Ten tips to get you through the Festive 500

Are you ready to ride the Festive 500? Make sure you’re prepared for the challenge with our final checklist.

1. Find a ride

Looking to meet up for a group ride? Visit the Festive 500 rides page to find your nearest outing and where it’s going.

2. Pick up a journey card

Chart your progress on a journey card, which allows you to record mileage achieved on each of the eight days of the Festive 500. Pick up your free journey card at any Rapha Clubhouse.

3. Buy the kit

If you’re going to ride it, wear it. Rapha have produced a special edition Festive 500 jersey and bib shorts and depending on where in the world you will be undertaking the challenge, jerseys are available in either long or short-sleeves.

4. Condition check

Preparation is key to an enjoyable Festive 500. The last thing you want is for a mechanical issue to finish your challenge prematurely or for your legs to seize up under the strain of multiple days in the saddle. Get the bike serviced and make sure it’s in good working order, then take stock of the training you have done.

5. Fuel up

The great thing about riding around the festive period is the abundance of food. It’s a great time to pack your pockets with the contents of the selection boxes you found under the tree and munch away guilt-free to keep you going that extra mile. But do bear in mind that chocolate melts in pockets and mince pies crumble, so wrap it up.

6. Follow the Rapha Strava Club

Follow our new club on Strava for updates during the 8 days.

7. Use the #Festive500 hashtag

Use the hashtag #Festive500 to ensure your fellow riders can find your updates. You can also use this hashtag to follow the progress of other participants.

8. Be inspired

There will come a point when the devil on your shoulder will be telling you to sit in and eat mince pies. That’s when you need some moral support. Take encouragement and advice from previous finishers on how they kept going. Visit our dedicated page.

9. Get the excuses ready

It can be tougher than you think and sometimes, with the best will in the world it’s not going to happen. So tell them you had a puncture, the dog ate your shoe or take inspiration from Rapha’s lead designer Graeme Raeburn and tell them the grease froze solid in your hubs (for him it actually did).

10. Tell us your story

Stories win prizes so make a note of the memorable moments and the amusing episodes of your journey, and document your progress. Or create a film using your smartphone or bike camera. Then submit your account to us.

Merry riding

Now all it takes is to get out there and do it. We wish all participants a merry Christmas and a very happy and enjoyable Festive 500.

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