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

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.
 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Martin Thomas [381 posts] 5 years ago
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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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tayzar [17 posts] 5 years ago
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Hats off to anyone trying that one! They better buy some snow tyres..

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cartertx [1 post] 5 years ago
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Thank goodness I live in Texas. Weather is great here.

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Simon_MacMichael [2457 posts] 5 years ago
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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  4

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othello [379 posts] 5 years ago
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I would be expecting the divorce papers by boxing day if I dared take part  1

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titchy [23 posts] 5 years ago
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Don't think I will make 500k on indoor trainer never mind on the road  1

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James Poole [56 posts] 5 years ago
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8 days riding in Spain over Xmas so 500km is definitely on the cards  1 What the hell why not make it 1000km  3

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dave atkinson [6246 posts] 5 years ago
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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  1

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Simon_MacMichael [2457 posts] 5 years ago
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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  1

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)  3

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James Poole [56 posts] 5 years ago
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Sounds like a Rapha catalogue  1 I'll see what I can do!

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vorsprung [282 posts] 5 years ago
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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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Fringe [1047 posts] 5 years ago
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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  4

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dave atkinson [6246 posts] 5 years ago
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some of us did. where were you?

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the turkey sweater'll be back in jan probs. maybe a bit less gruelling than the last one  22

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Fringe [1047 posts] 5 years ago
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dave_atkinson wrote:

some of us did. where were you?

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the turkey sweater'll be back in jan probs. maybe a bit less gruelling than the last one  22

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

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 5 years ago
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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!

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 4 years ago
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I managed a 101 miles yesterday = 163km, can i enter pls?

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 4 years ago
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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  1

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