Inspired by bikepacking events overseas, Rapha introduces the Rapha Yomp Rally

A rally, not a race, 100 select riders will tackle 375 mixed-surface miles over a max of 5 days

Rapha Yomp Rally
(Image credit: Rapha)

Rapha today announced the launch of the inaugural Rapha Yomp Rally, a five-day 375-mile adventure across some of the most stunning mixed-terrain roads California has to offer.

Only 100 riders will be selected to tackle the pre-designed route between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in May, and the application process opened today.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.