Festive 500 2016

Rapha exists to honour the sport of road racing. We make the finest cycle clothing and accessories, hold innovative ride events and run a global cycling club, among other exciting projects. In 2010 we laid down a challenge to our customers; ride 500km on the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Since then the Rapha Festive 500 has become a holiday tradition, with thousands of riders around the world taking part. Every finisher earns a complimentary woven badge, and the best story submissions win amazing prizes.

Entries for the Festive 500 2016 are now closed.


“I was visiting family in New York City and I wanted to see the city by bike. There's nothing like riding through an empty Times Square on Christmas morning.”

— John Braynard, 2014 Grand Prize winner

A Creative Competition

Enter into the spirit of the Festive 500

Document your adventures with photos, films, letters – whichever way you see fit. The best submissions will be considered for a number of top prizes.

The Prizes


Grand Prize

The Spirit of the Festive 500

The submission that best represents the ‘spirit of the Festive 500’ will win a trip to Steamboat Springs in Colorado USA to collect a Moots Routt or Routt 45 bicycle built to your specifications.
Read the Rapha Continental Moots feature »


How to take part


1. Sign up

Join the challenge and start planning your rides.


2. Ride 500km and document your journey

Log the full distance and tell us your stories from the road. #Festive500


3. Submit your story and claim a roundel

Return to this webpage to claim your woven badge and submit your story.

“Knock out a huge chunk on the first day, recover over Christmas, then ride some more. Bourbon bidons also help.”

— Frank van der Sman, Rapha Ambassador

To upload your story or claim your free woven badge, please visit this page from 24th December 2016. Stories can also be sent to: Festive 500, Rapha, 18 Tileyard Road, London, N7 9AH. Submissions must be uploaded or arrive at Rapha's London HQ before 14th January 2017.
Terms & Conditions »

Buy the kit

“Let the Christmas cookies be your fuel for the ride…”

— Mieke Kröger, CANYON//SRAM cyclist

Get into the festive (500) spirit