December is not a month given to peak training. As winter settles in and social obligations peak between Christmas and New Year’s, most riders resign themselves to the reality of opportunistic fun rides. But the traditional December training dip doesn’t have to be inevitable. In 2010, Rapha created the Festive 500, a challenge to animate training at the time of year when most riders fade from their in-the-saddle commitments.
The Festive 500 is a splendidly simple but challenging idea: ride 500km, between the 24th and 31 December. That’s 310.6 imperial miles, which means a rounded-up of 39 miles a day, but with the unique challenges of Festive Season riding, you’ll need to roll some much bigger days to compensate for those family events and time with friends.
We’ve got some tips to assist you in completing a successful Festive 500 campaign, without straining relations with friends or family. Get ahead of the mileage
It’s a near certainty that very few riders get to log their ideal breakdown of Festive 500 mileage. A lot of life happens between Christmas and New Year’s, and trying to ride a massive day on the 31st is never ideal.
Get a big day in early, preferably on the 24th. That will allow you some contingency for the rest of your Festive 500 campaign. During the peak Festive Season, traffic conditions are markedly different from most riding days in a given year. And you can benefit from rolling onto a favourite or new route, with much vehicular […]