Gravel Bikes Blog / Ritchey Logic

  1. Grinduro

    Grinduro

    It hasn’'t been a week yet since we struck out to do the Grinduro- an event orchestrated by Giro to benefit the Eastern Sierra Trail Stewardship. The event page boasted camping, epic views, challenging terrain and beer. Not being ones to shy away from epic events that ask for you to dig deep in the pain cave and be rewarded with libations and fireside tall tales from the ride, we signed up. The Grinduro was hosted by Quincy, a small logging town nestled in the eastern Sierras, about an hour and a half north east of Marysville, CA. It’s the kind of place Carver would have written about, where the hum of the sawmill always abuzz, and the nights come too quickly. In mid-October, the air smells crisp in anticipation of fall, and the trees are turning a blaze from the top down not even ashamed of turning too red too soon. Something about the timing and location of the event created an environment ripe for a ride with about 300 of your closest friend you won’t soon forget.

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  2. #BEFOREPROJECT : Stage 11 of 2015 Vuelta

    Originally published on 31/08/2015 by Guillaume Prébois Stage 11 of Vuelta 2015 (Andorra - Encamp On Cortals) Our man, Guillaume Prébois, is back at it previewing some of the hardest stages the pros will tackle in the grand tours and giving us a layman’s perspective from his saddle. Tomorrow’s stage of the Vuelta has been touted as the toughest stage ever created in the history of this Grand Tour. Read on for Guillaume’s opinion. This is the first real mountain stage of the Vuelta 2015 and what stage! She would have been directly inspired by Joaquim Rodriguez, who in the Principality, is a national hero. All climbs are also marked by signs where his name appears. Andorra is a handkerchief wrapped into a tourniquet, the stage looks like the Amstel Gold Race in the sense that the race wraps around the same area and returns several times to the same place.
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  3. #BeforeProject : Milan-San Remo

    #BeforeProject : Milan-San Remo

    Guillaume Prébois came to Ritchey with a plan: to ride the Spring Classics and key Pro Tour stages of 2015 prior to the actual race, give his insight on what the pro peloton would experience and where the crucial moves would happen. What unfolded is something Guillaume calls the #BeforeProject. So we put him on our Superlogic EvoCurve bar, Superlogic C260 stem, WCS Contrail and WCS Zeta II wheels- ensuring he would have the best, near-pro experience while over taking these courses. Below is his take on the historic classic Milan-San Remo.

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  4. Beyond Gravel in Santa Barbara

    Beyond Gravel in Santa Barbara

    Tom just completed a ride that he’s wanted to do for years. Starting in Santa Barbara, the ride goes from Romero Trail to Camino Cielo to Gibralter. Being a typical “Tom Ritchey Route”, the terrain was rough and tough. Check out the photos of Tom and his trusty Ritchey Carbon Break-Away Bike (complete with WCS Zeta wheels and our new VectorEvo Saddle System)!

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  5. Tom Ritchey's 2013 Cape Epic Report

    Tom Ritchey's 2013 Cape Epic Report

    Tom is back from Cape Epic and shares his thoughts and experiences. In modern cycling, term “epic” gets thrown around a lot. Not every long, hard race is worthy of the term, but the Cape Epic is truly epic. Eight days. 698 kilometers (434 miles). Over 15,650 meters of climbing (51,345 vertical feet). It starts in Durbanville and finishes in Lourensford, South Africa, covering some of the roughest country in the world, and the competition is world class. Tom Ritchey has raced the Cape Epic four times, finishing as high as top 50 among the pro’s. “It’s become a meeting round. The Cape Epic has become a highly sought-after win for pro riders. Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel of the Scott-SwissPower team came here to win, and they got humbled. It’s not a normal stage race or mountain bike event…it’s the cycling equivalent of the Baja 500 or Paris Dakar, it’s challenging on a completely different level and things can go very wrong,” Ritchey said.

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  6. Cape Epic 2013 - Stage 1-5 Update from Tom

    Cape Epic 2013 - Stage 1-5 Update from Tom

    Tom Ritchey sent us a very detailed recap from the first few stages of the 2013 Cape Epic. As you may know from previous updates, Tom is partnered up with Alex Stieda. Alex was the first American to wear the Yellow Jersey during his Pro Tour days. He's finished well in many of the hardest road races around the globe, yet has little experience with Mountain Biking. Having this in mind, Tom knows Alex can endure some of the hardest suffering and chose him to partner with in confidence.

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  7. Cape Epic 2013

    Cape Epic 2013

    Tom’s teammate in the Cape epic is Tour de France legend Alex Stieda. In 1986 Stieda wore the Yellow Jersey, the climbers polka dot jersey, the multi-colored jersey, the red and white jerseys of the Tour de France. He was the first North American to lead the Tour de France. So he should be able to hang with Tom!

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  8. Ritchey SwissCross at the 3 Peaks Cyclocross Race

    A Ritchey SwissCross was recently spotted at the 3 Peaks Cyclocross Race in Yorkshire.  Who was riding it? None other than the great Thomas Frischknecht!!

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  9. Interbike, Outdoor Demo and a couple Break-Away bicycles

    The guys from Cosmic Sports, a long time Ritchey Distributor partner in Germany, headed to Vegas prepared...with their own transportation.

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  10. Tom Ritchey Break-Away Adventure July 2008

    In July 2008, Tom hit the road to visit some retailers and explore some incredible places to ride. These Break-Away Adventures as Tom likes to call them are where he finds fertile ground for new product ideas. First stop: Ketchum, Idaho for a visit with Scott Bike USA and the Rosso’s of Elephant’s Perch – both, big supporters of Ritchey products.
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