Throughout this year’s Tour de France, Rapha celebrated the courage the professional peloton found within themselves to race for 21 days over more than 3,000km. We called out the moments of tension, sacrifice, risk-taking and survival the riders produced, and invited fans of the sport to share how the theme of ‘courage’ translated to their everyday rides.
On Thursday 6th August, the Rapha Cycle Club Manchester played host to a special event marking the opening night of ‘Tour du Courage’ – an exhibition of professional photography staged under the banner of Rapha’s ‘Courage, Cyclistes!’ campaign.
The final selection of 21 images was chosen by the World Photography Organisation (WPO) from more than 500 shots, and formed the backdrop to a fascinating panel discussion around the theme of courage.
Hosted by journalist and author Richard Moore, a prestigious guest panel including Rod Ellingworth, head of performance operations at Team Sky, and Dr Richard Usher, head of medical practice at Team Sky, spoke exclusively about their experiences at this year’s Tour and the characteristics that define the best cyclists in the world.
From the selfless sacrifices made by riders every day in support of their captains, to the daunting task of simply making it through the Tour, the launch of ‘Tour du Courage’ provided a compelling insight into the grit and determination displayed.
You can listen to an exclusive recording of the evening via The Cycling Podcast here.
To learn more about two of the World Photography Organisation’s favourite choices for the Tour du Courage’ exhibition, click here.
The exhibition continues at the Rapha Cycle Club Manchester until early-September.