Rapha opens summer pop-up store and offers rides, events and workshops
The iconic kit brand will be offering riders a new way to explore London
Rapha has just opened a new pop-up store in east London, offering riders new routes, workshops and community events as well as the chance to pick up kit from the iconic brand.
The temporary Rapha clubhouse opened on Monday (July 27) in Canary Wharf and has all the kit you’d need for road, city and gravel riding.
Rapha will also be offering a library of routes, self-guided events and weekly workshops on strength training, roadside repairs and riding in groups until it closes in late September.
The British kit brand said: “This summer, Rapha is bringing its clubhouse experience to Canary Wharf, with a packed agenda of rides and events to help you explore the docks, quays and waterways of London’s East End.
“With a range of current collections for both men and women, the Pop-Up has everything you need for cycling on the road, over gravel, or commuting through the city. Plus, with the help of our official ride leaders, our itinerary of self-guided rides will have you cycling around the city in ways you’d never expect, revealing lesser-known areas of the capital.”
The weekly workshops will be free and tickets can be booked here.
A local route library is also available, offering riders a way of exploring the city and taking them to places they may not have discovered themselves.
Official Rapha rider leaders have put together a series of rides that will take you around the city, across the Thames and through the home counties. View the routes here.
On September 6 Rapha will be welcoming riders from the Women’s 100 making the pop-up venue a hub for women’s cycling.
Then from September 19-20, riders can take part in the City Island Challenge, which puts route-planning skills to the test as competitors pass through a series of checkpoints across the Docklands.
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You can pass the checkpoints in any order over one or two days, as long as they start and finish in the same location. Sign up here.
Dates: July 27 - September 27 2020
Address: Canary Wharf, 2 Reuters Plaza, London, E14 5AJ, England
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. Bank holidays 11am-6pm.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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