Pelotan to sponsor Ribble Pro Cycling for 2018 season

Pelotan to sponsor Ribble Pro Cycling for 2018 season

Cycling specific sun protection brand Pelotan has announced it will sponsor the UK’s #1 domestic team Ribble Pro Cycling for the 2018 season.

Designed specifically for cyclists, Pelotan is a ‘once a day’, water and sweat resistant sun protection brand that allows riders to stay in the saddle longer, perfecting those ultra-sharp tanlines from sunrise to sunset. The company’s flagship product is an alcohol based spray which is clear, quickly absorbed, lightweight and breathable and has been tested as lasting up to 8 hours at SPF 30 – meaning you can focus on a full day in the saddle without risking skin damage.

 Training in the sun, protection is crucial!

Training in the sun, protection is crucial!

Jack Rees, Owner at Ribble Pro Cycling said “We are continually searching for innovative companies to work with, as an ambitious UK based start-up Pelotan perfectly fits that category and our ethos. With a busy summer calendar and some long days on the bike, the all-day protection that Pelotan offers will ensure the riders are kept shielded against UV and ensure those tan lines are kept razor sharp.”

Tom Austen, Director at Pelotan said “Pelotan are proud to support incredible cycling teams throughout their seasons, from training camps to races. We develop premium sun protection products with the performance cyclist in mind as we firmly believe that in a world of marginal gains, comfortable riders race harder. Our formula enables our teams to train, race and recover for longer - from sunrise to sunset. As the UK’s #1 domestic team, we are delighted to partner with Ribble Pro Cycling and we are looking forward to working with the team for the 2018 season any beyond.”

Pelotan are launching via a dedicated ecommerce website – on May 29th and are also running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo – to help fund new product development and to launch internationally after the end of the European season. The product will also be available in the Rouleur Emporium.

Pelotan are offering crowdfunding packages including limited edition jerseys designed in collaboration with Isadore, bidons and exclusive experiences with Ribble Pro Cycling including a day following the team at a UK race including a trip in the team car, plus specially designed Ribble Pro Cycling training plans.

For more information please visit where further details of the product and crowdfunding campaign can be found.

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Ribble Cycles launches new Ultra TT and Ultra Tri models

Ribble Cycles launches new Ultra TT and Ultra Tri models

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Ribble Cycles launches today their new range-topping Ultra TT and Tri models; Ribble's fastest ever bikes.

Andy Smallwood CEO of Ribble Cycles said, “The brief for the new Ribble Ultra TT was to develop a superfast and versatile platform to give TT and Tri riders a World Class product capable of excelling at the very highest level.”

That brief was well exceeded - after rigorous design, prototyping and aerodynamic analysis the final CFD and real-world testing indicated a drag saving of up to 30% for the bike and up to 2.2% for bike and rider over the initial prototypes across a YAW sweep of -15 to +15 degrees. This saving equates to a bike and rider gain of up to 1.4% vs the benchmark and bike that 7 times national champion Dan Bigham raced on in 2017. The real-world time gain vs the first prototypes equates to up to a 23 second saving based on the test rider racing a flat 25-mile (40.2km) time trial at 29mph (46.6kph). 

Taking a holistic approach to the R&D process, the bike and rider as a whole package was always taken into consideration with the test rider being digitally scanned to ensure consistency across CFD and real-world testing. This made sure that any gain made on the bike and frameset design translated into an actual real world gain when the riders interaction with the bike and airflow was taken into account.

The performance tuned, full carbon Ultra TT and TRI framesets have been aerodynamically optimised for real world racing conditions. The tube profile design for the frame and forks was developed around truncated aerofoils with front and rear brakes being integrated into the frame design. This maximises the airflow across the bike without compromising braking performance or accessibility for maintenance. The importance of the aerodynamic impact of the rider has also been taken into consideration; with a high level of contact point adjustability and compatibility with all aftermarket cockpit options to enable a rider to achieve their perfect fit and position. 

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The high grade, unidirectional carbon frame has also been optimised for maximal power transfer and an element of compliance where required. Rear facing drop outs allow the rear wheel to be positioned as close as possible to the specially shaped seat tube improving airflow and creating a shorter, stiffer rear triangle whilst also allowing adjustment for tyres up to 25mm width. 

Continuing the no compromise aerodynamic theme, the componentry and finishing kit for all build options has been carefully selected, utilising the aerodynamic positional analysis and race proven preferences of Ribble Pro Cycling team riders including Dan Bigham to give the Ultra TT and Tri rider a further performance advantage.

When it comes to feeding the Ultra Tri has it covered, accommodating three custom feed boxes (which come supplied as standard). All three composite boxes are easily detachable and the drinks straw on the fully integrated, washable drink box is hinged to offer different angles. 

Dan Bigham, 7 times British National Time Trial Champion says, “Making the jump from the established high-level TT bike I rode last season was always going to be daunting but Ribble have put the groundwork and R&D in to bring the team a bike that is able to take on the best. Our testing shows we are right on the money and will be able to continue to challenge for the win at both domestic and international time trial competitions.


