Ride Studio Cafe presents
The Rapha Festive 500 - 2012
The Festive 500 returns
Give your legs the greatest gift this Christmas and ride 500km with Rapha. Once more Rapha challenge riders around the world to avoid the festive flab and clock thosee kilometres. Ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve posting evidence of your endeavours along the way via these channels:
To ensure you are officially entered, join the Strava Challenge page or http://www.rapha.cc/the-festive-500--2012
Special seasonal prizes to be awarded to the top kilometre Kings and Queens. Everyone who successfully completes the 500 will receive a commemorative woven badge.
We have put together a series of rides for the week, with different rides every day, including great lunch stops, because while we may be trying to keep off the festive flab, if you ride this much, you've got to eat. All rides start from Ride Studio Cafe, except Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25, when RSC will be closed. We will start at Blayleys Cafe in Watertown. Email "pb at blayleys dot com" to get the actual address and let us know you are joining. Coffee and snacks will be served before the ride. Soup will be served when we return.
All rides start at 10AM except Saturday December 29. This is a long one, with special guests from Rapha, so we start early at 8AM. RSC will open early so folks can fuel up before the ride. We will aim to be back no later than 4PM. But it may be a good idea to bring some sort of light and high-viz vest just in case!
We have different length rides available each day. No one can predict the weather this far in advance. The professionals can barely predict it day of. So we are offering shorter options in case of less than ideal weather. These will also be handy for folks looking to start out with a group for a social ride, but who can't take the full day.
All rides have GPS tracks. Please load them on your GPS. Pamela Blalock will be leading a group at about 15mph every day. John Bayley will be leading a faster group for a few of the rides, but not every day. If you want to ride faster, be prepared to do your own navigation. The routes take in lots of quiet and scenic back roads. They have a gazillion turns! A GPS or riding with a super-domestique is essential.
59 miles with lunch at Panzano in Southboro
43 miles with lunch at CJ's Northside Grill in Framingham
- Tuesday Dec 25, 10AM - Watertown to World's End, picnic lunch at World's End or Dunkin Donuts if it's too cold.
RSC is closed, so we will start at Blayleys Cafe in Watertown. Email "pb at blayleys dot com" to get the actual address and let us know you are joining. Coffee and snacks will be served before the ride. Soup will be served when we return.
This is an urban ride, but should be quiet on Christmas Day.
63 miles to World's End and back through Blue Hills
39 miles includes Blue Hills, but not World's End
68 miles, lunch at Fihlo's Cucina and then Lost Lake Roller Coaster
62 miles, Lost Lake Roller Coaster and then lunch at Dunkin Donuts
- Thursday Dec 27, 10AM - RSC to MIT Haystack Observatory, lunch at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe or cupcakes at Keyks
60 miles, lunch at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe
33 miles, cupcakes at Keyks
67 miles, includes Noon Hill with lunch at Blue Moon
56 miles, with lunch at Blue Moon
- Saturday Dec 29, 8AM - RSC to Mount Wachusett, lunch at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort. Ride with the Rapha boys!
105 miles, including a wee bit of dirt around the backside of the mountain, and lunch at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort
62 miles, with lunch at Ariba Coffee
62 miles, Harold Parker State Park, lunch at Ryers Country Store
52 miles, Harold Parker, State Park, lunch at Ryers Country Store