The centenary of the Col du Tourmalet's inclusion in the Tour de France will be celebrated with a mountain-top finish on stage 17 of the 2010 edition of the race. As well as the special edition Tourmalet Jersey, Rapha honoured the first ever Tour stage that tackled the Tourmalet with a tribute ride, The 1910 Challenge.
The Dolomites, in northern Italy, are known locally as the Monti Pallidi, the Pale Mountains. The precise origin of the name varies. Legend attributes it to a magical creature, who spun a ball of moonbeams to give the mountain their characteristic white appearance. Others prefer the scientific theory; it was an 18th century geologist, Deodat de Dolomieu, who attributed the colour of the limestone massifs to their geological make-up and thus were they named in his honour. Whether inspired by fairy tale or fact, the riders that congregate here from around the world do so to test themselves on climbs both numerous and severe.
Against the spectacular backdrop of the Dolomites, a group of pro and elite Rapha riders set out to test Rapha’s new Autumn Winter range.