Ride Ten Thousand 2021

With the closing of Freeport Bicycle Co. this year, Rapha Chicago has taken the lead and is presenting the 2021 Ten Thousand which is taking place between May 28–June 13. Join along for some of the best gravel roads the Midwest has to offer!

Ride any of the Ten Thousand routes within a 2 week window and receive a prize from Rapha. There are 3 route options, allowing riders to choose their level of difficulty and the climbing they want to take on. Hint: they’re all difficult and exquisitely beautiful.

Intermediate Route: Approximately 71 miles / 5,000 ft of climbing

Advanced Route: Approximately 130 miles / 10,000 ft of climbing

XL Route: Approximately 233 miles / 17,000 ft of climbing

View / download the routes here: Ride Ten Thousand Routes

This is an unsupported event and therefore riders are responsible for themselves. Riding in this area of Illinois is very challenging. The routes take you through very remote areas with little access to food and water. It is imperative that riders come prepared for a very challenging day on the bike. All routes feature a majority of gravel roads. Minimum recommended tire width is 32mm, while 40mm+ is ideal.

This event is free.

Rough Road 100 training ride

Join Rapha Chicago and local gravel guru Nico Deportago-Cabrera as we prepare for the Spring gravel season with a mixed terrain out and back ride starting from Rapha and headed west to the Des Plaines River Trail. Gravel/CX/Road+ tired recommended.

Meet Nico at the clubhouse for a coffee at 8:00am. The ride will start promptly at 8:30am.

Gravel Gear Night @ Rapha Chicago

Join Rapha Chicago in partnership with Velosmith Bicycle Studio and the Rough Road 100, as they discuss all things Gravel. Enjoy a short presentation from both Rapha and VBS on what to consider for your next Gravel ride. Be sure and slide over to Rapha’s website to RSVP.