As those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are banishing our winter jerseys to the back of the wardrobe, we thought we’d take the chance to tell the tale of the Rapha Prestige Midwest, which was, by all accounts, a hardy expedition through Wisconsin’s worst wind, rain and terrain.
For those of you hearing about a Prestige for the first time, here’s a quick recap: teams set off at two-minute intervals to cover a course of 120 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing, and each team must cross the line with its full complement of riders in order to count as true ‘finishers’.
Glaciers invaded much of the upper Midwest on multiple occasions, grading and gouging the earth beneath them. For centuries they sat like mother hens, shielding the ground from wind and rain. As they retreated, the upturned sediment and stone, called drift, caulked the gaps and healed the gouges in the land.
Tobie DePauw is Chief of Story at blackriver.cc, founder of Axletree, and local liaison for the Rapha Midwest Prestige. At the time of publication, he had almost fully recovered feeling in his hands.
|Full Route?||Finish Time||Elapsed Time|
|Bespoke p/b Explorateur||7:18||2||Yes||15:39||8:21|
|Bitches of Madison County||7:21||4||No||15:22||8:01|
|Pittsburgh Cycling Collective||7:27||4||Yes||15:21||7:54|
|Stay Rad Adventure Team||7:30||3||No||15:47||8:17|
|Herman Miller (*)||7:36||4||Yes||17:54||10:18|
|The Winsome Turbo-Diesels||7:45||4||Yes||16:12||8:27|
|The Gentlemen’s Grouse &
|Heritage Race Club||7:57||4||Yes||15:56||7:59||Comrade Cycles||8:00||4||Yes||17:17||9:17|
* Lanterne Rouge