Tomorrow sees the start of the Rapha Festive 500, which challenges you to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – and it’s an initiative we fully support, including through the competition we are running with our friends at Komoot, which you can find out about here. And as in previous years, we’ll be covering people’s efforts on it in the coming days.
But the tweet below that we spotted this morning got us thinking … with the best will in the world, not all of us are up for that challenge, for a variety of reasons – family duties (some of which may take us away from our beloved bikes for a few days), wanting some time off riding whether through over-indulgence or something else, or simply because we can’t be bothered.
I will not be taking part in the Rapha Festive 500. Even though I’m a RCC member and would probably buy a binbag if it said Rapha on it, I find the whole concept nauseating. Just go for a cold, long ride in January and don’t shout about it. I consider the matter closed. Thank you pic.twitter.com/L9D86JbAhj
— Simon P. (@thepuncheur) December 22, 2021
So, we at road.cc are proud to introduce the inaugural Restive Skive Hundred.
The rules are simple. Ride ZERO kilometres from 24-31 December inclusive (granted, that’s hard to prove, so there is a certain amount of trust here), and proudly highlight your lack of effort on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #festiveskivehundred.
Oh, and you have to be someone who actually rides a bike at other times of the year to qualify.
The Rapha Festive 500 rewards the most creative submissions on social media that epitomise the spirit of the challenge with various prizes, and we’ll be doing likewise – there will be pairs of road.cc socks up for grabs for what we consider to be the most slackworthy lack of efforts.
So much the better if you can make your contributions vaguely cycling themed – but bear in mind, you will risk instant disqualification if there is any hint of you actually having ridden a bike over the festive season.
Happy slouching … and to those of you actually doing the Rapha Festive 500, we wish you all the best and will be cheering you on from the sidelines. Well, the sofa, more likely …
Simon joined road.cc 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.