Rapha running auction for Ambitious about Autism

Rapha founder's son has autism; raffle benefits autism charity

Rapha revived the Bordeaux-Paris for an event last Friday as part of a fundraiser aimed to earn £250,000 for Ambitious about Autism, a cause close to the heart of Rapha founder Simon Mottram, whose son, Oscar, has autism. To continue the fundraising efforts, Rapha is running an online auction to benefit Ambitious about Autism, with personal and signed pieces of cycling gear donated by some of the biggest names in the sport.

Chris Hoy donated a signed skinsuit

The signed jerseys include:

  • Mark Cavendish’s 2012 world champion’s jersey
  • Ryder Hesjedal’s 2012 Giro d'Italia Maglia Rosa
  • Andy Hampsten’s white jersey from the 1986 Tour de France (complete with the foie gras stain sustained during a food fight between Hampsten’s La Vie Claire teammates)
  • Bradley Wiggins’ Team Sky jersey

Rapha is also raffling bikes, including David Millar’s Cervelo S3 from 2011, and an Independent Fabrication bike made for Rapha.

Also up for auction: a two-day training camp with Team Sky in Mallorca; a ride with David Millar in Girona; and a ride around New York with Greg LeMond and Rapha founder and CEO Simon Mottram.

Rapha’s bordeaux-paris challenge auction: team sky signatures: rapha’s bordeaux-paris challenge auction: team sky signatures
Rapha’s bordeaux-paris challenge auction: team sky signatures: rapha’s bordeaux-paris challenge auction: team sky signatures
Team Sky riders signed this one

There are also prints by photographers Nadav Kander and Ben Ingham, a suit fitting with tailor Timothy Everest, and some not-for-sale Rapha pieces like Ian Stannard's Team Sky jacket.

The auction runs through Tuesday. For more details visit rapha.cc/4411

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA
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