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Rapha announces 2013 Women’s 100

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On Sunday 7th July 2013, Rapha invites thousands of women around the world to ride 100km.

The aim is to create a global event, with thousands of women taking to the road to complete a 100km journey. The 7th July is the date of the Etape du Tour, the amateur cyclist’s chance to ride a major mountain stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. Rapha are sending 100 women to ride the sportive, which will form part of the day’s festival of riding. The Rapha Women’s 100 is not a competition to see who is the fastest, it is about gathering a global community of women around the world to take part in this shared adventure.

In the build up to the 7th of July, we will feature tales from the women riding the 100 and chart their training, experiences and thoughts leading up to the big day. From seasoned racers to brand new roadies, the riders will discuss their cycling and the goal of riding 100km this summer.

How to get involved in the Rapha Women’s 100:

  • Twitter »
    Use Twitter to tell your followers you will ride 100km on the 7th July.
    Facebook »
  • Join the event page on Facebook to get talking about the Women’s 100.
  • Instagram »
    Use #womens100 and post your pictures to get involved.
  • Strava »
    Sign up to the challenge on Strava.
  • Email »
    Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to tell us you’re going to join the Women’s 100.

Stories

Rapha will be rolling out a host of content and events in the lead up to the Women’s 100 on July 7th. Below are some of the riders and writers who will bring the stories to life and events you can join.

Use #womens100 while you are training and riding along the way and document your journey via Twitter and Instagram.

Gem Atkinson, Rapha rider and blogger »
Gem has been a Rapha ambassador and rider on Rapha photoshoots. She’ll be joining 100 women riding the Etape du Tour on the 7th July.
See Gem’s words on the blog today »

Team Rapha-FOCUS racer Julie Krasniak »
Julie has been riding her bike since the age of 12 and has some Tour de France participants in her family lineage. Julie is also beginning preparations for her summer mountain bike & road season before heading into her third Cyclocross season with Team Rapha-FOCUS at the end of the year.

Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench »
Tori has teamed up with photographer Dan Sharp and will provide useful tips and tricks to get you (and your bike) ready to ride.

Stacy Sims of Osmo Nutrition »
Stacy will take us through some of the basics of nutrition on the bike as well as specific needs of women cyclists.

CYCLOFEMME | We Ride Together »
Sarai Snyder has been steadily working to get women on their bikes. Sarai will be in Portland, Oregon, so expect a big ride in this area with her and the Rapha bunch.

Bangs and a Bun »
Blogger Muireann Carey-Campbell will be riding her 100km at the Etape du Tour. A strong runner and boxer this is her first foray into road cycling.

Nathalie Thomas »
Nathalie is a reporter for the Telegraph and marathon runner, and is a recent convert to road cycling. She’ll be riding the Etape du Tour on the 7th July and blogging about her road to Annecy on the Telegraph website.

Events

Rapha Cycle Clubs around the world will be holding regular women’s rides and on the 7th July will be riding the Women’s 100.

USA: April 13th – The Rapha Women’s Prestige – This all-women’s race kicks off once again in San Francisco with a tough 100+ mile loop around the city.
See the film from last years Women’s Prestige »

UK: June – Women’s Century Ride – fully supported, all women’s training ride.

July 7th, 2013 – Wherever you are this is the big one. We’ll be sending a group of women to Lake Annecy to ride Etape du Tour but you do not have to be in France to join them. This is the day to celebrate women’s cycling around the world and ride 100km together.

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