Rapha Festive 500

by Raleigh   December 26, 2012  

If you haven't started yet, well...

Anyway, I'm doing it, and I know that "pirnie" and "Squiggle" are doing it on here as well.

500km between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

If you want, you can go "Rapha" about it and make a film or poem or something. On the last day, I'm planning to go out with a couple of mates and a Fiat Doblo to make a movie. It's going to be a spoof of the Continental: Assynt one, with the guy reading the shipping forecast.

So... yeah. I'm 40% complete, which is a little bit in front of where I should be, having done a metric today.

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Would like to hear from everyone who is doing it.

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Out today on the club ride which gave me a metric century as well. Though I think that the head wind up Cragg Vale should count for more.... 40% done as well.

posted by nappe [40 posts]
26th December 2012 - 18:02

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I had a filth of a headwind today. [And yesterday and the day before Sick ]

I was planning on entering for the worst weather prize, as there have been consistent 40kt southerlies all week, and according to windguru, there will be for the rest of the challenge period. But then, Wind doesn't film very well does it.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
26th December 2012 - 18:31

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Oh, and well done on your first post.

Its addictive. Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
26th December 2012 - 18:32

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I'm 1/3 done but it's been windy and cold everyday.20 miles out today and punctured had to ride home with 50psi tops in my back tyre it felt like riding in mud.Let's hope the rain holds off.Not one person stopped and offered to help. Angry

big mick

posted by big mick [176 posts]
26th December 2012 - 19:14

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How many people did you see out today?

I only saw walkers and joggers, including two middle aged men in Movistar Jerseys!

I shouted: Hey Alejandro!

But they didn't get it.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
26th December 2012 - 19:22

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LOL shouting at Movistar's MAMIL division! I'm up to 180Km so 7.5 behind schedule. I meant to do a 3 hour ride today but I was done in after 2. Not enough Christmas pudding maybe.

Sq

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
26th December 2012 - 23:36

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52% done today in more filthy conditions, not only wind today, but lashing rain Sad

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
27th December 2012 - 17:15

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65% done.

FILTHY headwind. Sick

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
28th December 2012 - 16:26

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Given in to the wind today.

Getting a lift to a town south of wher I am and going to ride the tailwind up to Walberswick to meet for lunch.

Frankly, Ive had enough of #5, had completely crap weather all through this challenge.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
29th December 2012 - 9:59

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Been to Sainsburys today, on 1.25%. Not sure I'll make it, just two days to go. Come on Sir Velo!


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posted by bikeboy76 [1241 posts]
29th December 2012 - 14:52

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78% done, 110km left! Big Grin

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
29th December 2012 - 16:08

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Great work Raleigh! Sadly looks like I'm not going to make it. A combination of bad weather family commitments and heavy legs (excuses excuses) Oh well...

posted by pirnie [184 posts]
29th December 2012 - 16:56

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75% done, but it was horribly wet and windy today. Club ride ride tomorrow will add at least another 100k so I should easily(!) complete this, but the weather has made it quite a challenge. As a bonus, my new Altura jacket has kept me dry...thank God for Xmas presents Big Grin

posted by nappe [40 posts]
29th December 2012 - 17:44

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The weather has been the biggest challenge. Today's wind assisted ride wasn't so bad though.

Held a very popular East Suffolk KoM for about an hour before my friend stole it Plain Face

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
29th December 2012 - 19:34

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Giving this a go. 150km left after 135km on Christmas Ever and a 215km ride today and from London to Worthing and back. The ride out in a strong southerly was horrible. And the wind seemed to have swung a little to the west on the way back so didn't seem to help much for the return. Oh well, 100km tomorrow if the legs can stand it...

posted by thebongolian [37 posts]
29th December 2012 - 21:26

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Enjoy. Devil

Will do around 70 tomorrow to leave very little for the last day,

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
29th December 2012 - 21:35

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FFS!!!! AAARRRRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!! At Wits End

80Kms today but Strava didn't accept the file so I still have 190Km to go!

Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry

I've sent the file to Strava support to see if they can do anything. Not sure I want to ride 580Km in a week in December but I might do it anyway just out of spite!

Sq

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
30th December 2012 - 0:19

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Oooooooooooh on second thoughts this might work out nicely. I'm only 219Km shy of 10,000Km for the year.

That's a very tempting target! Thinking

Sq

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
30th December 2012 - 1:38

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Joined in but thought it was from xmas dat not eve. Did 100kms on eve without strava! Surprise

Have 350kms left... oh dear. Though 10C and no rain forecast for monday, so fingers crossed.

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posted by koko56 [319 posts]
30th December 2012 - 4:47

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Waiting for the sun to come up...

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
30th December 2012 - 8:46

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So much for 70km. Could only take out 57.

Wind is not my friend.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
30th December 2012 - 13:24

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46km to go after 103km today. Legs surprisingly OK after yesterday's long ride.

posted by thebongolian [37 posts]
30th December 2012 - 15:24

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Done! Managed 120km today, almost all of it into a headwind, I swear the wind changed direction. Quite pleased with myself as the weather has been awful. Next stop, 1000 miles in January and then some work on actually going fast again. I'll be glad when I can put the winter bike away...

posted by nappe [40 posts]
30th December 2012 - 17:47

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YAY!

107% complete

Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
31st December 2012 - 16:29

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Well done!

I also managed the 500km with 6 rides over the 8 days and am looking forward to receiving my badge from Rapha Nerd

I doubt if my blog write up is worthy of any mention or a prize but you never know - www.bedscyclist.blogspot.com

posted by Old Cranky [276 posts]
3rd January 2013 - 9:50

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I put this as one of my stories.

Worth a shot. Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
3rd January 2013 - 18:37

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