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Rapha Continental Movie showcases last year's US rides (+ video)

North London brand's North American 'non-team' goes off the beaten track in search of great riding...

If you’ve spent any time on the Rapha website over the last few years, you’ll probably have seen the North London-based clothing brand’s Rapha Continental project, a series of rides in North America undertaken by cyclists seeking out great riding, typically on quiet, often forgotten roads.

Now, a film – The Rapha Continental Movie – has been released following the ‘non-team’ of riders during 2010, with some epic scenery and great roads on offer as the cyclists head off the beaten track in the quest to push themselves and their bikes to the limit.

This being Rapha, the film is of course beautifully shot, and shots of riding are interspersed with thoughts from the riders involved about the camaraderie of the road and what it means to them to take part in the rides.

As Rapha says, “We didn’t create this style of riding. In fact, we’ve been inspired by hundreds of like-minded cyclists we’ve met on roads all across the country. To a man (or woman), they are riders who have a penchant for gravel, who delight in a local’s tale, and who share our appetite to push the boundaries of distance and ability.”

The Rapha Continental series will continue this year, with more information available in a dedicated section on the Rapha website.

Rapha Continental – The Movie from RAPHA on Vimeo.



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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