“Distance Yourself” is a meditative short video from Rapha that pairs a quietly beautiful montage of ride scenes with a voiceover of Paul de Vivie’s classic Seven Commandments for the Wise Cyclist. Find three minutes of long-ride inspiration here…

In support of their updated Brevet collection, which includes the new Brevet Insulated Jacket and Brevet Insulated Vest made with recycled fabrics, Rapha just shared a motivating short video that offers some time-tested advice for long rides. As the creators describe it, “Rapha Brevet – Distance Yourself captures the essence of long distance riding and showcases the Brevet collection in action. At the turn of the 20th century, Frenchman Paul de Vivie made it his mission to show the world the joy in travelling far by bike. He penned seven commandments to help guide aspiring randonneurs, and more than 100 years on, they still serve as wise advice for anyone going the distance.” Watch it below.

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Paul de Vivie’s Seven Commandments

  • 1. Make your stops short and infrequent so as not to lose your drive.
  • 2. Eat lightly and often. Eat before getting hungry, drink before you are thirsty.
  • 3. Never ride until you are so tired that you cannot eat or sleep.
  • 4. Put on extra clothing before you’re cold, and take it off before you’re hot.
  • 5. Don’t drink wine, eat meat, or smoke, at least during the ride.
  • 6. Never rush things. Ride within yourself, particularly during the first few hours of a ride when you feel strong and are tempted to force the pace.
  • 7. Never pedal out of vanity, don’t be a show-off.



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