Festive 500 2016

Join our festive tradition and ride 500km on the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. You'll be one of tens of thousands of riders around the world in getting up off the sofa and onto your bike. Document your adventures to win amazing prizes, and every rider that completes the distance will receive a woven badge.

Give your legs the best gift this holiday season. Ride the Rapha Festive 500.


“I was visiting family in New York City and I wanted to see the city by bike. There's nothing like riding through an empty Times Square on Christmas morning.”

— John Braynard, 2014 Grand Prize winner

A Creative Competition

Enter into the spirit of the Festive 500

Document your adventures with photos, films, letters – whichever way you see fit. The best submissions will be considered for a number of top prizes.

The Prizes


Grand Prize

The Spirit of the Festive 500

The submission that best represents the ‘spirit of the Festive 500’ will win a trip to Steamboat Springs in Colorado USA to collect a Moots Routt or Routt 45 bicycle built to your specifications.
Read the Rapha Continental Moots feature »


Best Film

Through the lens, behind your bars.

The best film submission we receive will win a place on the Rapha Travel Randonnée Alps 2017 trip and the chance to make the latest Rapha Travel film.


Most Epic Failure

Your Festive 500 turkey.

Defeated in your quest to ride 500km? The ‘most epic failure’ wins a Wahoo cycling bundle with bike computer, heart rate monitor, and speed and cadence sensors.

To upload your story or claim your free woven badge, please visit this page from 24th December 2016. Stories can also be sent to: Festive 500, Rapha, 18 Tileyard Road, London, N7 9AH. Submissions must be uploaded or arrive at Rapha's London HQ before 14th January 2017.

How to take part


1. Sign up on Strava

Join the challenge on Strava and start planning your rides.


2. Ride 500km and document your journey

Log the full distance and tell us your stories from the road. #Festive500


3. Submit your story and claim a roundel

Return to this webpage to claim your woven badge and submit your story.

“Knock out a huge chunk on the first day, recover over Christmas, then ride some more. Bourbon bidons also help.”

— Frank van der Sman, Rapha Ambassador

Keep up to date

Sign up to receive Festive 500 updates, stories and more.

By signing up, you will start receiving Festive 500 communications, as well as Rapha’s weekly newsletters. You may unsubscribe at any time.

“Let the Christmas cookies be your fuel for the ride…”

— Mieke Kröger, CANYON//SRAM cyclist

Buy the kit

Get into the festive (500) spirit