Category Archives: Rapha
Rapha’s Bordeaux-Paris 2013 Challenge Auction
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In a huge push to raise money for Ambitious about Autism, Rapha is auctioning off 41 products, during their Bordeaux-Paris 2013 challenge, ranging from signed Ben Ingham photos, to a 1986 Tour de France white jersey from Andy Hampsten, various Oakley products, two days at a Majorca training camp with Team Sky, various bikes and other rarities from cycling’s history.

See more at Rapha!

Sep 15, 2013 Comments are OFF
Firefly Bicycles: Rapha Continental Road
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In the spirit of the Rapha Continental, the guys at Firefly have added their ‘glow’ to the list of builders who’ve contributed black bikes with a pink letter. Personally, I love that the guys use SRAM Force on most of the Continental machines. It’s like they’re meant to be ridden hard, on gravel and whatever else might be thrown in the rider’s path. Check out more photos at the Firefly Flickr!

Sep 14, 2013 10 comments
The Rapha Continental: 2013 Pacific Northwest

Over the years, some of these guys have become good friends of mine and I’ve enjoyed watching their lives change in the time that the Rapha Continental has been around. Since its inception, the Continental not only influenced the lives of the members, but undoubtably cycling as a whole.

Watching this video from the 2013 Pacific Northwest Rapha Continental ride, all I can think about is doing something similar with a group of close friends. The PNW really is gorgeous.

See more incredible photos at the Rapha Flickr and read Jeremy Dunn’s thoughts on the ride at Rapha.

Aug 9, 2013 6 comments
Rapha Rising 2013 Infographic

Rapha‘s Strava challenges are always a lot of fun. Ever look to see what the competitors are riding? Personally, I always enjoy clicking on the leader’s stats and seeing where they rode and what kind of elevation they can hit on their home turf. For the Rapha Rising 2013, people came out of the woodwork:

“30,841 riders worldwide took to the hills and mountain roads as part of the eight-day Rapha Rising Challenge. The challenge, in conjunction with Strava, was to climb the combined height of the Alpe d’Huez, Peyresourde, Ventoux and Col de Sarenne. A total of 7, 235m was the target but, of course, many went above and beyond that figure.”

Aug 1, 2013 8 comments
Salute

Cycling truly is, not just another sport.

Jul 24, 2013 Comments are OFF
Rapha Women’s 100 In Numbers
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I am very stoked on the Women’s 100 event that Rapha organized. Here’s the break-down on this successful event:

Sunday 7th July was a big day in road cycling: the Tour was in the Pyrenees where Team Sky’s Christopher Froome was defending the yellow jersey for the first time. Simultaneously, thousands of women cyclists were riding their own ‘big loop’, participating in something called the Women’s 100. Rapha’s idea was to encourage as many female riders as possible to go out and bag 100 kilometres on the same day as the Etape du Tour, where a merry band of women cyclists, some new to the sport and some experienced, would ride the 130km from Annecy to Mt. Semnoz.

It was a roaring success and a great day for riders worldwide. We’d like to congratulate all the people involved, particularly those who had never achieved that distance before and the people who organized the rides, chapeau. And our message now is a simple one: keep on riding.

Additional photos can be found in the Stories section of rapha.cc 

Reports from rides across North America can be found on the Rapha blog here.”

Check out a few more infographics below.

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Jul 21, 2013 Comments are OFF
Cali is Not California™ – Los Angeles Ride with Geoff McFetridge
Recent Roll: Los Angeles Ride with Geoff McFetridge

At a glance, Los Angeles might not feel very bike-friendly, but scratch the surface like a lottery ticket to find an intertwined network of very open, majestic roads, many within the city itself. If you don’t have time for Dirt Mulholland, or the Angeles National Forest, Griffith Park and the famous Observatory will do just fine, especially if you start your ride out at the Trails for a coffee and pastry.

This particular morning, a solid group of people gathered to ride with LA-based artist and creator of the fabled Mudfoot racing team, Geoff McFetridge. No one was half-wheeling, no personal records were set, we all just chatted as we climbed Griffith Park and took a quick loop through “La La Land”. The ride ended at Geoff’s studio where we were given insight into his daily operations…

See more in the Gallery but first…

During the Tour of California, Rapha North America and PiNP got together once again for a series of stories from the road. Under the guise Cali is Not California™, I took photos and Jeremy Dunn of Rapha North America told the tales, all relating to the thing we love: riding bikes with friends.

See more on this afternoon at Rapha’s blog, including Geoff’s illustration for the La Centieme Poster Collection at the Cycle Club SF.

Tools of the trade:
Yashica T4
Fuji Pro400H

Previously:
Recent Roll: Cali is Not California™

Jun 27, 2013 10 comments