2021 Rapha Festive 500: Done! ✅

Riding the Festive 500 is always in the back of my mind each December. I completed it once in England during the depths of winter and last year here in Australia. I don’t think I need to tell you which season I prefer to ride it in! Riding the Festive 500 in summer almost feels…

2021 Rapha Festive 500: Your virtual miles will count once again

It’s that time of year again! The calendar hits December and thoughts turn to knocking out the Rapha Festive 500 challenge on Strava. Getting outside and completing the challenge is always best, but not all parts of the world are able to do that. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic that just won’t quit, once…

The Rapha Festive 500: Done and dusted!

I’ve been meaning to complete the Rapha Festive 500 here in Tasmania since I arrived. For a recap, that’s 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. I completed it once in England in the depths of winter, so have wanted to add a Southern Hemisphere Festive 500 to my “done list” also! One thing…

How to ride the Rapha Festive 500 on FulGaz (updated for 2021)

In 2021, the Rapha Festive 500 Strava Challenge is once again open to virtual rides. Virtual distance was allowed for the very first time in 2020 due to many parts of the world struggling with COVID-19 and associated lockdowns. While this isn’t as big an issue in 2021, there are still many countries or cities dealing with…

2020 Rapha Festive 500 to include VIRTUAL distance

The Rapha Festive 500 is back for another year! This time around there’s something different about the annual Strava challenge. For the first time in it’s history, virtual rides will count towards the challenge total. Yes you heard that right. You can now cycle your 500km without actually cycling anywhere. UPDATE: There’s also no woven…

Goal setting, training plans and accepting failure

This month I set a goal to complete the Rapha Festive 500 again (ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve). I didn’t make it public, it was just for me. With guests staying over the Christmas break and three days at work I knew even with perfect weather it would be a tight…