Whatever your opinion of Rapha (and nearly everyone has one), it's hard to argue that the Festive 500 is not a good thing. Riding your bike more is generally considered to be a good thing, so joining a world wide challenge to help you ride your bike more can only add to that good thing.
But what is the Rapha Festive 500? Now in it's 10th year, the #festive500 (you have to use a hashtag every time you type it, it's the law) is a Strava challenge to ride 500km in 8 days. Sounds pretty ok, right? 62.5km per day doesn't sound bad, what's the big deal? Well, those 8 days happen to fall in between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve!
Not so easy now, is it? Can you get out to do 62.5km on Christmas day? By the way, turbo rides or indoor training does absolutely NOT count. All kms have to be ridden outside in the glorious December weather. So the 25th Dec might be out, so that's 71.2km... and what about NYE? It starts to get tough pretty quickly.
However it can be done! Click Here to read our top tips on how to complete the Rapha Festive 500. For now, just click the link below for how to sign up to the Strava challenge and read on for some more information.
Festive 500 Strava Challenge - Enter Here
There are prizes
Oh yeah! You didn't think this was just about pride and self satisfaction, did you? The 'spirit of Festive 500' awards are given out for anyone who doesn't just complete the challenge, but does so in an interesting/fun/sexy/how quickly can this go viral kind of a way. If you want to win one of the great prizes, you gotta think big (and also #festive500 all over your social media for a week!)
We're giving away an achievable prize!
Every club member who completes the Festive 500 will win a pair of club socks. That's it. You don't have to upload a video*, create a 'meme' or download TikTok (Does anyone know what this actually is?!). Just complete the challenge, and you'll get all the socks you can shake a stick at!
It's much, much easier with friends
No surprises this is one of our top tips (the top tip, actually), but it's so so true. Accountability is a big thing when it comes to a challenge. Who is relying on me to finish this? Am I letting anyone else down? Riding with a group, or even just a friend or two, will greatly increase your chances to success.
So join a London group ride. We've got plenty of rides going out over the period, with even more being posted daily in our Members Only Forum. Log in now to join the fun.
Put it on Strava
The old mantra really does apply here. The satisfying feeling of seeing your weekly KM count on Strava click over 500km is a joy, but it's even better when it happens at Christmas. So join the Strava challenge to make sure you get extra kudos for your effort.
So there you have it. The Festive 500 really isn't that complicated. It's riding 500km in 8 days. If you get it right, it can be really fun and a very satisfying challenge. So sign up, get those winter gloves on, and get out there!
*Whilst you don't have to upload anything to social media if you don't want to, we'd love you to tag us in your posts and stories (@dirtywknd) so we can shout about your achievements.