by Tyler Hale
A high-end cycling apparel and accessories company is reportedly making the move to Northwest Arkansas.
Rapha Racing LLC is slated to move its U.S. operations to Arkansas from its current base in Portland, Oregon. A report by BikePortland.org says the company is planning to relocate in Bentonville.
According to a company news release, Rapha plans to “evolve into new markets” and has been working to ensure its U.S. headquarters facilitated its strategic aims. “After careful consideration, it’s clear that basing the Rapha North American office in Bentonville will serve these aims effectively,” the release reads.
The company cites the proximity to the OzTrails MTB network, the gravel landscape, and the growing cycling developing in Northwest Arkansas as motivations that led to the move.
Rapha is set to relocate to Bentonville by March 1, 2020.
Founded in 2004 by CEO Simon Mottram, the company focused on high-end clothing geared toward cycling. The company produces jerseys, bib shorts and tights, jackets and vests, hats, gloves, socks, shoes and more for both male and female riders.
The company’s primary office is in London, and Rapha Racing LLC. is registered in England and Wales. It established a foothold in the United States by making Portland its U.S. headquarters in 2008.
In 2017, RZC Investments bought a majority stake in Rapha for a reported $260 million. RZC Investments is an investment vehicle operated by Steuart and Tom Walton, the grandsons of Sam Walton.