The ride of a lifetime
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“To discover that preconceived notions about one’s physical limits are mere perceptions that can be banished by unexpected achievement is an extremely liberating experience. This is the real raison d’être of these events. I wanted to create an event that could provide a space for riders to experience the real ‘soul’ of cycling.” Philip Deeker
|15 Sep 2014||25 Sep 2014||Cent Cols Challenge||Cent Cols Challenge Pyrenees|
|28 Sep 2014||5 Oct 2014||Randonnée||Randonnée Pyrenees|
Classic routes and inspiring journeys
Inspired by the classic brevets of Europe, Randonnées are point-to-point rides run over seven days. This season we will be journeying through Europe, the US and Japan. Averaging 130km of mountainous riding per day, our Randonnées are fully supported by soigneurs, mechanics, guides and drivers. Rapha Randonneurs will explore the landscape and culture of their host region, ride challenging terrain and experience the ca- maraderie of these exceptional adventures.
Unpack, ride, escape
We have chosen some of the world’s most spectacular riding locations for our Rapha Retreats. These are not training camps: discussions of VO2 max tests and lactate thresholds will be left to others. Rather, we focus on riding as hard as your ability allows and immersing yourself in the landscape, with handpicked accommodation, routes crafted by experienced guides, and just the right helping of food, wine and culture.
100 cols in 10 days
Created and run in association with endurance rider Phil Deeker, the Cent Cols Challenge sees riders average 200km daily, with approximately 4,500m of climbing each day. Held variously in the Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Corsica, each Challenge combines routes and climbs from the grand tours with lesser-known gems to deliver an incredibly tough but unforgettable experience.
Not just another cycling team
Cycling is famed for the proximity between the fans and the stars and the Rapha Travel & Team Sky packages will bring our guests even closer to life in the World Tour. Each package is unique, and is guaranteed to be a singular mix of riding, behind-the-scenes access to Team Sky and its operations, and the chance to learn from their expertise and resources. Choose between our Race Access Tours and Training Retreats, both offering a whole new perspective on the professional peloton.