Rapha acquired by the grandsons of Walmart founder

Boutique clothing brand purchased for £200/$260 million

Boutique cycling clothier Rapha has a new majority shareholder with ties to Walmart. 

As first reported by Sky News, RZC Investments has acquired a majority stake in Rapha in a deal worth £200 million pounds / $260 million dollars. The U.S.-based investment firm is lead by Tom and Stuart Walton, two of the billionaire grandsons of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.

Does this mean we can expect to see Rapha’s high-end kits for sale at the world’s largest retailer?

If the Walton’s history of investment in cycling is any indication of their plans, the answer is a resounding no.

RZC and Walmart are distinct entities with very different business interests.

In addition to the acquisition of Rapha, RZC also invests in Allied Cycle Works, the Little Rock, Arkansas-based bicycle company dedicated to bringing carbon manufacturing to the United States.

Tom Walton, along with the Walton Family Foundation, has been instrumental in developing sustainable mountain bike trail networks throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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