Ex Duris Gloria.
For three weeks in July, 2004, the Old Truman Brewery, on London’s Brick Lane, hosted the Kings of Pain exhibition, a collection of photography and memorabilia devoted to six iconic riders.
The event marked Rapha’s official launch and the chosen riders – Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Tom Simpson, Fausto Coppi, Raymond Poulidor and Bernard Hinault – remain, we believe, a distillation of road racing’s most celebrated qualities. They embody the glory, suffering and drama of the sport, and their unmistakable styles defined their respective eras.
The exhibition was Rapha’s statement of intent, drawing on the history of road racing to best convey the ethos and aesthetic of the company. Our journey since that exhibition – from offering just three products to sponsoring the most successful professional team in the world – continues to be informed and inspired by the stories of these six riders.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the exhibition that helped introduce Rapha to the world, we’re launching the limited edition Kings of Pain collection, in honour of the riders and the stories that continue to inspire us.