Staff Picks for 2018

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”

Ernest Hemingway was right – exploring a country on two wheels is by far the best way to do it. Likewise, the Rapha Travel ethos is to discover new places by bike, in style, and for 2018 we’ve prepared another spectacular calendar of trips.

With something for every level of road rider, channel the spirit of the great writer and explore new lands with us in 2018. To entice you, the Rapha Travel guides have chosen the trips they’re most excited about for next year.

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Colombia Randonnée

A point-to-point journey through cycling's most exciting country.

Av. daily distance: 110km
Av. daily elevation: 1,950m
Trip duration: 8 days
Difficulty: ▲▲▲▲▲

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“Colombia. Unknown, unpredictable, simplified and amplified. This journey will take you from Bogotá to Cali over the three mountain ranges of the Cordillera de los Andes: Oriental, Central, Occidental. From jungle to páramos, over the mighty Letras climb and onto the Cafetera region, new cycling adventures await. ¡Vamos! ”

Ben Lieberson, Rapha Travel Guide, UK

Our three planned departures, starting January 2018, are already fully booked, but we are considering adding a fourth. Register your interest to be the first to know.

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COTE D'AZUR ESCAPE (PARIS-NICE)

An early season weekend on the French Riviera with the Race to the Sun.

8th – 11th March
Av. daily distance: 110km
Av. daily elevation: 1,750m
Trip duration: 3 days
Difficulty: ▲▲▲▲

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“The Côte d'Azur is made for riding a bike. This playground combines incredible vistas with testing ascents. Add to that a true taste of the good life with the azure blue mediterranean and watching the best early season race Paris–Nice live, and you can’t go wrong.”

Anton Blackie, Rapha Travel Guide, UK

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GIRONA ESCAPE

Live like a pro for a weekend, cycling the amazing roads of Catalonia.

30th March - 2nd April
Av. daily distance: 90km
Av. daily elevation: 1,850m
Trip duration: 3 days
Difficulty: ▲▲

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“Quiet roads, where drivers obey the 1.5m rule? Check. The chance to ride the old training routes of Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie and Michael Barry? Check. Amazing Catalonian food in a vibrant, historic city? Check. Girona isn’t a cycling mecca by coincidence. Let us show you the best roads, restaurants and gelato in town.”

Jonny Hines, Rapha Travel Guide, UK

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TUSCANY LUCCA ESCAPE

A long-weekend getaway to the pros' hideout in Tuscany.

25th – 28th May
Av. daily distance: 100-130km
Av. daily elevation: 2,000m
Trip duration: 4 days
Difficulty: ▲▲

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“Italy is a soulful and magical country where you can simply be. And Lucca is a precious gem, unknown to most cyclists. The locals foster and appreciate a cycling culture unlike any other. Here, time melts away, and simple things take precedence. It becomes about the moment: pedalling, relationships and uniting over local foods and wines.”

Alison Testroete, Rapha Travel Guide, Italy

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SOUTHERN UTAH RAID

A journey through the unforgettable vistas of the American Southwest.

6th – 12th May
Av. daily distance: 120km
Av. daily elevation: 2,500m
Trip duration: 6 days
Difficulty: ▲▲▲▲▲

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“Visiting the remarkable National Parks of Zion, Bryce and Grand Staircase Escalante – as well as some lesser known routes – makes this trip a standout in terms of scenery and riding. Throw in a few gravel roads and quaint State Parks, and many past guests have rated this trip as one of their favorites. Highlights include staying two nights in the furthest Southern corner of Utah at the renowned Boulder Mountain Lodge, which hosts Hell's Backbone Grill, recently rated the best restaurant in Utah – and we get to dine there twice!”

Brad Sauber, Rapha Travel Guide, USA

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ALPS RANDONNÉE

A trip to the heart of road cycling's sporting history.

10th – 17th June
Av. daily distance: 135km
Av. daily elevation: 3,100m
Trip duration: 7 days
Difficulty: ▲▲▲▲▲

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“For a true sense of how it feels to race as a pro this route is hard to beat. Riders tackle the incredible climbs which feature in the Tour de France year on year. On the third day, after climbing two ‘hors catégorie’ climbs, the ride ends with a summit finish up Alpe d'Huez.”

James Heraty, Rapha Travel Guide, UK

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PROVENCE RETREAT

The perfect blend of riding and relaxation in luxurious Provence.

20th – 25th June
Av. daily distance: 50-120km
Av. daily elevation: 1,500m
Trip duration: 6 days
Difficulty: ▲▲

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“With its incredible rolling landscapes packed with fruit orchards, lavender fields and vineyards, Provence is one of my favourite places to ride. This wild farmland might have become a tourist mecca of late, but we’ll take you away from that to its hidden, beautiful edges.”

Gregory Craig, Rapha Travel Guide, France

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DOLOMITES RANDONNÉE

Take on the legendary mountains of northern Italy, in signature Rapha style.

1st – 8th July
Av. daily distance: 102km
Av. daily elevation: 2,300m
Trip duration: 7 days
Difficulty: ▲▲▲▲▲

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“The Dolomites are a feast for the senses with incredible vistas, food and hospitality in a land where two wheels are respected and honoured. The welcome a cyclist receives in Italy is like nowhere else in the world and the passion for riding is unequalled. It makes for a special experience when combined with these dramatic mountains.”

James Heraty, Rapha Travel Guide, UK

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NORWAY RAID

A rugged, mysterious, magical country.

22nd – 26th July
Av. daily distance: 145km
Av. daily elevation: 2,000m
Trip duration: 5 days
Difficulty: ▲▲▲▲

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“If you want an adventure off the beaten track, let us guide you from Molde to Oslo. We’ll ride past immense fjords, journey along deserted gravel roads, and see reindeer living on the dramatic landscapes. Norway's iconic climbs Dalsnibba and Trollstigen are also on the menu, as is a ‘refreshing’ dip in the fjords at the end of day two.”

Jonny Hines, Rapha Travel Guide, UK

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CORSICA RETREAT

Retreat into the wilderness of an island jewel.

19 - 24 August
Av. daily distance: 80km
Av. daily elevation: 1,500m
Trip duration: 6 days
Difficulty: ▲▲▲

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“A two-part thriller, this is a slightly more active Retreat than our other offerings. Starting in the old capital of Corte, we’ll use the winding trains of the interior to gain access to some of the best riding Europe has to offer. After a transfer ride to Porto Vecchio on the southeastern coast, we’ll enjoy a rest day by hitching a ride on our chartered boat to approach the city of Bonifacio and get lost in its endless narrow streets. A truly inspiring island – so good I spent my honeymoon there.”

Joe Frost, Rapha Travel Soigneur, UK

Book your next cycling trip

Our dedicated team are available to help you find the right trip for you. Please get in touch via travel@rapha.cc or +44 (0)20 7482 9175 if you have any questions.

Please note: more trips will be added in the coming weeks, including the official announcement of the Cent Cols Challenge dates and destinations for 2018.