Rapha Cycling Club
All Together Now
The Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) exists to bring cyclists together. Wherever you ride, you won’t be far from other members of our 9,000-strong (and growing) club. And if you visit one of the 20 cities with an RCC chapter - from Mallorca to Manchester, Sydney to Singapore and beyond - you’ll find a whole new group of people to ride with.
Last month, Rapha sought to test this philosophy of ‘global club, local community’ by bringing together seven RCC members from four countries and three continents. Nestled in a wood lodge in New York’s Catskill Mountains, the group bonded over a long weekend of road riding, while testing out the latest club kit – now available online and in-store.
Unfazed by the snow and the wind whistling through the Catskills, the group dropped their bags and set out for an evening “leg loosener”. 50km later, and the ride hotted up after a wrong turn up the aptly named Devil’s Kitchen. If you can’t take the heat…
It was ice cold Americana all the way on Saturday morning. A frosty start saw the group layer up for their loop out to lunch at the fabled Phoenicia Diner. The throwback menu and ‘60s decor was straight out of an old high school TV show. “It was especially entertaining to have an international crew experience this local legend together,” said Karen Yung, a New York local.
Weekend afternoons are for siestas and following a well-deserved snooze, the group quickly hopped back onto their bikes for a sunsetter ride out to the azure-blue Ashokan Reservoir and back – through the darkness.
The weather abated on day three, bringing sunshine to the frozen landscape. The riders woke early to hit sunrise, and the energy shifted up a gear when it was warm enough to take arm and leg warmers off. From then on, the group basked on sunbaked roads all the way into the afternoon, when ice cream and beers marked a glorious end to the trip.