Rapha Festive 500 2016 Logo

Rapha Festive 500 2016 Roundel Opening

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I completed the Rapha Festive 500 again between Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2016. The challenge is to cycle 500km over 8 days during the darkest, bleakest and most social time of the year.

Part of the reward for completing the challenge, other than the massive leg muscles, is a woven roundel patch to commemorate the achievement. This year’s has just come through the post!

Rapha Festive 500 Roundel 2016 Postcard

Not quite as nice a package as two years ago, but the patch itself is just as good. Previously the card it came with was full of facts such as how many riders completed the challenge, which countries they were from and so on. This year it’s just a cartwheeling figure on the figure. Maybe too many people completed it and the cost is starting to climb!

A nice touch this year is a jersey available at an actual reasonable price (unlike the usual ones, jealously griped about here), I bought one, mainly to be able to show off – standard, I’ve had previous for this.

Rapha Festive 500 Roundel 2016

Job done, onto 2017’s challenges!

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3 comments

  1. Congrats again. I liked reading all those stats on the little card. I still have mine and the cloth badge from a few years back. One day I’ll decide what I want to sew it onto! I saw a Festive 500 cycling cap in the Rapha store earlier this year and was quite tempted by that. Pretty stylish piece of kit and not too badly priced.

    1. Thanks! Me too, got to see the huge amounts of Australian cyclists that did it in the sun and warmth compared to us struggling in the cold in the UK. I’m in a similar boat, never quite worked out what to sew them to. Most cycling gear doesn’t take too kindly to being sewn unfortunately.

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