Gallery: The cyclocross race that was testing riders long before gravel was cool

The Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross race traverses the Yorkshire Dales annually - here's our gallery from Britain's toughest race

Three peaks cyclocross rider
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

The Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross race refuses to be called a gravel event. But, pictures from Sunday's edition attest to the fact that this annual scramble through the Yorkshire Dales could certainly rival some of the most iconic gravel events in the global calendar. 

The Three Peaks organisers are keen to remain true to the cyclocross history of the fabled event. Flat bar bikes are banned. Whilst the rules state that the 'spirit of the race' favours a cyclocross bike, gravel bikes have - perhaps reluctantly - been permitted in recent years.

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Snowdon Sports is a long-established independent sports news agency, which supplies editorial to a range of media outlets - such as Cycling Weekly - as well as sports governing bodies. Snowdon Sports often covers results at Cycling Time Trials events in the UK and has long been a source of information and imagery to Cycling Weekly.