Rides

  1. Unwrapping the Festive 500 – The winners

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    The Festive 500 isn’t about who rode the furthest, however. At the challenge’s heart is a celebration of the spirit of road riding, of the ups and downs, both figuratively and literally, and of the stories that inevitably arise from hours spent turning the pedals. Thousands of you sent in submissions documenting your attempts and we are pleased to now announce the winners

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  2. Island in the blue

    Words: Harry Dowdney | Photography: Harry Dowdney | Date:

    The sun was shining and the Mediterranean stretched to the horizon as, suddenly, there they were: bullets of black and blue, spiralling up the switchbacks one by one, each rider a minute apart. It was the team’s fabled off-season mountain time trial, taking place before our very eyes. Rumour has it that Colombian climber Sergio Henao had set the fastest time during his final preparations for the Tour Down Under. He’s already shown that form on Stage 3 of the race up Corkscrew Hill.

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  3. The unmatchable ups and downs

    Words: Rasmus Helt Poulsen | Date:

    It’s not possible. 100 mountain passes in 10 days. 200km a day with 5,000m of climbing. Let’s talk over drinks first before deciding anything… Who are the guys riding this? What is driving them? And who comes up with something as crazy as the Cent Cols Challenge (CCC) and makes it into a concept that people sign up for?

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  4. Winter’s stolen hours

    Words: Michael Barry | Date:

    The windows on the bedroom are lined with frost, blue and white crystal patterns becoming brilliant with the moonlight, still shining bright in its final hours. The duvet holds in the warmth, while the room has chilled through the night. The alarm buzzes. It is 5:18 am as I hit it and then reach for my winter shorts. Getting out of bed, then pulling them on, I am committed.

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  5. A champion prize-builder

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    It’s the end of the year, a time for taking stock and making new resolutions. A time, however, when such good intentions are all too easily swept down the back of the sofa with the crumbs of overindulgence. Rapha’s Festive 500 challenge offers an opportunity to avoid a holiday of bloated lethargy by getting out for some on-bike contemplation. The Grand Prize for this year’s Festive 500 is being supplied by a man who knows all about leaving home comforts behind for some time alone, Tom Donhou.

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  6. Top of the tree

    Words: Harry Dowdney | Photography: Boban Trajkovski & John Braynard | Date:

    Cyclists can be a creative bunch. All those hours spent in the saddle and all those beautiful landscapes passing by can prove fertile ground for inspired thinking. Each year Rapha challenges participants of the Festive 500 to document their rides as creatively as possible and each year they outdo themselves. Sifting through the Santa-size sack of submissions, from handwritten journals to pro-grade films, is by far one of the most enjoyable jobs we do.

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  7. Getting into the Festive (500) Spirit

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    It’s a time of year renowned for people travelling long distances and bestowing gifts. And, thanks to the Rapha Festive 500, cyclists have been writing their own Christmas stories. For while it might not seem the wisest idea to ride 500km over the festive season, that hasn’t stopped a real sense of adventure and creativity when it comes to participants documenting their rides.

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  8. Wild and weathered in Waikato

    Words: Emma Bryant | Photography: Amy Taylor | Date:

    Sunshine on skin. It’s an unfamiliar feeling for us Kiwis at the moment after months of being covered by layer upon layer, wrapped and protected against biting winds, ice, rain and whatever else the winter could throw at us.

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  9. Drew Ginn on riding through the night

    Words: | Photography: Andrew Clifforth, Kintaro & Caz Whitehead | Date:

    Drew Ginn is an Australian five-time world champion rower and triple Olympic gold medallist. From 1992 to 2012, rowing consumed Drew’s life as he competed at the highest echelons of the sport. But since rowing at the 2012 London Olympics, Drew has rediscovered his love for cycling – a passion that began while riding BMX bikes as a child, then developed into a competitive racing career on the road at local, state, national and world championship level.

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  10. A Community Classic: The Dirty 130

    Words: Nathan McIntosh | Photography: Beardy McBeard | Date:

    I am not an exceptional cyclist. In fact, I can best be described as an average cyclist. Average in that my motivation for riding centres around fitness, friendship and a desire to be outside. However, given a challenging event on the horizon my motivation shifts in pursuit of a little suffering. I take a certain joy in pushing myself to the point where my body hurts in a way I can sustain.

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