As the cyclocross season fast approaches, photographer Ben Ingham takes a look at some of the more famous race tracks for Rapha during the periods when they aren’t faced with crowds of supporters and racers. 

Rapha look at some of the scenery we can come to expect over the next couple of days in Yorkshire (with obligatory product placement).

Photo of Fausto Coppi from Rapha’s Hallmarks of Pain promotion.

Photo of Fausto Coppi from Rapha’s Hallmarks of Pain promotion.

Rapha Gentlemen’s Race: Thailand

Jacques Anquetil from Rapha’s profile of the Kings of Pain forwhich they add Fausto Coppi, Raymond Poulidor, Eddy Merckx, Tom Simpson and Bernard Hinault.

Jacques Anquetil from Rapha’s profile of the Kings of Pain forwhich they add Fausto Coppi, Raymond Poulidor, Eddy Merckx, Tom Simpson and Bernard Hinault.

Ben Ingham photo taken at Three Days of De Panne accompanying a David Evans feature article covering the race from Rapha. 

Ben Ingham photo taken at Three Days of De Panne accompanying a David Evans feature article covering the race from Rapha

Riccardo Guasco illustration of the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan for Rapha’s City Cycling Guides. Richard Williams covers the velodrome’s illustrious history, moves to restore it and its partnership with other historic velodromes including Roubaix Velodrome and Herne Hill Velodrome in London,

Riccardo Guasco illustration of the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan for Rapha’s City Cycling Guides. Richard Williams covers the velodrome’s illustrious history, moves to restore it and its partnership with other historic velodromes including Roubaix Velodrome and Herne Hill Velodrome in London,

Team Sky rider Ian Boswell gives a brief guide to descending. 

The Little Things: Bottle Carrier from Rapha and Team Sky

The Greatest Show on Earth. One of the essential road racing films, The Greatest Show on Earth documents the dramatic and captivating 1974 Tour of Italy. The 57th edition was one of the most exciting and closely fought Grand Tours of that decade, when Eddy Merckx had to first depose José Manuel Fuente to claim the pink leader’s jersey, then fight off the young Italian, Gianbattista Baronchelli, on the final, dramatic mountain stage. It remains one of the great scenes in cycling cinema, the backdrop to the stage provided by the towering spires of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, with the tifosi screaming at the roadside as Merckx, Fuente and Baronchelli battled to the summit.

Thanks to Rapha for making this available.