Rapha Nocturne rolled around for its annual closed circuit racing in London and Rapha UK asked me and Andy to ride to Copenhagen where the next edition of the race will be held in August. I could go on about the route we took, how epic it was, the changeable weather and everything in between but instead I’m just going to share some photos which I think capture what the entire ride was about.
I’m not going to pretend it was a walk in the park. It was hard, bloody hard at times but when you do a ride like this with the right people, right kit and your favourite bike, the good far outweighs the bad. I can barely remember the low points because the good times were so good. I learned a lot about what I need to take next time (sleeping bag, Alpkit Hunka XL), I used TT bars for the first time and didn’t fall off, I got a couple of QOMs, I didn’t get eaten by bugs, we met some nice locals along the way, I dusted off my rusty German, I had a mechanical that in another life I would’ve freaked out about but I just kept going, I didn’t shower for three days, I burned 16,000 calories and I had a flipping amazing time.
If I can ride my bike 1015km to Copenhagen in four days, where else can and should I ride? Time to expand my horizon even more.
Photos by me, Andy Matthews and Jakob Kvist.