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The French Riviera is a hotbed for professional cyclists. The temperate weather, access to some of Europe’s finest mountain passes and roads, and the riches only a mediterranean lifestyle can…
From the ranches on the western banks of Lake Vänern to the dense and dark forests by the border of Norway; the mountains of Kroppefjäll and Baljåsen to the thousands of small tarns everywhere you go, Dalsland is a vast undiscovered region in the south of Sweden. It is a perfect spot for cyclists searching for rolling hills and endless gravel roads.
Swedish photographer Johan Björklund rode the recent Rapha Prestige Oslo in torrid conditions as preparation for the Bryan Chapman Memorial Audax ride. Covering over 600km across Wales and back in under 40 hours is the goal, Johan will be commandeering the Rapha Instagram account with more gorgeous shots like those above so be sure to follow along this weekend 23-24 May.
Rapha’s Oslo Prestige was ridden in tempestuous conditions this Saturday 16th May, with freezing cold gales and rain blasting the participants throughout. Undeterred, each of the 26 teams of four managed to get members to the finish line of the unsupported and unmarshalled adventure.
As the sun set over Northern Tasmania’s Tamar Valley on Friday 13th March 2015, the Rapha Prestige Launceston began, with riders gathering on the deck of the Barrel Room Restaurant at Velo Wines. Teams huddled together, nervously discussing tactics and tyre/cog selections for the following day’s 170km adventure to the highest point of Tasmania’s only alpine region, the Ben Lomond National Park. Unbeknownst to the riders, just a week prior the summit had unseasonably received its first snow of the year. The brutality of the Tasmanian landscape and climate would be a defining feature of the weekend.
Three-time Olympic Gold Medallist rower Drew Ginn recently participated in The Fleche Opperman ‘The Oppy’, a 24-hour team time trial event held annually by Audax Australia.. Competing with Team Brevet, and wearing Rapha’s long-distance inspired Brevet Jersey and Gilet, the team of five was aiming to help break the 24-hour Audax record commencing from South Australia. The following is his personal account of a day at ‘The Oppy’.
The fifth year of the Festive 500 saw more riders than ever rising to the challenge of riding 500km on the eight days between 24-31 December. Over 8,000 cyclists successfully completed the challenge and claimed their roundels – proof that cycling achievement lies more in the legs than in the pudding. Many pushed their own limits to ride further than they’d ridden before in an eight day period, while others simply took the opportunity of some time away from work to end the year on a cycling high.
The light blasts through the wet air and burns a hole on the black road. The eyes find it and strain to see the lattice of cracks and debris washing up at the edge of light and dark. For the next hour this pinhole of light is all that matters.