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It's that time of year - the Rapha Festive 500 is back

Ride 500km between today and New Year's Eve and you could win prizes including a Moots bike...

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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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