In honor of this July’s Tour de France, Strava and Rapha Performance Roadwear came together to challenge riders from July 2-24 to climb the same amount of elevation as the pros do throughout the six mountain stages in the Pyrenees and Alps. To be clear, that’s 21,125 meters in 22 days.
Nearly 600 cyclists joined the Rapha Rising Challenge on Strava with riders from 27 countries, including Iceland, Egypt and China. After 22 days, the combined group of cyclists competing on Strava climbed a total of 1,603,104 meters, or almost exactly 1,000 miles. That’s equivalent to climbing Mt. Ventoux 839 times!
“I continue to be happily surprised by how quickly Strava activates and builds community around competitions. There wasn’t any other tracking or group service that came close to Strava for creating and organizing the Rising competition,” said Slate Olson, General Manager, Rapha North America.
And the drum roll please…
The Top 5 Rapha Rising climbers on Strava climbed a combined total of 183,080 meters. That’s over 38 Mont Blanc’s stacked up on top of each other! The Strava leaders are:
Check out the Rapha’s blog post to learn more about the great prizes and Rapha gear that the all around top climbers earned! Congrats to all the participants on completing this extraordinary challenge. It’s amazing to see everyone who got out there and accomplished such a difficult goal! See the complete list of Strava participants and results.