Rapha was launched in 2004 with one mission: to create the finest cycling clothing and accessories in the world. Designed without compromise for the most discerning riders, Rapha products use the finest fabrics and components to create apparel and accessories that offer road riders unrivalled levels of performance, comfort and style.
In July 2004, Rapha introduced itself to the world with a month-long exhibition at London’s Old Truman Brewery. Entitled Kings of Pain, it showcased six heroes from cycling’s golden era and beyond: Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Raymond Poulidor, Tom Simpson, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.
These were riders who perfectly captured the glory and suffering – and style – of road racing. Today, they, along with many others continue to prove a source of inspiration. This undimmed passion for the sport means that, today, Rapha is far more than just a product company. In addition to our online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories and publications, the Rapha brand now includes stores, luxury travel, and partnerships with some of the most successful and progressive names in the pro peloton, an endorsement of Rapha’s design philosophy at the highest level of the sport.
Based in key cycling cities around the world, Rapha Cycle Clubs offer an ever- expanding global network of meeting places for like-minded cyclists to come together and celebrate the sport. With a bespoke architectural fit, each Cycle Club is unique, and each is home to a café serving the finest food and coffee, and a retail space for browsing the latest Rapha collections. Ideal for visiting pre- or post-ride, Cycle Clubs also regularly host exhibitions, events, and thoughtfully curated cycling memorabilia.
Delivering once-in-a-lifetime cycling adventures, Rapha Travel offers an extensive itinerary in iconic and spectacular locations around the world. And Rapha Travel’s signature support means that pro-level bikes, mechanics, masseurs and on-road support from our Jaguar XF Sportbrake cars come as standard. Guests also enjoy the very finest accommodation, cuisine and wine, and trips are graded for difficulty, so you can choose the trip that best suits you; be pampered on Rapha Retreat, relish the point-to-point nature of a week-long Rapha Randonnée, or sign up for the ultimate endurance test of the Cent Cols Challenge.
Rapha has been the official kit supplier to Team Sky since 2012. Working with the world’s most progressive team, and with some of the world’s top riders, our relationship with Team Sky allows us to create products based directly on insights from the pro peloton. This, allied to Rapha’s rigorous approach to research and development, means the Rapha Team Sky Pro collection is the most technically advanced kit available. And a complimentary range of replica products ensures that, while Rapha Team Sky apparel is worn with pride on the top step of the podium, it can also be worn with passion by fans at the roadside.
Rapha Cycling Club
An international members’ club of like-minded, passionate road riders, the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) is the first of its kind. A highly active racing club, benefits of membership include exclusive RCC kit and limited edition seasonal products. With chapters based in cycling cities around the world, members also have access to high-end road bikes wherever they travel, and an international cycling concierge service providing key contacts and local insider knowledge.
One of the few cyclists to transcend the sport, Sir Bradley Wiggins is an iconic figure in modern cycling. The most successful British rider of all time, he is also among the most versatile ever, such is his prowess on both track and road. In 2012, he became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, an achievement that would have been considered impossible just a few decades previously. In 2015, Rapha was proud to become the official kit supplier to WIGGINS, Sir Bradley’s UCI Continental-ranked team he launched that same year.