Travel

  1. In the wheels of the pros

    Words: | Photography: George Marshall | Date:

    A professional cyclist can easily spend up to half the year on the road. In stop-start bursts of check-ins and baggage reclaim, of anonymous hotels and days lost on team buses, the pro lifestyle is a nomadic one. And in between racing, these travelling men and women need a home that guarantees great training routes, reliable weather, and people to go riding with.

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  2. Wind-climbing at Gent-Wevelgem

    Words: Phil Deeker | Photography: Angus Sung (above & bottom), Graham Watson (below) | Date:

    “We are just sails in the wind” said the mighty Eddy Merckx and although Flandrian purists would not count him as one of their own, even they would admit that he should know.

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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. Strade Bianche: L’Eroica Vintage Retreat

    Words: Alex Stieda | Date:

    Alex Stieda, a former professional cyclist from Canada who raced for the 7-Eleven Cycling Team, was the first North American to wear the maillot jaune at the Tour de France, claiming yellow on the second day of the 1986 Tour. Riding the infamous strade bianche, or ‘white roads’, of Tuscany as part of the heritage cycling event L’Eroica has been a dream of his for some time. Here, Alex talks us through his recent experience guest guiding on the L’Eroica Vintage Retreat in Italy with Rapha Travel.

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  5. Rapha Travel: The Numbers Game

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    There is an ongoing argument in the hiking community. It is one of those petty squabbles that has both sides with feet planted, unwilling to budge. On one side of the divide walk the peak-baggers; the number obsessives who try to never hike the same hill twice. On the other side are the purists; those who believe in the romance of the moment, of taking one’s time whilst climbing.

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  6. Rapha Travel: The post-ride repose

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    When is your favourite moment on a ride? Is it those first pedal strokes? Or maybe it’s a hill, or a descent? But how about afterwards? That glorious arrival home and lazy slump onto the sofa, still wearing your lycra. That counts. The enormous plate of food, a guilt-free dessert and an afternoon spent doing whatever you want. Some form of nothingness with eyes glazed, probably. Post-ride is the time you have earned with your previous exertions.

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  7. Rapha Travel: The malleable martyrs

    Words: | Photography: Offside Sports & Jered Gruber | Date:

    The professional rider sleeps soundly. In a few hours he’ll be awake and competing, but for now, he can rest easy. Meanwhile, a man is wiping the weariness out of his eyes, refilling dozens of bidons, preparing food packages and sorting out breakfast. There’s no easing into the day for him. The rider isn’t awake yet, but so much is already being done to ensure that, away from the job of racing, his life is kept as simple as possible. And the man who takes care of all of this for him? The soigneur.

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