Ronde Van Calderdale

Designed to mimic the cobbled challenge of Flanders

Welcome to the Ronde Van Calderdale, also know as The RVC. The RVC is a ride designed to mimic the cobbled challenge of Flanders. This event quickly became iconic following publicity from British Cycling back in 2012 for its 14 cobbled climbs, the warm welcome and hospitality from our volunteers and the incredible scenery in the Kirklees and Calderdale districts of Yorkshire.

It is run by a team of volunteers at Kirklees Cycling Academy, a club that was founded in 2010 with the objective of supporting the development of competitive cyclists aged 6 upwards through to the BC Olympic Programme and into professional sport. All proceeds from the RVC are used to further access to quality coaching, rollers, subsidised race clothing and high quality race bikes (road / track and cyclo-cross).

The event has only a medium distance of circa 58 miles and 13 cobbled climbs, and a long distance of 74 miles and 14 cobbled climbs. Both represent a real challenge.

To all entrants and friends of the RVC. As you will know from Government announcements, the 2020 RVC event has been postponed and is currently rescheduled for September 13th 2020. We can defer entries to that date, or to the 2021 event which is currently scheduled for April 4th. Like you, we are disappointed but we accept the position is most unusual and of course, way beyond our control.

As we have committed funds to gifts for this year, entries and already provided £2400 of funding to Mason Hollyman and Jordan Reed, both ex-KCA riders and now with Team Zappi and we committed funds to the Trust set up in memory of Daz Speight we hope you are all happy that this along with the ability to defer is acceptable. We have always avoided refunds and gone for a switch or defer strategy and this has always proved acceptable and so far the good wishes and acceptance of this position has been fantastic, thank you all.

We hope you are all ok, our prayers and best wishes are with all RVC friends, partners at Veloskin, Empire Brewing, Spen Valley High School, past and present and with your families, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

One thing we can probably say with certainty is, you cannot replace the RVC with a Zwift session, well, we would say that wouldn’t we…

Darren and the RVC team

Ronde Van Calderdale


58 Miles

13 cobbled climbs



74 Miles

14 cobbled climbs


The KCA and RVC organising committee wish to thank everyone that has participated in the RVC events so far. Together you have helped create funds in excess of £15,000 that has helped us to support over 10 riders onto the Olympic apprenticeship, several into semi-professional race teams and several onto Team GB Road and Track teams. Your participation and support is what makes this possible.

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