Upon the ever-lengthening racing calendar there are certain days circled in red. Days that, should the right result be notched, will come to define careers. The day that the rainbow stripes are at stake – the road world championships – is perhaps the most important for many. The sport has its monuments and Grand Tours, but the winner of the Worlds earns the right to display his or her trophy each time they ride for the next 12 months.
Simply, it is the best kit in the bunch — that of a champion.
Belgians are by far the most dominant nation at the world championships, with 26 wins in the men’s race and 48 medals in total. The Italians have taken more plunder with 55 medals, but have 19 champions. France has earned 34 medals, with eight champions. For the United States, the numbers decrease further still, claiming three gold medals and five medals in total. Despite the national numbers, it’s worth reiterating the American Greg LeMond’s greatness, with two wins and two second places.
For the women, France is the golden nation, with ten wins and the current champion, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot. The Netherlands comes in a close second with nine victories, but lay claim to more total medals, largely on the strength of the greatest female rider of all time, Marianne Vos. Three victories and six silver medals? Sublime.
This September the Worlds are coming to Richmond, Virginia and Rapha will be there to celebrate the championships’ journey out of Europe to North America. From Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th September, the ‘Rapha Village’ will be the perfect place to experience the 2015 Worlds. With the Mobile Cycle Club North America serving the finest coffee, and a dedicated retail area providing a selection of Rapha’s latest products, join Rapha in Richmond, just one block away from the road race course. Located outdoors at 811 West Cary St.