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A monumental trip to ride the routes of six Spring Classics in seven days. Tackle the Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège – some of the most historic events in cycling, where the legends of cycling’s true northern hard men are made. Dust, cobbles, punchy climbs, deep forests, wind and rain – these races have everything. And, though this Cent Cols Challenge doesn’t feature the endless climbs of the mountains, it will put even the toughest riders to the…
The glorious southern Alps mix classic heavyweight climbs with tiny, undiscovered roads. The Italian side, in particular, will leave a strong impression, and be a trip into the unknown even for experienced Alps veterans. Three days at a lovely hotel near Mont Ventoux provide the event's pivotal stage. Do not be misled by the apparent lack of big climbs: with 10 2, 000m-plus cols in stages 7 to 9, the latter part of the trip will send you off on a high.
The Stelvio cuts jaggedly into the slopes of the Eastern Alps, a true behemoth of Italian cycling. The ‘Queen of the Alps’ is the second highest paved Alpine pass, and has been the scene of many iconic climbing duels at the Giro d’Italia. Riding its dramatic hairpin bends is an immensely inspiring and historically enriching experience for any road cyclist, and we invite you to join us and conquer the mountain.
Classic routes and inspiring journeys
Inspired by the classic brevets of Europe, Randonnées are point-to-point rides run over seven days. This season we will be journeying through Europe, the US and Japan. Averaging 130km of mountainous riding per day, our Randonnées are fully supported by soigneurs, mechanics, guides and drivers. Rapha Randonneurs will explore the landscape and culture of their host region, ride challenging terrain and experience the ca- maraderie of these exceptional adventures.
Unpack, ride, escape
We have chosen some of the world’s most spectacular riding locations for our Rapha Retreats. These are not training camps: discussions of VO2 max tests and lactate thresholds will be left to others. Rather, we focus on riding as hard as your ability allows and immersing yourself in the landscape, with handpicked accommodation, routes crafted by experienced guides, and just the right helping of food, wine and culture.
100 cols in 10 days
Created and run in association with endurance rider Phil Deeker, the Cent Cols Challenge sees riders average 200km daily, with approximately 4,500m of climbing each day. Held variously in the Alps, Pyrenees, Cantabrico and Corsica, each Challenge combines routes and climbs from the grand tours with lesser-known gems to deliver an incredibly tough but unforgettable experience.
Ultimate custom cycling experience
Rapha Travel’s bespoke departures are tailored to the needs and tastes of riders. Each trip is unique, and so could be a re-imagined classic in one of Europe’s iconic destinations, or a new adventure on unknown roads. On a bespoke trip, riders will experience Rapha Travel’s signature support, including a professional-level mechanic, soigneur and follow car. Off the bike, guests will experience the finest food and accommodation their chosen region has to offer.
Discover the exciting range of trip types and departures available in 2016 with our new Rapha Travel brochure.