Rapha + Herman Miller Design Rides.

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Calling all cycling and architecture fans. Combine your two passions by joining Rapha and Herman Miller for a guided tour of local architecture and design history. The first five cities have been announced, starting in Boulder on May 20. Space is limited so sign up for your complimentary Design Ride today. Note, you must come prepared with a puncture repair kit, a snack and helmet. Pedals with foot retention are not required.

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Boulder, CO
Saturday, May 20 at 2PM
Design Ride: A Boulder Look at Design
Rapha’s first Herman Miller Design Ride kicks off with a ride through the Front Range of the Rockies. Begin with a leisurely tour of downtown’s charming Front End district and then proceed to an array of local architecture, including a unique shipping-container home at the foot of Flagstaff Mountain. Next, catch a view of the exquisite craftsmanship of a cabin by Timmerhus on a dirt-climb up Poorman Road. From there, it’s all downhill into Sunshine Canyon, where you’ll find homes designed by Boulder’s resident organic modernist Charles Haertling, before heading back to the Rapha Clubhouse. Ride should last around two hours. Join the ride.

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San Francisco, CA
Saturday, June 10 at 2PM
Design Ride: A San Francisco Treat
Rob Forbes, founder of both PUBLIC Bikes and Design Within Reach, will lead you through the city that Alfred Hitchcock called “the Paris of America.” You’ll start at the Rapha Clubhouse and head out to the Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Field and historic Fort Point. Then, with the Pacific on your right, it’s down the Great Highway and through Golden Gate Park to the De Young Museum – a copper-clad icon designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog and de Meuron. Next up is Hayes Valley for tacos, mescal, and Smitten ice cream before you zip down Market Street to the Bay for a stop at the Ferry Plaza and a liberating view of Alcatraz. Ride should last around two hours. Join the ride. 

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New York, NY
Saturday, June 24 at 2PM
Design Ride: Manhattan’s Modern Monuments
For New York’s Herman Miller Design Ride, leaders Michael Sainato, VP of Creative at Design Within Reach, and Andrew McGee, an architect at Knoll International, will take you to some of Manhattan’s overlooked gems and public spaces. Explore artist Brian Tolle’s Irish Hunger Memorial, a slice of the rural Irish landscape situated in the heart of Battery Park City; then head east into the bustling Financial District for a tranquil oasis – modern master Isamu Noguchi’s subterranean Sunken Garden at Chase Manhattan Bank Plaza. Cap off the ride with river views from Elevated Acre, a lush rooftop garden that’s at once an escape and a destination. Ride should last around two hours. Join the ride.

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Seattle, WA
Saturday, August 26 at 2PM
Design Ride: Northwestern Exposure
From the coast to the Cascades, the lush and rugged Pacific Northwest breeds its own brand of modern design. Leading this architectural tour of local modernism will be Stefan Hampden and Forrest Murphy of CAST Architecture. You’ll start with the work of Miller-Hull Partnership and Weinstein A+U, two firms that have shaped the city for more than four decades. From there, you’ll skip town and head east across Lake Washington on a massive floating bridge to Mercer Island, where you’ll see Paul Thiry’s iconic Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Finally, you’ll loop back downtown and land at the Rapha Clubhouse. Ride should last around two hours. Join the ride.

Chicago, IL
Saturday, September 16 at 2PM
Design Ride: Midwest Modern
Home to the New Bauhaus and the first skyscrapers of the 20th century, Chicago’s design and architecture heritage runs deep. Get a taste of the Windy City’s past and present with Charles Adler – cofounder of Kickstarter and a principal of Lost Arts Chicago – as he leads a ride along Lake Shore Drive’s urban parkway. Head west into the Loop to catch iconic structures like Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City and IIT’s Crown Hall, an elegant exemplar of International Style modernism designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. You’ll groove past the Warehouse, the club that birthed house music, and take in work by the city’s next generation, including the Poetry Foundation building completed in 2011 by John Ronan Architects. Ride should last around two hours. Join the ride. 

Los Angeles, CA
Design Ride: Midcentury Mecca
Date and details coming soon.

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Rapha was founded by Simon Mottram in London in 2004, and was soon known worldwide for its fine cycling clothing and accessories. Today Rapha is more than just a clothing company – in addition to an online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories and publications, the brand includes retail locations, luxury travel and a cycling club with global membership. Learn more and see all Rapha Rides.

  • Love this idea. Of course I’m slightly biased towards the Boulder ride but I think it would be incredible to hit all of the locations. Thanks for sharing.