Apply to Rapha Prestige Massif Central
Rapha, the famous British brand of high-end cycling apparels, organizes a ride series called Prestige. The first French edition will take place in Auvergne, Massif Central, just next to the Victoire Cycles workshop. Indeed, it will start from the historical place of the Plateau de Gergovie. We are very happy to have been involved in the design of the route, to offer you the best of our local roads. The first edition of Rapha Prestige Massif Central will take place on the Saturday 24th of September, find all the details below.
An introduction to the Rapha Prestige
The Rapha Prestige is not a race; it’s an unsupported, unsanctioned, and un-marshalled ride across stunning terrain. The rules are simple. The course is tough. Team members must start, ride and finish together. Please find more information on Rapha website .
Prepare for approximately 170km and rolling terrain. Expect to be on the bike for between 8-10 hours. We seek out the roads less travelled, aiming to be quite remote at times. The surface will be mixed, with sections ranging from perfect tarmac to rugged gravel and maybe a ford or two. There will be three checkpoint locations and a supplied route, which will be revealed, only to confirmed participants, 24 hours before the ride.
The Prestige is a completely unsupported ride. You are responsible for navigation and keeping yourself and your team going. Minimum kit should include two tubes, multi-tool, pump, patch kit, and a masterlink. We highly recommend spare kit and nutrition. A paper cue sheet will be supplied as well as a .gpx file, however the supplied route is not necessarily the most direct way to each checkpoint and teams are encouraged to plot their own routes (in the spirit of the ride we ask teams not to take A roads).
Up to 30 teams of four riders will be confirmed. 10 spaces are guaranteed for RCC teams.
100€ per team and at least six beers to share amongst fellow riders after the ride. Once your application has been accepted, Rapha will be in touch to collect the entry fee. Rapha will supply a payment link to confirmed teams from Monday 5th September onwards. At the start we provide last minute nutrition, water and coffee. At the finish we’ll have a hot meal and extra drinks for every rider, and hope you can hang around to share stories as the sun sets.
The closing date for applications is Monday 19th September. Rapha will contact successful teams from Tuesday 5th September with a payment link.
[UPDATE] If you are looking for a team for the event, a Facebook group has been created. Please, post a message on it if you are interested to take part in the event.
Accomodation is not include, but you can find many hotels or B&B around the start. Beaumont, Ceyrat, Romagnat, Aubière, Gergovie and la Roche-Blanche are the closest ones. If you want to enjoy the main city of Massif Central, Clermont - Ferrand is only 15 km from the Plateau de Gergovie. Obviously, it is also the place where you will find the most of the accomodations. You can go on Auvergne Tourisme website for more informations.
[UPDATE] On Friday, the evening before the event, we organize a visit of our workshop. On the menu, presentation of our work and our products around local beers, and a photo exhibition by Nicolas Joly. Please confirm your presence on the page of the event:
If you want to stay longer, a social ride will certainly take place on the Sunday. Do not wait anymore and join the adventure with your team by applying via the following link : http://pages.rapha.cc/prestige/massif-central
Photos by Jochen Hoops | @here_are_wings