THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME
Delivering once-in-a-lifetime cycling adventures, Rapha Travel offers an extensive itinerary in iconic and spectacular locations around the world. And Rapha Travel’s signature support means that pro-level bikes, mechanics, masseurs and on-road support from our Jaguar XF Sportbrake cars come as standard. Guests also enjoy the very finest accommodation, cuisine and wine, and trips are graded for difficulty, so you can choose the trip that best suits you; be pampered on Rapha Retreat, relish the point-to-point nature of a week-long Rapha Randonnée, or sign up for the ultimate endurance test of the Cent Cols Challenge.
Inspired by the classic brevets of Europe, Randonnées are point-to-point rides run over seven days. This season we will be journeying through Europe, the US and Japan. Averaging 130km of mountainous riding per day, our Randonnées are fully supported by soigneurs, mechanics, guides and drivers. Rapha Randonneurs will explore the landscape and culture of their host region, ride challenging terrain and experience the ca- maraderie of these exceptional adventures.
We have chosen some of the world’s most spectacular riding locations for our Rapha Retreats. These are not training camps: discussions of VO2 max tests and lactate thresholds will be left to others. Rather, we focus on riding as hard as your ability allows and immersing yourself in the landscape, with handpicked accommodation, routes crafted by experienced guides, and just the right helping of food, wine and culture.
Cent Cols Challenge
Inspired by the classic routes of the Randonnées Permanentes of the Club des Cent Cols, and tailored for Rapha by Phil Deeker, the Cent Cols Challenge is one of the most demanding rides available and should be approached with appropriate reverence. The Cents Cols Challenge is a major physical feat, and on most days you should expect to spend 8-10 hours in the saddle. With a support caravan, accommodation and meals, we provide everything the riders will need, letting them focus their minds, and legs, on the cols.
Rapha was launched in 2004 with one mission: to create the finest cycling clothing and accessories in the world. Designed without compromise for the most discerning riders, Rapha products use the finest fabrics and components to create apparel and accessories that offer road riders unrivalled levels of performance, comfort and style.
In July 2004, Rapha introduced itself to the world with a month-long exhibition at London’s Old Truman Brewery. Entitled Kings of Pain, it showcased six heroes from cycling’s golden era and beyond: Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Raymond Poulidor, Tom Simpson, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.
These were riders who perfectly captured the glory and suffering – and style – of road racing. Today, they, along with many others continue to prove a source of inspiration. This undimmed passion for the sport means that, today, Rapha is far more than just a product company. In addition to our online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories and publications, the Rapha brand now includes stores, luxury travel, and partnerships with some of the most successful and progressive names in the pro peloton, an endorsement of Rapha’s design philosophy at the highest level of the sport.