The Ronde Van Calderdale. Possibly the friendliest but hardest sportive in the UK. A true cobbled classic requiring some significant grit.
Gravel bikes are all the rage at the moment so in order to keep things trendy I’ve been getting hands on with the Ribble CGR and having an attempt at riding ‘off the beaten track’. I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit like Bambi on ice when it comes to leaving the tarmac but I’m steadily getting to grips with things. Over the last few months I’ve learnt a few things about gravel riding.
It’s been three years since Ribble first introduced a gravel bike to the market to satisfy the ever growing demand for ‘adventure’ bikes. Due to the popularity of the first model, Ribble decided to work on a new range of gravel bikes that were introduced to the market in autumn last year. They can be categorised into four main classes; carbon, aluminium and steel and titanium. I opted for the aluminium as my weapon of choice.