The latest addition to Rapha’s Continental project, which features long rides through less-travelled parts of the world, is a collaboration with VANDEYK Contemporary Cycles of Stuttgart, Germany.
Arendt van Deyk’s bike for Rapha Continental is TIG-welded by hand from Columbus XCr stainless steel tubing. It’s a custom one-off so Van Deyk isn’t putting a price on it, but his frames in the material start at €6,950.
“With Rapha Continental working with the finest framebuilders around the world, VANDEYK was excited to built a bike for the fleet of the programme,” says Arendt.
“To handle the wide range of terrain that the Continental riders encounter, the handbuilt Columbus XCr stainless steel frame features added tyre clearance, longer seat stays and disc brakes.
“The code design on the seatstays and fork blades translates as ‘Continental’.”
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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
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The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.