Prestige West Country

Two days of team riding in southwest England

Usually held over one day, Rapha Prestige rides call for teams of four to apply to ride ahead of time – submitting their chosen team names, then preparing themselves for an unsupported and unmarshalled adventure across stunning terrain. But for the UK’s main event, the Prestige West Country received more than 100 team applications, far more than was feasible to host on one day of riding. So rather than reject willing teams to fit the original 30-team limit, the Prestige West Country grew to a two-day affair.

Departing from the inner-city harbour in Bristol towards some of the finest lanes and climbs the West Country has to offer, 60 teams of four either followed the 180km-route provided by Rapha, or put their way-finding skills to the test to shorten the distance to each checkpoint, removing length and height from their ride.

Checkpoints included an unexpected beach stop, where the Rapha Mobile Cycle Club provided coffee, and the region’s most iconic climb – Cheddar Gorge. The long, snaking pass challenged riders at a tough point in the day, with 120km already in the legs.

The return to Bristol took teams through the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, over the Clifton Suspension Bridge and back to the harbour to share tales of the day over beers. But no matter how beautiful the scenery, it was the stories of the teams that made the weekend.

View images from Saturday and Sunday.

Team Finishing Times

From 14:46 to 19:59, teams rolled over the finish line

Saturday

Equipe de Gars – 14:52

Manc missiles – 15:05

No West Country for Old Men – 15:27

Fireflies CC – 15:32

Le Toszers – 15:45

Bristol City Appreciation Society – 15:50

Brexin – 16:05

Wiggle – 16:21

Fit Mums – 16:21

Engineered to Prestige – 16:31

Panthers – 16:33

Bite the Pedal – 16:35

Sunday echappee – 16:40

Las Vegas Sports Team – 16:45

Rebel Randonneurs (Audax Club Bristol) – 17:00

Weasels CC – 17:11

Bidons Belles – 17:17

LMT – 17:26

Turminal Velocity – 17:28

TCA Bristol – 17:31

MCR plant power – 17:38

Lucinators – 17:50

Prestige Roul-Europeans – 17:54

Combine and Cartwheels – 18:00

StephPlum – 18:01

Mediocre South London Based Cycling Club – 18:04

Café riders cc – 18:26

Lanterne rouge ladies – 18:43

Quattro Beard Bros – 18:43

Eastsiderz – 18:50

Team Strive – 19:00

Sunday

A Mixed bag of RCC Nuts – 14:46

Chilterns Choppers – 15:18

East London Velo – 15:20

Purbeck Peloton – 15:22

Headset Press – 16:26

BK Velo – 16:28

Baroudeurs – 16:28

Team Smash – 16:35

Base RC – 16:36

VC Le Copains – 16:41

The Salty Beards – 16:45

LDNites CC – 17:06

Sudbury Cyclesport – 17:08

White Tree Rouleurs – 17:09

Stride – 17:17

Look Mum No Car & Friends – 17:18

Langar CC – 17:23

All the Excuses – 17:27

The Rouleurettes – 17:50

Malmebury Quartet – 18:10

Regazze Toscane – 18:12

Walsh Ride team – 19:52

MMMV 3oo5 – 19:59