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The Restive Skive Hundred – are you lazy enough to sink to the challenge?

Family duties stopping you riding the Rapha Festive 500, or just want a break from the bike? We have just the thing for you …

Tomorrow sees the start of the Rapha Festive 500, which challenges you to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – and it’s an initiative we fully support, including through the competition we are running with our friends at Komoot, which you can find out about here. And as in previous years, we’ll be covering people’s efforts on it in the coming days.

But the tweet below that we spotted this morning got us thinking … with the best will in the world, not all of us are up for that challenge, for a variety of reasons – family duties (some of which may take us away from our beloved bikes for a few days), wanting some time off riding whether through over-indulgence or something else, or simply because we can’t be bothered.

So, we at are proud to introduce the inaugural Restive Skive Hundred.

The rules are simple. Ride ZERO kilometres from 24-31 December inclusive (granted, that’s hard to prove, so there is a certain amount of trust here), and proudly highlight your lack of effort on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #festiveskivehundred.

Oh, and you have to be someone who actually rides a bike at other times of the year to qualify.

The Rapha Festive 500 rewards the most creative submissions on social media that epitomise the spirit of the challenge with various prizes, and we’ll be doing likewise – there will be pairs of socks up for grabs for what we consider to be the most slackworthy lack of efforts.

So much the better if you can make your contributions vaguely cycling themed – but bear in mind, you will risk instant disqualification if there is any hint of you actually having ridden a bike over the festive season.

Happy slouching … and to those of you actually doing the Rapha Festive 500, we wish you all the best and will be cheering you on from the sidelines. Well, the sofa, more likely …

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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mdavidford | 2 years ago

using the hashtag #festiveskivehundred.

Good to see you were already getting in the skiver spirit by not being assed to sort out what the hashtag ought to be.

Global Nomad | 2 years ago
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I shall be riding vicariously by not riding while watching videos of rides and reading about rides . I will try and feel my heart rate rise as I watch close passes

Awavey | 2 years ago

feels all abit thou doth protest too much about it imo, do the Festive 500 if you want to, dont if you dont, it really isnt any more complex a thing than that.

TheBillder | 2 years ago

So the advice from road cc is: Ride a bike, don't ride a bike. If you do ride a bike, don't leave home, but if you must leave home, ride a bike. If you cannot ride a bike at home, stay at home but ride a bike.

With apologies to Matt Lucas.

ktache | 2 years ago
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Apart from the normal maintenance, and the preparation for what I'm assuming is going to be the heavy part of winter, I will be attempting to fit what, now that I think about it, will be my first set of proper mudguards. I do expect there to be problems.

Gennysis | 2 years ago

I've created a Restive Skive Hundred strava challenge.

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