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And you can sign up for the Festive 500 challenge too

Rapha’s Alpe d'Quiz starts today (4 December) and is three weeks of road racing trivia, with prizes going to a winner each day.

Rapha will award daily prizes from their current autumn/winter range and they’ll give someone a grand prize of a Rapha Race Bag and Grand Tour Shoes Bundle at the end of the three weeks. The Alpe d’Quiz runs until Christmas Eve.

If today’s first one is anything to go by, the questions are pretty easy. Get yourself along to the Rapha website to take part

In other news from Rapha, the Festive 500 challenge will be taking place again over the Christmas holiday season. It has become an established fixture on the cycling calendar now.

The idea is simple, although actually doing it is more difficult. Essentially, Rapha and Strava are challenging you to ride 500km (about 311 miles) between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. That’s a period of eight days so you need to average 62.5km (around 39 miles) a day.

As in previous years, participants must register through Rapha and provide their Strava evidence of completion in order to get a commemorative Festive 500 woven badge.

Alongside the Festive 500, Rapha are running a photo competition for the most creative documentation of the challenge and rider style while doing it. You can enter this via Twitter, Instagram, Strava, Facebook, YouTube, personal blog or postal service. The idea is to be as imaginative as possible.

The winner gets a place on the 2014 Rapha Cent Cols Challenge. Cycle Clubs worldwide will be hosting rides, with details at rapha.cc/cycle-club.

Go to the Rapha website for all the details on the Festive 500.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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pmr [198 posts] 3 years ago
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Cant beat the Festive 500 for solid base training. Riding on Christmas day when you are literally the only one on the road is sublime!

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bfslxo [144 posts] 3 years ago
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hard to base train Christmas day when you told the wife (&kids) you're just nipping out for a spin & and you now somehow have a broken leg & still shocked at how easily the carbon frame disintegrated under one swiftly delivered hammer blow!!  40