#Festive500

The Rapha #Festive500 has finished for another year. If you made it to 500 kilometres, we offer our heartiest congratulations. To commemorate your achievement, claim your woven badge below. If you didn't manage the full distance, don't worry, there's always next year. And if you documented your #Festive500 attempt and would like to enter our competition for the grand prizes, you have until 21st January.

“The #Festive500 has changed my life. It sounds corny, but it’s inspired me to be fearless. Before, I was quite timid about riding my bike, but now pretty much nothing fazes me.”

– Ruth Cousins, Overall winner of ‘Spirit of #Festive500’ Awards 2016

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‘Spirit of the #Festive500’ Awards

Each year, we award prizes for your creative submissions that best express the ‘spirit’ of the challenge. Send us films, photos, and stories from the road, and we’ll reward the best.

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1ST PRIZE

Rapha Travel trip and Leica D-Lux camera

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2nd Prize

3T Exploro Team road bike

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3rd Prize

Wahoo Bolt GPS Bundle

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Epic Failure

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Wear the #Festive500

As ever, this year’s design is inspired by festive stamps, with the colours representing the shades of light we see in the sky at this time of year around the world. Cold early starts, balmy summer evenings and the slow burn and rich satisfaction of the eventual reward: 500km, ridden in eight days or less.

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Festive Tales & Tips

“For me it’s not a mile-chasing thing. It’s about getting out there, enjoying being on your bike and riding with or visiting other people.”

– Graeme Raeburn
Festive 500 founder and Rapha product design lead

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Tips to take you all the way


Riding 500km in eight days is a challenge for anyone. Read our advice to improve your chances of completing the distance.

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A challenge by half


Rapha product designer and ‘father of the #Festive500’ Graeme Raeburn had to cycle 1,000km to realise 500km was enough.

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Last year’s award winners


Cast an eye over the wonderful submissions that took home the grand prizes last year, from slideshows to letters and films.

Tips to take you all the way


Riding 500km in eight days is a challenge for anyone. Read our advice to improve your chances of completing the distance.

A challenge by half


Rapha product designer and ‘father of the #Festive500’ Graeme Raeburn had to cycle 1,000km to realise 500km was enough.

Last year’s award winners


Cast an eye over the wonderful submissions that took home the grand prizes last year, from slideshows to letters and films.

“My morale was low, my bank account empty and my body out of shape. I saw the Festive 500 as one last opportunity to do something good for myself.”

– Marko Šajn, Festive 500 finisher last year [Slovenia]

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#Festive500 Checklist


Are you ready to ride the #Festive500? Make sure you’re prepared for the challenge with our final checklist.

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#Festive500: Postcards from the Road


Ahead of this year’s #Festive500, we caught up with last year's winner Ruth Cousins to hear how her year has gone. We left as inspired as ever.

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Real Food Ride Fuel


Lentine Alexis shares two recipes that will put any store-bought energy bar to shame.

#Festive500 Checklist


Are you ready to ride the #Festive500? Make sure you’re prepared for the challenge with our final checklist.

#Festive500: Postcards from the Road


Ahead of this year’s #Festive500, we caught up with last year's winner Ruth Cousins to hear how her year has gone. We left as inspired as ever.

Real Food Ride Fuel


Lentine Alexis shares two recipes that will put any store-bought energy bar to shame.