It’s the festive season, and one thing that means is the Rapha Festive 500 – run in partnership with Strava – is back, challenging you to ride 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
First launched in 2010, Rapha says that tens of thousands of riders around the world now take part in the initiative, which encourages people to get off the sofa and get active at a time many are taking an extended break from work.
What’s more, there’s a woven badge for everyone who successfully completes it, with people encouraged to document their travels to win prizes including a custom-made Moots bike.
The winner of that – for “the submission that best represents the spirit of the Festive 500” – will win travel to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to pick up a Moots Routt or Routt 45 bicycle built to their own specifications.
Other prizes include a spot on the Rapha Travel Randonnée Alps 2017 trip for whoever submits the best film, as well as the opportunity to make the next Rapha Travel film.
And even if you don’t manage to complete the entire 500km, there’s also a prize for the ‘Most Epic Failure’ – a Wahoo bike computer with heart rate monitor, and speed and cadence sensors.
Head here to sign up, and happy riding.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.