On 15th July 2012, the Tour de France enters the Pyrenees. The scene of countless historic moments in the race’s history, on the 18th the peloton will tackle the infamous Circle of Death, the fearsome loop that includes the Col d’Aubisque (1,709m), Col du Tourmalet (2,114m), Col d’Aspin (1,489m) and Col de Peyresourde (1,569m). Whether, with just four days remaining until the finish, the pre-race favourite Bradley Wiggins will be in yellow, only time will tell.
In the meantime, Rapha is inviting riders everywhere to join the peloton (if only in spirit) by challenging them to climb the combined elevation of the Circle of Death during the period Le Tour is in the Pyrenees. 6,881 metres (or 22,575 feet) between July 15-22. All of the riders that complete the challenge will receive a Rapha Rising roundel celebrating their achievement, plus the chance to win a limited edition Trek Madone 6.9.
As an additional challenge, there will also be a separate competition to see who can climb the most metres on Wednesday 18th July, the date of the Queen Stage of this year’s Tour de France. The winner of this challenge will win a Rapha Race Bag containing a Rapha Circle of Death Jersey, Classic Bib Shorts and a pair of Grand Tour Shoes.
Please share your Rapha Rising with us on Instagram and Twitter, use tag #rapharising, or additionally you can post on our Facebook wall.
Register for a roundel: To receive your roundel once you have completed the challenge, please e-mail your name and postal address to: email@example.com, not forgetting to include the frame size you would like should you win the Trek.