Rapha festive 500 – the comp to win a fine feather bike – but I will be in cuba sans bike


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The popular Rapha Festive 500 will be returning soon, the now annual challenge to ride 500km over the Christmas period, and this year there are prizes to be won including a Ricky Feather frame with a unique Rapha Continental paint scheme. That’s enough motivation right there to get you out the front door and battle the elements and tick off the mileage, if it were needed.

The popular Rapha Festive 500 will be returning soon, the now annual challenge to ride 500km over the Christmas period, and this year there are prizes to be won including a Ricky Feather frame with a unique Rapha Continental paint scheme. That’s enough motivation right there to get you out the front door and battle the elements and tick off the mileage, if it were needed.

So miles mean prizes, and there are more, including a load of Rapha clothing, a very fine Race Notes leather-bound book, and the Great Road Climbs book by Graeme Fife. What do you have to do to stand a chance to win one of these prizes we hear you ask? Rapha simply wants to hear your stories as you embark on the challenge, and the best-told stories will stand a chance of winning a prize. There are three categories – Most Inclement, Best Story, Prix de la Combativité, Best Photography, and a Grand Prize for Creativity.

Of course you need to actually ride 500km as well – the idea is that you ride 500km (311 miles) between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and post evidence of your efforts. That’s eight riding days, so you’ll need to average 62.5km (about 39 miles) per day.

This is your chance to get creative. Document your 500km with photos, share them on the internet, print them out and post them to Rapha, scribble illustrations after every ride. Write a poem. Film it, send postcards, anything you want to do to record the Festive 500 is encouraged and welcomed. Remember, it’s meant to be a bit of fun.

You can view the full details of the challenge and all the prizes here http://pages.rapha.cc/festive-500-2014

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There is something about steel : feather cycles


When you breeze the blogs and read the articles or follow the handmade bespoke scene there are a few names you encounter again and again. Feather cycles is one of them – creating bespoke steel beauties like this baby blue beaut . Apart from the crankset pretty much perfect.

here is the Rapha video of the man himself

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