cross ride along the canal and through Epping Forest, prepare for mud and getting lost in the forest…

Suitable clothing should be worn, bring cash for before/after, fuel and water, spare inner tube. Cross or mountain bike is a must

Vienna, Austria

Mimi Kathrein

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Join us for a 60 – 70 km ride to Neusiedlersee, Burgenland. One climb included. There will be a coffee and cake stop. And we’ll take a train back to Vienna.

Riders must come prepared with appropriate clothing, a helmet, a flat kit, cash, and food/water for the ride. Only clipless pedals and roadbikes or cx bikes with road tires. Take your OEBB Vorteilscard with you, just in case. And most important: bring smiles!

Windsor, London

Cat Forrest

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Join us for a 40mile ‘flat and fast’ out to Windsor taking in some of the sights of this historic town. Coffee and cake stop in Windsor highly anticipated but tbc on the day depending on conditions

Please come prepared with warm clothing, lights, spares, tools, water and gels

#BraverThanTheElements Instagram Competition

In the run up to and during the ride event on the 12th December, we invite all women to share their winter riding images on Instagram using the hashtag #braverthantheelements

The images that best encapsulate the theme of Braver Than The Elements will be awarded women's winter clothing prizes.

1st Prize

Women’s Classic Softshell Jacket
Classic Winter Tights

2nd Prize

Women’s Winter Jersey
Women’s Winter Hat

3rd Prize

Deep Winter Gloves

The three winning images will be chosen by Rapha and winners will be contacted via social media. The winners will also be announced on Rapha social channels on Monday 14th December. Only images tagged #braverthantheelements between 6th November 2015 and 12th December 2015, will be considered for entry.

Rapha Winter collection