The latest Rapha news, events and commentary

  1. 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.

    To celebrate this Sunday’s race, Rapha is offering you the chance to win a Pro Team Race Cape, as well as entering into a prize draw for one of Bradley Wiggins’s own World Champion Wool Jerseys, framed. All you have to do to be in with a chance is guess the winning time of the 2015 Liège–Bastogne–Liège here »

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Worth its weight in Gold

    Words: George Tyson | Photography: Offside Sports | Date:

    As the dust settles on the cobbled sectors of north-western Europe, and the bruised and rattled bones are beginning to ease, the professional peloton will turn its head to the upcoming Ardennes Classics – beginning with the 50th edition of the Amstel Gold Race on 19th April 2015.

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    Observations from the city

  1. Verity Copland


    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


    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


    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

    Photography: Lee Basford | Date:

    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

    Photography: George Marshall | Date:

    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


    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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