No Average Days
The art of escape on two wheels
There is no such thing as an average day on a Rapha Travel trip, but that’s the point - the places we visit don’t allow for dull moments. As we launch our new trips for 2018, take a look at how your days could unfold if you join us next year.
The promise of peaks
Our trips visit the world’s most stunning ride locations and breakfast each morning with Rapha Travel comes with a new set of mountain views to savour. This is a time to get excited. The cols we climb each day will be some of the most memorable of your life and the route ahead is painstakingly mapped by Rapha’s ride leaders. On a recent trip to the Alps, where these photos were taken, it was the iconic alpine roads of racing lore that motivated the group to bring their best climbing legs to the party. The Galibier, the Telegraphe, and the Alpe were calling.
Ride and shine
As the riders met for morning roll-out on day two in the Alps, they were surprised to notice a little extra shine on their bikes. Our mechanics, such as Nico (pictured above), work tirelessly to ensure that the Rapha Travel Canyon hire bikes and our customers’ own rides feel as smooth as freshly laid tarmac, whatever exertions they’ve been put through the previous day. And it’s the little things that keep the wheels rolling smoothly. The team also wash and refill every bidon overnight, and upload the day’s route onto Garmins for you, among other finishing touches to keep your mind on the road.
Big names and hidden gems
The roads we ride on Rapha Travel trips have all been found and knitted into routes by longtime cyclists who centre their lives around the bicycle. They know that the thrill of bagging a big name col can be just as great as discovering a lesser known climb, and our routes take in both. On the Alps trip, despite conquering the Galibier and Alpe d’Huez, most of the group’s favourite climb was the first day leg-opener, the unheralded Col de l'Échelle (pictured above, right) – a winding road bridging between the mountains of Italy and France.
All you have to do is ride
We want your riding experience to be as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Our guides lead the group on the road, always there to tell a story from past adventures, or encourage those who might be struggling with a kind word or two, and our support vehicles make sure they’re never far away with a bidon hand-up or a bite to eat. They’ll also carry rain capes and your personal Rapha Travel dry bag in case the weather turns. Then, as the day’s end approaches, a car will head on to the hotel to set up a bar with food and energy drinks – or ice cold beers, depending on your preferred method of recovery.
The labours of the road help forge new bonds or renew old ones, and camaraderie is a big part of all Rapha Travel trips. You could come and meet like-minded road riders to share great moments with, or join us with family members. On the Alps trip, there were two sets of brothers and a father and son duo, David and George, who was climbing big mountains for the first time. His efforts earned the personal praise of Dan Craven, the Namibian Olympic cyclist who was sent a video of George wearing the country’s Rapha-made kit and responded in kind with a recorded message for the teenager. It was a special moment, a one-off, but the kind of thing that happens on a Rapha Travel trip. There are no average days here – we promise.
Ride the Alps next year
Randonnée Alps 2018
Join us next summer to ride a mountain range that every road cyclist should experience: the French Alps.