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Rapha Randonnées are week-long adventures on two wheels. Challenge yourself in the mountains and refuel with excellent food, culture and company. After several seasons of running Randonnées across the Alps, Pyrenees, and Dolomites, we’re delighted to take our guests to some of our favourite routes in the US and Japan. Our support staff and facilities take care of the details, letting you focus on the ride. At the end of the day, hand your bike over to our mechanic, take a massage and enjoy the evening’s excellent food and festivities.
- Groups of 15 riders
- Unique routes, curated by Rapha riders
- Six to nine nights accommodation
- Discounts on Rapha apparel
- Meticulous planning and logistical support
- Pro-level bike hire (On European departures)
- Ride guides, mechanic and soigneur support
- Massage and laundry
- Single-occupancy accommodation
- Jaguar support cars
|6th - 13th September 2015||▲▲▲△ Allegro||Randonnée+ Japan|
|13th - 20th September 2015||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Pyrenees|
|4th - 10th October 2015||▲▲△△ Allegretto||Randonnée Corsica|
|11th - 18th October 2015||▲▲▲△ Allegro||Randonnée Los Angeles to San Diego|
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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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Why ride a Randonnée?
by Simon Mottram, founder and CEO of Rapha.
Every season, road riders can choose from numerous riding trips: Training camps, cycling tours, the Etape and Gran Fondos, all offering the chance to ride on smooth European tarmac, in great scenery. So why choose a Rapha Randonnée?
The unique appeal of Randonnées is all down to the structure that gives them their name. Unlike most training camps or cycling holidays, the Randonnées are point-to-point adventures where each day presents a new goal, eighty to a hundred miles away. Reaching that goal takes endurance, teamwork and application and each day takes you on new roads, often along the routes of racing history. Reaching your destination each day is certainly satisfying but it’s the rhythm of the Randonnée that makes it most fulfilling.
I have planned and led trips like these for my friends for ten years and the thing I look forward to most is the constant rhythm of the ride, day after day for a week.
The pattern of fuelling, riding, fuelling, arriving, celebrating, sleeping and fuelling again puts all focus on riding and the company of your fellow riders. The stresses and pressures of normal life fade away and priorities are changed for the better. It’s a simple existence and a powerful counterpoint to our sedentary lives.
With the excellent service and support offered on the Rapha Randonnées, you can enjoy this cleansing and uplifting adventure to the full, without worrying about food, accommodation or mechanical problems. The Etape and Gran Fondos are great challenges, but the roads are busy and the ride is over in a day. Training camps are great for fitness, but not for the thrill of pure road riding.
For me, a Randonnée is the best week of the year and I’m already looking forward to joining another Rapha Randonnée.