Rapha Brussels pop-up store: Cima Coppi ride at De Muur van Geraardsbergen, 26.05.2018
Finally, a Rapha store in Belgium, one of cycling's heartlands. For the time being it's a pop-up in Brussels, running from 18 May to end of June 2018. Hopefully a prelude to a more permanent presence here. The store offers a stacked calendar of rides for riders of all abilities. On Saturday 26 May, an exceptionally sunny day with temperatures soaring to 30°C, we headed out for the Flemish Ardennes. The challenge: to ride up the Muur of Geraardsbergen 18 times, a climbing effort equivalent to conquering the Colle delle Finestre, the fabled Alpine col where the day before Chris Froome decided the outcome of the Giro 2018.