Sepia tone for all things Rapha.
Riders (R-L) and what they are riding in the event:
Nate Bradley (Psychlo X 28mm tires)
Kelly Boniface (Vamoots CR 28mm tires)
Matty Pronovost (Vamoots SL 28mm tires)
Corey Piscopo (Vamoots RSL 25mm tires)
Matt Alford (Psychlo X 28mm tires)
Jon Cariveau (Vamoots DR 28mm tires)
This Saturday the six riders above will set off on the Rapha Gentlemen’s (plus a lady) Race near Boulder, CO. The course is laid out and tactics have been thought through. Our fearless MOOTS FACTORY PILOTS team will be rolling off the line at 7:52 MST Saturday morning. The Rapha Gentlemen’s Races have been around for several years and they go something like this…..Unsanctioned, unmarshalled, unmarked, unsupported…ride as fast as your slowest person, live off what you can find in stores along the way. It’s hard, like really hard. Most teams don’t finish. Bring low gears and bigger road tires, are the instructions from Raph HQ….a good portion of the route is dirt road/gravel….and in this case that adds up to about 50% dirt. Sweet.
The Bubble. The Olympic Village. The Republic. Call it what you want, it has terrain that is world class and athletes that are the same. Canyons, flat, rollers, altitude….heat, snow, hail, rain…it’s all possible in a single day of riding. We will set off to tackle the course and ourselves.
You name the climb around Boulder and we will be climbing it. A total of 106 miles with 13,444 feet of climbing. ABC…..(always be climbing)….An interesting thing about the Rapha Races is that the course is not marked. Only GPS coordinates and a cue sheet are given out, so the race is also part route finding if you are not familiar. We have Matt Alford on our team and he has lived in Boulder and Nederland over the years and knows the entire county really well. He’ll be our navigator for what lies ahead on Saturday.
The riders on the team come from almost every department at Moots. Sales, miter, welding and marketing. Kelly Boniface comes from our GrassMoots Team and is an orginal team member in that program. All of us have ridden a good amount of miles with each other, so we have that going for us. The goal is to ride at a good pace, have as little mechanicals as possible and help each other through the point in the day when each will crack. You must finish with all 6 riders at the same time to be counted.
There are none. Well, kinda. First place team usually gets a full Rapha kit for each rider. Second place gets all the beer. …Oh, about the beer. Each team must bring one case of beer to the start line. There are 24 teams……and that’s a crap load of suds.
We’ll be posting on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds as the day unfolds. Follow along if you can.
Wish us luck.