Fancy some riding over Christmas? Rapha launches Festive 500 challenge

Patches for first 100 cyclists who complete 500km, plus one will win Deep Winter Training Bundle

by Simon_MacMichael   December 14, 2010  

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Providing proof, perhaps, that there may after all be a Father Christmas, upmarket cycle clothing brand Rapha is giving away a Deep Winter Training Bundle worth £325 to one lucky cyclist, but there is a catch – you’ll need to prove you’ve put in 500 kilometres over the Festive season to stand a chance of winning it.

That may sound a lot – well, there’s no getting away from it, it is a lot – but it’s only 33km longer than the first ever stage of the Tour de France in 1903, and bringing things more up to date, it’s half the distance that Rapha’s Graeme Raeburn rode in a week this time last year, but besides the prizewinner, the first 100 cyclists to demonstrate that they’ve met the challenge will get a limited edition patch, pictured above.

Called The Rapha Festive 500 – we feel that DJ John Peel, who listed one of his recreations in Who’s Who as cycling, and whose Festive 50 was an annual highlight for many music fans of a certain age, would approve – the task is to ride 500 kilometres between 23rd and 30th December.

The challenge is open to cyclists wherever they are in the world, which will make things a bit easier for our Antipodean cousins, but just think how much more satisfying it would be to have really suffered on roads in the depths of a British winter to win that patch.

As for proving you’ve actually done it, here’s what Rapha has to say: “We want you to submit any kind of hard visual evidence, whether it be photographic, Garmin data uploads, illustrations or divorce papers.”

We reckon that anyone submitting the latter should deserve to win not just the Deep Winter Training Bundle, which includes Rapha’s new Deep Winter Tights, Winter Jersey and Winter Hat, but the brand’s entire range and have a Rapha Condor Sharp team bike thrown in for good measure.

The winner of the prize will be the cyclist who provides “The most visually engaging or inspirational submission,” so get riding and let us know how you get on.

Entries can be made on the Rapha website by posting a link in the comments on this page to where you will be logging the evidence – that could be on a blog, Flickr, Map My Ride or your Facebook page – or you can upload pictures, words and video to Rapha’s Facebook wall or Twitter.

Don’t forget, if you’re putting those kilometres in and getting into three figures on individual rides, that also qualifies you for road.cc’s own Metric Century Challenge.
 

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Cripes - and there was me worrying about squeezing in a single metric century challenge ride this month... For the record: I *won't* be taking part

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posted by Martin Thomas [570 posts]
14th December 2010 - 15:52

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Hats off to anyone trying that one! They better buy some snow tyres..

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posted by tayzar [17 posts]
14th December 2010 - 16:39

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Thank goodness I live in Texas. Weather is great here.

Cheers, Carter @mapmyride

posted by cartertx [1 posts]
14th December 2010 - 16:41

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cartertx wrote:
Thank goodness I live in Texas. Weather is great here.

Heh, the missus is from Texas but she actually loves having the snow and everything in the run-up to Christmas Big Grin

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8111 posts]
14th December 2010 - 17:11

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I would be expecting the divorce papers by boxing day if I dared take part Smile

posted by othello [280 posts]
14th December 2010 - 18:35

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Don't think I will make 500k on indoor trainer never mind on the road Smile

posted by titchy [22 posts]
14th December 2010 - 20:19

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8 days riding in Spain over Xmas so 500km is definitely on the cards Smile What the hell why not make it 1000km Wink

posted by James Poole [56 posts]
15th December 2010 - 12:12

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that's cheating james. if you submit photos as evidence, make sure they're black and white, eh? otherwise it might not look epic enough Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7383 posts]
15th December 2010 - 12:34

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dave_atkinson wrote:
that's cheating james. if you submit photos as evidence, make sure they're black and white, eh? otherwise it might not look epic enough Smile

Black & white, sweeping mountain passes, and huge amounts of pain and suffering on the rider's face to make it truly epic (and make the rest of us feel slightly happier at being stuck here) Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8111 posts]
15th December 2010 - 13:32

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Sounds like a Rapha catalogue Smile I'll see what I can do!

posted by James Poole [56 posts]
15th December 2010 - 14:21

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500km at the speed I go is 20 hours
Can I fit in 20 hours riding that week?
Doubtful

A "normal" week this time of year is 300km but most of that is commuting

Usually over the xmas break I find an opportunity to ride over one or more relatives houses instead of using the car and try and do 100 miles on new years day

For the entire break period of the 23rd to the 3rd of Jan I would guess I will do about 300km or less.

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posted by vorsprung [291 posts]
15th December 2010 - 15:14

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maybe you should do a road.cc version, say 50km on a wet and windy day inbetween xmas and new year down a towpath to a pub and back..... oh no hang on haven't you already done that Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
15th December 2010 - 16:28

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some of us did. where were you?

Smile

the turkey sweater'll be back in jan probs. maybe a bit less gruelling than the last one Plain Face

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7383 posts]
15th December 2010 - 16:59

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dave_atkinson wrote:
some of us did. where were you?

Smile

the turkey sweater'll be back in jan probs. maybe a bit less gruelling than the last one Plain Face

excellent, look forward to it, unless i'm working (again)!

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
15th December 2010 - 18:53

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yeah the turkey sweater, although with a good group of people, wasnt helped by rain, sleet, hail, snow, ice and hunger!

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
15th December 2010 - 18:57

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I managed a 101 miles yesterday = 163km, can i enter pls?

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [193 posts]
27th December 2011 - 4:13

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dave_atkinson wrote:
that's cheating james. if you submit photos as evidence, make sure they're black and white, eh? otherwise it might not look epic enough Smile

They'll need to be grainy as well and all soft focus.

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [193 posts]
27th December 2011 - 4:16

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