Miscellaneous

  1. Sixteen For 2016

    Words: Simon Mottram | Date:

    It’s time once more where, as road riders, we prepare for the approaching season and set goals for the New Year. My goal in 2016 is 50 momentous rides, to celebrate my 50th year. Here at Rapha I encourage all employees to set riding targets, to have one or more things in the crosshairs to help better their riding and racing. Every New Year I also like to look ahead to what Rapha as a company has in its sights; the products we will launch, the events we will host and the places we will travel to. Back in 2008 it was easier, I thought, to compile such a list. I supposed this year it would be much tougher, but it wasn’t. We have some amazing things in store for 2016, from new Cycle Clubs to watching the Tour on Mt. Ventoux. Everyone is, of course, invited to join the ride. From all of us at Rapha, happy New Year and strong riding in 2016.

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  2. The Road Ahead: 2015

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    As 2015 gets rolling we look up the road to see what’s happening this year. 2014 was a momentous time for Rapha; a 10th birthday, a new London headquarters, more original products including the infamous Pantani Jersey, the long-awaited Climber’s Shoes, plus two beautiful new Cycle Clubs in Tokyo and Manchester. And this year looks like being no less momentous with more new products, a wealth of rides, events and plenty of incredible bike racing. Here’s a preview of what to look forward to in 2015.

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  3. Transference

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    Transfers are the ultimate means to an end. They can be ugly and unpleasant and depending on where you are in the world, they can make or break your cycling spirit. Transfers are essential, in the mornings they drop you off by the gates to your new school, a few moments of calm before being besieged by Belgian autograph hunters or wracking nerves. Post race, they force you down into your seat and leave you there, drifting in and out of states of consciousness and discomfort as the miles pass by and the stress of the race finally dissipates.

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  4. The Ironic Curtain

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    I’ve always had a problem with ironic adulation. I personally wanted to look cool because I either looked like I didn’t give a shit, or because I just simply looked cool. In my opinion, ironic fashions try too hard and are a terribly fine line to walk. As such, I have never been one to admire the ‘Euro-Mullet’ that seems, amongst cyclists, to have developed a status well beyond the sum of its parts over the past years.

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  5. Petrichor

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    *WORDS: Max Leonard* ‘Petrichor’ was coined by two Australian researchers writing in the journal Nature in 1964, deriving its meaning from the Greek words petra, ‘stone’, and ichor, the mythical…

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