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  1. #MYHOUR

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    “I like the idea of challenging myself and want to motivate people to do the same – so why not get your bike out of the shed and do your own hour?”
    – Sir Bradley Wiggins

    On Sunday 7th June, Sir Bradley Wiggins will make his bid for the UCI hour record at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London. The distance to beat, 52:49km, was set by Australia’s Rohan Dennis in February this year.

    In support of Wiggo’s attempt at the hour record, Rapha and Sir Brad are inviting everyone to ride their own ‘hour’ in the week preceding Wiggins’ attempt, and share the details of your efforts using the hashtag #MYHOUR. This isn’t about speed. Rather, it’s about the cumulative effort of hundreds of thousands of cyclists around the world, demonstrating to Sir Brad that he’s got countless fellow riders pulling for him. There will also be a dedicated Strava challenge, providing another way to record your distance.

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  2. 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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  3. Monumental Panache: Liège–Bastogne–Liège

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    The ‘Old Lady’ of the Classics, Liège–Bastogne–Liège has a parcours ripe for daring exploits with its endless hills and curves. A there-and-back race that has been running since 1892, the often-terrible spring weather in the Ardennes also encourages exciting racing. We look forward to La Doyenne with a look back at some of its greatest victories.

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  4. Rapha Prestige Launceston

    Words: Dustin Adderley | Photography: Beardy McBeard | Date:

    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.

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  1. Verity Copland

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    Born in Sydney, raised in Melbourne and living in London for the last five years, Verity Copland is part of the very talented Product team at Rapha Racing Ltd. An elegant bike rider and natural in front of a camera lens, she kindly invited us into her apartment in Gospel Oak, northwest London, to find out a little more about her, and also photograph some of the latest Women’s City products.

  2. Franc Strazzeri

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    Located at the convergence of the Old River Lea, the ‘Hackney Cut’ and the Hertford Union Canal, Franc Strazzeri and his family reside. Franc is second generation Sicilian, born in Canberra, Australia, but a Londoner for over 18 years.

  3. Nick Offord

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    Bethnal Green is the beating heart of east London. A heart that’s been broken and unbroken many times, it’s an area that contains both contemporary and the contorted faces of the capital’s fashion, art and finance industries.

  4. Oki Tatsuya

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    To call Oki Tatsuya a bicycle messenger doesn’t really do justice to a man who’s been at the heart of Tokyo’s urban bike scene since the end of the nineties. Lee Basford caught up with him late one night in Tokyo.

  5. Sebastian Tarek

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    Sebastian Tarek crafts bespoke shoes that are genuine works of functional art. His workshop and approach to his trade offer a distinct nod towards a bygone era, but prove that time is a precious commodity. We visited his place of work in Arnold Circus, east London.

  6. Convict of the Rope – Mark Twight

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    Mark Twight made his name as a daring and pioneering climber in the 1980s and ‘90s. Part of a new wave of mountaineers who relied on physical fitness and minimal equipment to climb quickly and efficiently, he was part of a movement known as ‘extreme alpinism’.

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