Riding the 2019 Ridley X-Night SL cyclocross bike at Gavere

Ridley’s top cyclocross bike is designed to be light and responsive

(Image credit: Guido Pas)

It’s not often we get to ride a top flight cyclocross bike on a professional course. But Ridley invited Cycling Weekly to ride the Superprestige Gavere course on its latest X-Night SL the day before the races, when the course was already marked out, although not as chewed up as when the pros took to it on the Sunday.

The first thing you notice is how agile the X-Night SL is in tight corners and when picking a line. It’s easy to turn, but still has plenty of stability to tackle faster sections of the course.

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