The Rapha Super Cross

Cross-eyed in Munich

Finding perfection in a cyclocross race could be considered similar to searching for a unicorn. There are aspects you can take care of – water jets, cowbells, crazy obstacles and a field near-on 900 strong. But some things are a question of chance, and one of them is the weather.

The third edition of Rapha Super Cross München had catered for most elements but the event in the grounds of Munich’s Olympiapark – host to the 1985 and 1997 UCI Cyclocross World Championships – was still missing something, until it started to drizzle. Within a couple of laps the race, which started in the grounds of the stadium and stretched out through a beautiful lakeside run, turned into a quagmire. The off-camber sections of the fast and technical 2.7km course became muddy slip-n-slides, ejecting riders from their bikes. The foam machine did its best to add to the havoc. The competitors loved it and so did the fans; fuelled by German ale, their cheers grew louder as the afternoon went on.

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The Rapha Super Cross was a weekend event held over the 29th and 30th October and on Sunday morning Rapha held a mass cyclocross ride on the city’s best gravel trails, along the Isar river and the mud paths above FC Bayern Munich’s stadium before returning back to the Olympic park in time to catch the elite level Deutschland Cup races. The sun was out, and the racing hotly contested. Following on from the racers were the fun riders, with the inevitably beer-infused team relay races at dusk a riotous spectacle of mud and colour.

We found the unicorns, of course. They won the best dressed award.


Special thanks to:
RC “Die Schwalben” 1894 München
Olympiapark München
Sportamt München
All partners and supporters