As we are in New York City at this moment we are lucky enough to just have visited the recently opened Rapha Cycle Club New York, which opened its doors within the heart of the meatpacking district last September. Following the success of the first permanent Rapha Cycle Club which opened last year in London’s Soho, and the recently completed club in Sydney, the New York Cycle Club was once again beautifully designed by British agency Brinkworth.
The Cycle Club concept was created out of a passion for road riding and to provide a hub for like minded cycle enthusiasts to meet, shop, eat and drink, watch races and gather for rides. The original Cycle Club scheme that Brinkworth developed with Rapha, remains central by providing an environment that reflects the core cultural values of the brand. The Rapha Cycle Club New York located on Gansevoort Street, between Washington and 9th, is one of the few remaining untouched streets within the neighbourhood, making it an authentic New York destination for the cycling community to congregate. The Cycle Club organises early morning group rides every Saturday, providing the perfect starting point for many of the best rides in or out of Manhattan.
And that’s not it for the expanding number of Rapha Cycle Clubs around the globe. Recently the Club in Tokyo was very successful during the period of the Tour the France and two other pop-up sites have decided to remain open in the cities of San Francisco and Osaka. Adding them to London, Sydney and New York, Rapha are impressingly so building a strong international presence in key cities around the world with a clear focus on the love for cycling out of which the brand was born. With a vision set on more possibilities whenever they arise in the future one can only hope for more beautiful endeavors by Rapha, possibly even in the Netherlands.
Photography by Louise Melchior.
The Rapha Cycle Club is located at 64 Gansevoort Street, New York.