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  1. The Trappist Brewery Tour

    Words: Gerben Gerritsen | Photography: Ertzui | Film: Ertzui | Date:

    For cyclists, the Ardennes is a place more commonly associated with bergs than beers, drawing fans and pros alike to its famous roads each year for three of the sport’s classic races. But for four Rapha riders, it was the idea of connecting three monastic breweries using these historic race routes that drew them to Belgium. Here, Gerben Gerritsen shares the story of his Trappist brewery tour.

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  2. Dalsland Runt

    Words: Hagen Bender & Niklas Schelling | Photography: Hagen Bender & Johan Björklund | Date:

    Over three days in May, cyclists from across Europe gathered for the Dalsland Runt – an independent ride through Dalsland, Southern Sweden. Held since 2011, and growing from a group of three friends, the Dalsland Runt embodies the spirit of adventure riding, taking its participants over the remote gravel roads and forested terrain of Sweden’s ‘lake province’. Below, two riders share their accounts of this year’s Runt.

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  3. Rapha Prestige

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    In 2008, a new kind of organised ride was born. With the aim of bringing out the camaraderie and suffering of road riding, the first Rapha Gentlemen’s Races in North America invited teams to take part in rough-and-ready time trials over long distances, with long days, gravel roads and finding your own way as foundations.

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  4. The unmatchable ups and downs II

    Words: Rasmus Helt Poulsen | Photography: Jonny Hines & Jered & Ashley Gruber | Date:

    If you’ve signed up for a Cent Cols Challenge, there is a chance that you were caught up in the moment when you did it. Maybe you were looking at amazing photography in a Rapha book, got carried away on a sunny day in France, or had one glass of wine too many. That might have been what happened to me. Signing up is easy. Following through can be a challenge, especially if you live in the Northern part of Europe like I do, where the weather tends to welcome your training ambitions with a cold wet kiss.

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  5. Rapha Prestige Niseko

    Words: Katya Crema | Photography: Yoichi Watanabe | Date:

    The experience of riding my first Rapha Prestige in Tasmania was enough to make me fall in love with a new kind of cycling adventure. The camaraderie, friendship and landscapes had me hooked. And Niseko was calling.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Tackling the South Tyrol: Rapha Women’s Prestige Dolomites

    Words: Guest Authors | Photography: Sebastian Schels | Date:

    On Saturday 12th September, eighteen teams of four female riders took part in the Rapha Women’s Prestige Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. Not only was it the first women’s Prestige ride in Europe, but it was also a truly international affair too, with participants from ten different countries including Spain, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Austria – several of whom from the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC).

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  13. Rapha 12 Hills Ride

    Words: Karin Tängermark | Photography: Johan Björklund & Henrik Severed | Date:

    On this perfect late-summer’s day, 42 teams of two arrived in Jönköping with one mission: to gather as many of the 12 stamps as possible and return back to the…

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  14. The Ambitious and the Unfortunate

    Words: James Fairbank | Photography: Matt Randall | Date:

    As the racing season evolves so the cast starts to change. Those good and ambitious have moved up, the frantic have burnt themselves out and the unfortunate are dealing with injury. The edges have been taken off individual ambition too: you are rarely the lies you’ve told yourself at the beginning of the year.

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  15. Around the world in 100km

    Words: | Photography: Andy Rogers, Eloy Anzola, Sean Kuo, Ben Cirulis & Adam Weathered | Date:

    On Sunday, 26th July, thousands of cyclists around the world demonstrated their collective spirit by taking part in the Rapha Women’s 100. With 9,000 participants having pledged to ride, and…

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