Introducing the Yomp Rally
The concept is simple: complete the course in five days or fewer at your own pace, on your own or with your friends. Rapha provides the route, a celebratory send off, one checkpoint, a bag transfer and a warm welcome when you arrive in Los Angeles. The rest is up to you.
May 5-9, 2023.
375 Miles, Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
What to expect
375 miles of self-supported, incredible mixed terrain riding throughout Southern California. It's a rally, not a race; an ultra distance event without the red tape. The format is simple, with only a few rules — ride the established course within five days, treat the land and its inhabitants with care and respect, take care of yourself and other riders, and leave no trace. While we'll provide very little support, it's not technically "self-supported." We encourage riders to help each other out, share a bag of chips or Swedish fish, accept the magic of kindness from a local, ride with your friends, and generally do what you want to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience possible. The way you take on the ride is up to you. Ride solo through the night, with a group of friends or somewhere in between. To finish on time you must average at least 75 miles + 8,000ft of climbing per day.
“The route you will have traveled is not new. It is a reverse of the path the Spanish Padres took in 1769 to create the California Missions, which could have been noticed all along in Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, New Cuyama, and Santa Paula. The ecosystems you traversed - desert & coastal sage, high pine forests, and mountain chaparral can all be seen in the construction material of Chumash baskets and Catholic Churches across the central coast. Every inch of land once belonged to the Chumash Indians, and their influence is still felt in supporting many of the projects that steward these roads and trails. Sooner or later, everything old is new again.”
The Yomp Rally is designed without many rules in mind, but there are a few signposts riders must follow:
- Complete the established route within five days. - Treat the land and all its inhabitants with respect. - Take care of yourself and other riders. - Leave no trace. Pack in and pack out. - Don’t camp on private property. - Embody the Yomp Rally ethos: ride with your friends or alone, hop on a wheel, share your snacks, help someone with a broken spoke, ride for each other.
Rivian is the official off-road adventure partner for Rapha’s Yomp Rally with Rivian’s all-electric adventure vehicles supporting riders no matter the terrain and moving the Rapha team around the course with minimal environmental impact.