Rapha: The Hidden Alps

The Hidden Alps from Rapha on Vimeo.


Rapha’s newest short features a side-by-side look at their riders tackling the “Hill of Widows” in contrast with the 2o11 Giro. Rapha is going to be releasing their fall/winter lines in the coming weeks to be sure to check back for more on that. -B

On the photoshoot for the new Rapha Autumn/Winter range we took our riders on to the steep, scarred and historic slopes of the Colle delle Finestre, the ‘Hill of Windows’. This climb, somewhat hidden beneath the reputations of other cols, is as tough as it is visually striking. The Piedmontese military engineered the roads here in the days before Italian unification, building a string of forts to safeguard the region.

Directed by Ben Ingham

Colle delle Finestre

  • Length: 18.6 km
  • Height gain: 1694m
  • Maximum gradient: 12%