I wish I could be everywhere at once, especially with all these great events approaching in the coming weeks. The Rapha Continental undeniably changed cycling in the USA. As part of their First Thursday Rapha Exhibition series, Rapha will be presenting select pieces from the Continental, as well as a group ride on Friday:
First Thursday Rapha Exhibition – Exploring The Road Less Traveled
The exhibition will feature photographs, films, journals, the riders themselves and their individually handmade steel bicycles.
Thursday June 6th
Nossa Familia Coffee
1319 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209
Lunch Ride With The Rapha Continental
On Friday June 7th, Rapha North America will host a group ride with the riders of The Rapha Continental at 12:30 PM. The ride will depart from and finish at the Rapha North America offices at 1915 NW Kearney Street in Northwest Portland. The ride will be approximately 35 miles and will include Skyline Road, Rock Creek Road and Old Germantown Road. All levels welcome, the ride will take place rain or shine.
See more information below!
About The Rapha Continental
The Rapha Continental is an inspiring online journal of ride films & photography, route maps and cue sheets. The project began in the Portland, Oregon in 2007 as an antidote to the clinical aspects of contemporary road racing. It was conceived as a more creative expression of road riding, with the belief that you don’t need to pin a race number on to experience the pleasure that comes from tough rides. From the start, the Rapha Continental has been about exploring the road less travelled, discovering those things you only find out on the open road with your fellow riders.Six years later, and with rides now being documented in the UK, Japan, Australia, Europe and southeast Asia, the Continental is a global affair but its roots remain deeply sunk into North America. For 2013 we’re convening the full crew in Portland, Oregon to reminisce and to chart the course for years to come. It’s our Continental Congress, so to speak, and we’ll be sharing stories from the road through the photos, films and journals as told by the riders.
Tony Pereira -Portland Framebuilder & Rapha Continental Rider
What is a Continental bike? – The Continental bikes that I built were designed to be comfortable, reasonably lightweight and durable. They are meant to be ridden hard for many miles—much like race bikes, but without sacrificing comfort or durability.
Pierre Vande Borre – Boston , Massachusetts
“The Rapha Continental is about pushing the limits of what you can do on a road bike. Extending the definition that a road bike is only for paved roads.”
Joe Staples – Portland, Oregon
“After a couple of hours of amazing rolling dirt roads a truck came beside us and it’s driver, Jose asked if we were lost and if we needed some water. We weren’t lost but we spent the next hour at his amazing, but humble ranch. We shared a Coke and talked about bears and elk, family and friendship. It was a great day on the bike made perfect by the time we spent off it.”