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The #Festive500 is a challenge that’s meant to motivate cyclists to ride through the holidays, no matter how uncomfortable the conditions.
For the second year, Rapha Seattle is proposing a special challenge: complete the #Festive500 as a brevet, unsupported, with a few of your closest riding buddies, in one go.
The event will kick off at 5 a.m. on Saturday, December 29th at the Rapha Headquarters in Portland, Oregon and make its way north concluding at Rapha Seattle. The 500 km ride must be completed as a team of at least 2 riders within a time cut of 38 hours. Teams will be recognized as completing the challenge when the entire group arrives at Rapha Seattle. The finishers cut off time will be 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 30th. Teams will receive a finishing time. The fee for entry is $50 per team.
Teams must submit applications for entry by Dec. 17, and space is limited to roughly 25 riders total. Teams will be selected based on prior experience & their motivation for undertaking the ride. You may apply with your team assembled, or as an individual with the opportunity to be paired with others to form a team, or as a back-up to fill an open spot.
Riders should arrive in Portland early in the evening via their own means
Riders are responsible for booking their own accomodations in Portland
7 p.m. – Riders meet for an optional dinner at Paymaster Lounge (not paid by Rapha)
4:15 a.m. – Riders meet at Rapha HQ (1915 NW Kearney St) for breakfast
5 a.m. – Mass Roll Out
There will be a checkpoint located in Astoria, 115 miles into the route. Riders must pass through the checkpoint to have their brevet card stamped. The checkpoint will have food for riders and an escape from the elements.
Cut off time for finishers is 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 30th giving you 38 hours to complete 500 km. The finishers checkpoint will be at Rapha Seattle where a meal will be provided and riders will pick up their finishers packet.
What to Expect
Each team will pay a $50 entry fee. This fee covers breakfast before the ride, lunch at the Astoria Checkpoint, dinner at Rapha Seattle and a bag drop between Portland & Seattle. We recommend you ensure you have enough food for your needs in addition to what we provide. This is likely to be the one of the more challenging rides you’ve ever done. You must adequately plan what gear you’ll need to stay safe and comfortable, plan your food stops carefully, assess how much food and water you can carry, and form a team to support you both physically and mentally throughout the ride.
Riders are expected to arrive in Portland the evening of Friday, December 28th. There is an optional dinner that evening at 7 p.m at Paymaster Lounge for riders to meet and socialize. This dinner is not provided. The following morning, riders need to arrive at Rapha Portland by 4:15 a.m. We will do a mass roll out at 5 a.m. on Saturday, December 29. Teams will naturally split up, taking to their own pace toward Seattle. Along the way, your support will be found in your team. Safety is our first concern, so call in a favor and ride home if needed. There will be cellular service for most of the route, and you’ll ride through cities and towns where you can take advantage of services. If you need to abandon the ride, you must arrange transport home. This shouldn’t be too challenging, as riders won’t be much more than a two-hour drive from a city at any given time, and cell reception is likely.
Upon arrival in Seattle, head to Rapha Seattle for your finishers meal and to pick up your finisher’s packet, with a special gift inside.
Event details subject to change; check event websites for details.