The Rapha Prestige Midwest: Humidity Reigns
Words and photos by Kevin Scott Batchelor
The last time I got the call to cover a Rapha Prestige event, I found myself wondering how any of the teams were going to handle the brutal course that had awaited them. More than 130 miles with 14,000 feet of climbing, on mixed terrain, with dizzying temperatures, sounded much more like a stage in the Vuelta than something my friends might ride. LA was a monster, complete with jagged teeth and scorching breath. With only a fraction of the teams finishing what was surely the hardest ride of their riding lives, this would be the last of the pro tour level parcours, right? (more…)
Bobby, this came out good. Real good! Follow @klctvefusion on Instagram for updates.
If you’ve been considering riding the Women’s 100, now’s your chance. This weekend, thousands upon thousands of female cyclists will take to the streets in cities around the world and ride 100km. In Austin, the ride meets up at Mellow Johnny’s at 7am on Sunday. Be there for a chill pace and over 100 other ladies. To find out what’s happening in your city, head over to Rapha.
I love it when Rapha does small projects like this. Especially when they’re made either in the UK or in the case of sunglasses, Italy. Mazzucchelli 1849 and Carl Zeiss Vision have created sunglasses for the luxury cycling brand and you know what? They look damn good. Check out more details below and see the full collection at Rapha.
Here’s an interesting concept from Rapha:
“Rapha asked some of its riders to ride from sunrise to sunset across the reaches of the world, from France to the United States to Japan. One film crew flew from point to point to document the rides and learned that no matter where a long ride takes place there are common elements that unite.”
From the looks of this trailer, one of those common elements are insane landscapes. I can’t wait to see the full-length.
You’ll have to excuse the dump of videos and photos for the Hour Record. I’ve been away from the internet for a few days…
Rapha is calling to women around the globe to ride, alone or together. Head over to Rapha to read about how you can join in and I must say, the Womens collection is looking great.
This looks amazing!
“As the sun set over Northern Tasmania’s Tamar Valley on Friday 13th March 2015, the Rapha Prestige Launceston began, with riders gathering on the deck of the Barrel Room Restaurant at Velo Wines. Teams huddled together, nervously discussing tactics and tyre/cog selections for the following day’s 170km adventure to the highest point of Tasmania’s only alpine region, the Ben Lomond National Park. Unbeknownst to the riders, just a week prior the summit had unseasonably received its first snow of the year. The brutality of the Tasmanian landscape and climate would be a defining feature of the weekend.”
Not that I needed another reason to go ride in Tasmania.
Next week I’ll be embarking on a trip with Speedvagen as we cruise the Cali coast, stopping at key spots and fitting customers for the 2015 Speedvagen Fit Tour. Which, I might add, still has a few spots open. Sign up for a Speedvagen Fit today.
Even if you’re not going to get fit by Sacha, you can come hang in SF on May 2nd and Los Angeles on May 5th at a few choice locations. Our host shops are the Rapha Cycles Club in SF, Mission Workshop’s Valencia store and Golden Saddle Cyclery in Silverlake. There will be group rides leaving from these shops, with special parties at night. Come check out some Speedvagens and artwork from Chris McNally on display.
Check out the full details below.
While I was in the throughs of NAHBS and the Rouge Roubaix, this one slipped past me. See more at Rapha.