Failure to Success: The Rapha Festive 500 in 2020

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As I'm writing this it's the day after I finished the 2020 Rapha Festive 500 (apologies it's only being published now - Ed). This isn't the first year I've taken on this challenge and it won't be the last. For many people this year's event, like many things in 2020, will have been a little different though. Let's talk about how things went and what it takes to finish a challenge like this.

This was the third time I've taken on the Rapha Festive 500 but this was the first year it was official. The first time I tried the event was in 2018. Rapha has never recognized virtual miles in years past but I did it on a trainer anyway. My take on the spirit of the event is that it's about the hard work involved. There may have been an opportunity for a small token of completion from Rapha, for recognized miles, but was that the reason for doing it? Besides, if you could complete it in the warmer and sunnier climate of the Southern Hemisphere, why not on a trainer?

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Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutia of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. 

Height: 5'9" Weight: 137 lb. 

Rides: Orbea Orca Aero, Cannondale Topstone Lefty, Cannondale CAAD9, Trek Checkpoint, Priority Continuum Onyx