The Spoke Word: Rapha iPhone App for Group Rides


High-end cycling-apparel company Rapha is launching a free iPhone app that promises to make group rides a little easier to organize. The app, called Rendezvous, tracks not only the obvious stuff like mapping, terrain, etc., but also meeting points and the riders themselves. (See screen caps below.) A message board organizes the comments of those who will be joining the ride and, inevitably, those who will back out or show up late.

I haven't had a chance to play with Rendezvous yet, but I suspect it will be both fun and very helpful. Rapha comes into occasional criticism for its high prices, but no other apparel company has done as good a job of defining and playing into the unique culture of road cycling, both on and off the bike.

Rendezvous will be available in the App Store by this weekend, for free.

—John Bradley