Challenge! Rapha Rising: Circle of Death

Now we shouldn’t need excuses to ride, it’s what we love to do right? But, we’ve all been there when another cup of coffee and the Sunday New York Times presents a bit of a roadblock in terms of unearthing the motivation to get out for a ride. Well, during July 15-22, Rapha is providing that motivation for you, with the Rapha Rising: Circle of Death.

The Rapha Circle of Death commemorative jersey. Complete the challenge for a chance to win one.

The Rapha Circle of Death commemorative jersey. Climb the most on July 18th to win one.

Needless to say, we’ve always been a fan of the Rapha Rising riding challenges as they’ve always been a great motivator to get out and turn the pedals. This year, as the Tour de France visits the unyeilding Circle of Death during Stage 16 Rapha is challenging riders to climb the equivalent of all the climbs that make up the famed Circle of Death during July 15-22. Comprised of the Col d'Aubisque (1,709m), Col du Tourmalet (2,114m), Col d'Aspin (1,489m) and Col de Peyresourde (1,569m) it’s a loop of ascents to be reckoned with. All told, Rapha is tasking riders with 6,881 meters of climbing (that’s 22,575 feet for the metric-disinclined) in that eight-day period and recording it on Strava, to keep track of their elevation totals.

Additionally, the rider who climbs the most on July 18th, the day the riders in the Tour actually tackle the Circle of Death, will win a Rapha race bag containing a commemorative Circle of Death Jersey, a pair of Classic Bib Shorts and a pair of Rapha Grand Tour Shoes.

All riders who complete the challenge will receive a Rapha Rising: Circle of Death roundel, as well as a chance to win a limited-edition Trek Madone 6.9.

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