Festive 500 2016

Rapha exists to honour the sport of road racing. We make the finest cycle clothing and accessories, hold innovative ride events and run a global cycling club, among other exciting projects. In 2010 we laid down a challenge to our customers; ride 500km on the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Since then the Rapha Festive 500 has become a holiday tradition, with thousands of riders around the world taking part. Every finisher earns a complimentary woven badge, and the best story submissions win amazing prizes.

Entries for the Festive 500 2016 are now closed.

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“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

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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 »

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How to take part

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1. Sign up

Join the challenge and start planning your rides.

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2. Ride 500km and document your journey

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

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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

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.
Terms & Conditions »

Buy the kit

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

— Mieke Kröger, CANYON//SRAM cyclist

Get into the festive (500) spirit