If you’re looking for motivation to get out on your bike over the festive season, then once again cycling brand Rapha is issuing it’s Festive 500 challenge. Now into its 10th year, and something of a cycling rite of passage, the challenge is simple in concept if rather tougher in reality: ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
That’s eight days, if you’re waiting on Father Christmas for a new calculator. That makes 62.5km per day, although you’re a lot more dedicated than us if you’re going to leave the fireplace and that never-ending plate of mince pies on Christmas Day, so let’s call it seven. That ups your daily riding to 71.5km, but ideally you’ll want to get a couple of 100km days in there, to allow for a couple of shorter efforts as well. We would ordinarily warn against doing the whole thing in one go at this time of year, though our friends at Audax UK have just the event for you if you are that way inclined!
However you tackle it, enjoy it. As Rapha explains: “It is not a mile-chasing thing but rather a journey. It’s about getting out there, enjoying being on your bike and riding with or visiting other people.”
Even Cycling Plus is finally throwing its hat into the ring this year, and you can read how we get on in our March issue out on 22 January 2020.
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