Pinarello have produced some special Dogma bikes for Rapha Travel, the clothing company’s travel business, that will be available for their customers to ride during events such as the Le Grand Banc.
The frames are painted in a black finish with pink details, naturally, with one particular detail raising an eyebrow. They’ve included Rapha’s slogan, 'glory through suffering', at the top of the seatstays, but not in English – oh no! – in Latin: 'Ex Duris Gloria'.
The bikes, the same Dogmas as the ones Team Sky race, are fitted with Campagnolo Record groupsets and wheels and Fizik saddles, and they're fully maintained and serviced by Rapha Travel’s mechanic. As part of the retreat package you’ll even get a Garmin pre-programmed with the day’s route so all you have to worry about is pedalling the bike.
The retreats are group rides with guides and routes all planned, with full backup from experienced mechanics and soigneurs. This year they’re offering the Le Grand Banc which takes in the tranquil parts of rural Provence.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.