Rapha Challenge : La Centième
A select few of our club often fancy riding like Pro’s for a week! Rapha and Strava combined this year to celebrate the 100th edition of the Tour de France. The rapha challenge which starts on Bastille Day and continues throughout the week 14th-21st July.
Rapha challenged Strava riders to climb the combined height, from sea level, of the Peyresourde, Ventoux and Col de Sarenne, all of which featured in this year’s race.
Strava provides an indepth analysis of the Tours cols – “The Peyresourde is one of the giants of the Pyrenees, which featured in the Tour’s first excursion into the bear-infested mountains in 1910, while Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, first appeared in the Tour in 1951, a year before Alpe d’Huez. Together, they’ve been the sites of some of the Tour’s most famous battles. The Col de Sarenne, however, has never been scaled in the Tour. It’s a little known col, 1,999m high, that the pros will climb this year, having first climbed the Alpe. Descending on a road resurfaced especially for them, they will loop back round to the foot of the Alpe to make that climb again.
Just as the pros will have to scale Alpe d’Huez twice, Rapha is challenging riders to scale the Alpe once more, making a total climbing distance of 7,235m (23,737ft), the combined elevations of the Peyresourde, Ventoux, Sarenne and Alpe d’Huez from sea level to top. “
Club Members who completed the challenge, notably Dylan Evans who went to France and did 12,361.5m of climbing in the week!
Paul Chaplin managed 8416m and Kieran Chaplin 7251m on Welsh turf! Well done all!
…and there’s always next year!