What is the Rapha Festive 500?
An annual event hosted by Rapha that challenges riders to ride 500km between December 24 and December 31.
Why is 2020 not like other years?
Traditionally riders have had to complete the full 500km challenge outdoors. This year is the first time that Rapha will allow virtual miles to count.
Why should I do this crazy thing?
The Festive 500 is no small feat. Many riders start the challenge each year and don’t finish. Completing this event at a time of year when many regions are facing inclement weather is an accomplishment, to say this least. This year Zwift hopes to help get more riders over the line.
How do I sign up?
Sign up for the Challenge on Strava and make sure to log any kilometers you do throughout the challenge to your Strava account.
If you haven’t already connected your Zwift and Strava accounts, here’s a handy how-to guide
When is registration?
You can sign up for the Strava Challenge once it goes live on the Strava website in early December.
How do I track my progress?
Track your progress in the Rapha Festive 500 challenge on Strava.
Do I have to join one of the Rapha Festive 500 events on Zwift for it to count?
As long as you’re tracking your rides on Strava, any kilometers logged—both indoors and outdoors—count towards the challenge.
If you fancy some company, Zwift makes it possible to always have someone to roll with during this 8-day challenge with our series of Festive 500 events.
How do I find the Rapha Festive 500 events on Zwift?
Join one of our Festive 500 rides here: https://zwift.com/events/tag/f500
How do I keep the Rapha Festive 500 in-game kit?
When you complete the Festive 500 Challenge on Strava, you will receive an email with a link to unlock the virtual Festive 500 kit in Zwift - regardless of whether those kilmoeters were ridden indoors or out.
Click that link, sign in, and the kit will be waiting for you the next time you take to the virtual tarmac.
**UPDATE: before you click the link - make sure you’ve logged out of Zwift and Strava on your preferred web browser. The sign-in using that link is what triggers the unlock.
What are the Spirit of Festive 500 awards?
Ever since the inception of the #Festive500 ten years ago, riders around the world have been commemorating their experiences in all manners of ways.
From photo albums to poems, hand-drawn maps to freshly baked pastries. And each year the most inventive submissions are selected and rewarded with cycling prizes to keep them riding until the next year.
What is the Zwift Community Players Award?
2020 has been unlike any year we’ve experienced, but Zwift makes it possible for you to always have someone to roll with during this 8-day challenge. Which is why we’ve introduced the Zwift Community Players Award.
In celebration of this epic event, you’re invited to share content (videos, images, postcards, stories, etc.) showing us how you’re making this a group effort—indoors or outdoors. With sensitivity to social distancing, demonstrate how you’re safely bringing people together as you ride 500km between December 24-31.
How do I enter the Spirit of Festive 500 awards?
Submit your content to Rapha at https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/stories/spirit-of-the-f500
How will the winner of the Zwift Community Spirit Award be chosen?
Judging the finalists will be American pro cyclist Justin Williams. His L39ION of Los Angeles elite cycling team works hard to encourage inclusion and knows a thing or two about teaming up with others to accomplish big goals!
Rapha will announce the winner of the award, along with the other categories in the Spirit of the Festive 500 Awards in January.
What is the prize for the Spirit of Festive 500 awards?
Our favourite submission will win a Legion of LA cycling kit.