In 2008, a new kind of organised ride was born. With the aim of bringing out the camaraderie and suffering of road riding, the first Rapha Gentlemen’s Races in North America invited teams to take part in rough-and-ready time trials over long distances, with long days, gravel roads and finding your own way as foundations.
In 2014, the Gentlemen’s Race became Rapha Prestige. No less challenging than its predecessor, the new moniker described a more accessible series of events that stayed true to its roots in gentlemanly behaviour: teams must ride, and finish, these gruelling challenges together.
Word quickly spread about these amateur team events with no timing chips or race numbers, and how they offered something more than what you might get at other mass-participation rides. Each Prestige also provided riders with a cap, musette, and route card, featuring a unique graphic print informed by the area the route passes through – special souvenirs for those that earned them on the challenging rides.
The series grew in popularity, and new far-flung destinations were chosen as hosts for further adventures on roads less travelled. Collected below are highlights from the Prestige rides that took place in 2015: