Words: David Evans | Date:
The Rapha Rising Challenge, presented in collaboration with Strava, is back for another year. Running from the 19th to 27th July, we’re inviting riders to tackle an altitude of 8,800m.
For the challenge’s inspiration, we turned to the professional peloton, who will be tackling climbs in the Yorkshire Dales, the Alps and Pyrenees during the greatest race in the world. We’ve combined the elevations from the toughest day in each area, making for the highest Rapha Rising yet.
For those looking to recreate the gradients that the pro peloton will be tackling, Yorkshire’s (recently renamed) Côte de Holme Moss and Côte d’Oxenhope Moor are short and sharp leg-sappers. The Pyrenees provides similarly brutal gradients, but to far higher elevations – the Montée de Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet averages 8.3% for just over 10km. In the Alps riders will find higher peaks, with the Col d’Izoard topping out at 2,360m.
As always, we invite riders to log their progress on Strava, and to share their stories with the hashtag #rapharising. Strava will provide a link to all successful riders to register for a roundel at the end of the challenge.