The ride of a lifetime
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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, Cantabrico and Corsica, each Challenge combines routes and climbs from the grand tours with lesser-known gems to deliver an incredibly tough but unforgettable experience.
Ultimate custom cycling experience
Rapha Travel’s bespoke departures are tailored to the needs and tastes of riders. Each trip is unique, and so could be a re-imagined classic in one of Europe’s iconic destinations, or a new adventure on unknown roads. On a bespoke trip, riders will experience Rapha Travel’s signature support, including a professional-level mechanic, soigneur and follow car. Off the bike, guests will experience the finest food and accommodation their chosen region has to offer.
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|3rd - 8th June 2015||Bespoke||Quintessentially Foundation + Rapha Alpes-Maritimes Challenge|
|6th - 16th June 2015||Cent Cols Challenge||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo||Cent Cols Challenge Southern Alps|
|14th - 21st June 2015||Randonnée||▲▲▲△ Allegro||Randonnée Massif Central|
|21st - 28th June 2015||Randonnée||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Alps|
|28th Jun - 5th July 2015||Randonnée||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Dolomites|
|5th - 12th July 2015||Bespoke||▲▲▲△ Allegro||Bespoke Randonnée Chianti and Appennines|
|26th Jul - 2nd August 2015||Randonnée||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Pyrenees – Direction Atlantique|
|8th - 18th August 2015||Randonnée||▲▲▲△ Allegro||Randonnée Portland to San Francisco|
|16th - 23rd August 2015||Randonnée||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Dolomites|
|22nd - 29th August 2015||Bespoke||▲▲▲△ Allegro||Le Domestique|
|30th Aug - 6th September 2015||Randonnée||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Alps|
|30th Aug - 9th September 2015||Cent Cols Challenge||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo||Cent Cols Challenge Pyrenees|
|6th - 13th September 2015||Randonnée||▲▲▲△ Allegro||Randonnée+ Japan|
|13th - 20th September 2015||Randonnée||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Pyrenees|
|13th - 18th September 2015||Retreat||▲△△△ Moderato||Rapha Retreat Tuscany|
|14th - 24th September 2015||Cent Cols Challenge||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo||Cent Cols Challenge Cantabrico|
|20th - 25th September 2015||Retreat||▲△△△ Moderato||Rapha Retreat Le Grand Banc|
|27th Sep - 2nd October 2015||Retreat||▲△△△ Moderato||Rapha Retreat Le Grand Banc|
|29th Sep - 9th October 2015||Cent Cols Challenge||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo||Cent Cols Challenge Cevennes|
|2nd - 5th October 2015||Retreat||▲△△△ Moderato||L’Eroica Vintage Retreat|
|4th - 9th October 2015||Retreat||▲△△△ Moderato||Rapha Retreat Le Grand Banc|
|4th - 10th October 2015||Randonnée||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Corsica|
|11th - 18th October 2015||Randonnée||▲▲▲△ Allegro||Randonnée Los Angeles to San Diego|
|11th - 16th October 2015||Retreat||▲△△△ Moderato||Rapha Retreat Le Grand Banc|
Intended for riders seeking leisure, scenery and culture. Expect to move through exquisite landscapes at a comfortable pace. However, every rider embarking on a trip with Rapha Travel should be an experienced road-bike rider and at ease in the saddle for the better part of a morning or afternoon.
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These rides move at a brisk-yet-manageable pace and include more rolling climbs and some mountain passes, providing an active trip without forcing a decent club cyclist out of his or her comfort zone.
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Suited for the avid cyclist, comfortable with climbing for extended periods of time and riding hard on the flats. It’s recommended that riders have maintained sustained training and a fairly high mileage in preparation for one of these trips.
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Reserved for riders with considerable fitness and endurance. These formidable rides feature steep grades and a pace set to challenge any rider mentally and physically. We recommend that someone is capable of receiving the Gold award on a typical Sportive. Those who haven’t put in their time in the saddle will be found out quickly.
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