The Ultra TT is available from £2,199 and Ultra TRI starting at £2,499with the following specs currently available:


Ultra TT

1.    Shimano 105, Vision 35, Zipp/USE Finishing Kit - £2,199

2.    Ultegra Di2, Vision 35, Zipp/USE Finishing Kit - £3,499

3.    Dura-Ace, Zipp Sub 9 Disc and 454 front, USE Finishing Kit - £8,999

4.    Frame only - £1,499


Ultra TRI

1.    Shimano 105, Vision 35, Carbon/USE Finishing Kit - £2,499

2.    Ultegra Di2, Vision 35, Carbon/USE Finishing Kit - £3,799

3.    Dura-Ace Di2, Zipp 808 rear and front, Carbon/USE Finishing Kit - £6,999

4.    Frame only - £1,999


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A Happy Easter

A Happy Easter

The Easter weekend saw the team head to Kerry in Ireland to compete for the first time in the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan, ran over four stages and 500km. Despite some lingering illness from Tour de Tunisia, difficult weather conditions and a lack of racing going into the race, the team performed well across the four days. With a busy spring period approaching, the race was an invaluable part of the team's buildup and the team therefore approached the event eager to ride strongly.

With a perfect start through a stage 1 win from Alex, the team took the yellow jersey at the earliest opportunity. The team rallied around Alex to support him and ensure Ribble Pro Cycling remained at the front of the constant action. After an unfortunate breakaway however, the team revised its goals and Alex rose to the challenge, taking a narrow 2nd place on the final stage and winning the overall Points classification. Coming home with 2 podiums and a jersey clearly shows the strength of the team and Alex for the forthcoming challenges.

 Alex Luhrs: “The race has been fantastic in both the route, field and organisation, we have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love return to the Ras Mumhan next year.”

Alex Luhrs: “The race has been fantastic in both the route, field and organisation, we have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love return to the Ras Mumhan next year.”

After his support in Tunisia, the team was delighted to link up again with Sean McNicholl, who provided excellent guidance and management of the team with his wealth of experience as a sports director. Thanks also go to: Peter McBride who kept the fleet of Ribble 883’s in perfect condition all weekend; Leighton Bradgate, who took care of evening massages; Paula McNicholl, a great soigneur. Without their support the race wouldn’t have been possible and the whole team were extremely grateful for their assistance.

Back in the UK, Ed led a strong performance at the Danum Trophy. In one of the strongest Nat B fields assembled so far this year he made the race winning move at the halfway point eventually sprinting to 3rd.

 Ed takes 3rd. Photo: VeloUK

Ed takes 3rd. Photo: VeloUK

Juniors Joe and Matty rode the IMann 2-Day Trophy in Northumberland, horrendous conditions characterised both days with both riders performing strongly narrowly missing out of the Junior competition.

In the first open time trial of the year Si took a convincing win in the Manchester Wheelers Bicycle Club 10.

Photos courtesy Ras Mumhan and VeloUK


Team Ribble off to a flying start!

Team Ribble off to a flying start!

This week signified the start of our season proper. Despite a win at Gifford in early March we viewed the UCI 2.2 Tour of Tunisie as our first real goal.

The race proved a turbulent experience for both riders and staff with strong winds, minus temperatures and frozen conditions blighting much of the race - not what was anticipated or forecasted for the North African country which borders the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert. The boys suffered valiantly in the conditions with Gruff narrowly missing out on a better result on Stage 1. With the race splitting in the crosswinds and the team putting four riders in the leading group of twenty, we misjudged the finish slightly and Gruff ended in a disappointing albeit solid 7th which signified the team’s intentions for the remainder of the race. Into Stage 2, in one word, epic. David Hewett the only rider to finish, one of only eleven left in the race, as sleet, high winds and freezing rain battered the race for each of the 172 km. Stage 3 the weather proved to be too much and the stage was cancelled, an excellent decision on behalf of the race organisation. This meant the Tour ended with two stages, David finishing 8th on GC, picking up his and the teams first UCI points of the season.


After a days travel and rest the team rallied for the final race of the trip, a re-organised UCI 1.2 race the 202 km GP Pharmacy. Again a day of heavy rain was forecast. The team set out with the intention of working for Gruff, who duly delivered. Attacking a break of three riders deep into the race he rode the last 12km solo to win - the best way as the only rider in the picture. A fantastic win which topped off a great trip for the team.

Closer to home the riders that remained in the UK produced some excellent performances, undoubtedly motivated by Gruff’s Tunisian success. Due to illness and injury the team was down to three riders at these events. First up was Lancaster University Spring Circuit race at Salt Ayre. The trio attacking heavily from the outset forced both Si and Alex clear within the first 5km, the duo never looked backed establishing a 30 sec lead that never faltered crossing the line together for a 1,2, Jack narrowly missing the clean sweep in 4th. Onto Sunday the Coalville Wheelers RR the long running National B over 130 km. A strong Vitus Pro Cycling presence added a further dimension to the race. The pace was high throughout with no group getting more than 20 seconds for the first 90 km, then finally a group of ten managed to forge out a small lead on the peloton. With Alex present for the team and four Vitus riders the break had enough collective firepower to maintain the gap to the final lap. The final 1 km included a punchy 400m climb before a false flat finish. This turned out to be perfect for Alex as the group of ten contested the win, Alex hit the front towards the top of the climb and never looked back taking a great win. Behind Jack won the sprint from what remained of the peloton.


Also on Sunday still carrying fatigue from Tunisia, Tom and Ronnie combined well for 2nd and 4th in the final round of the Bike Inn Spring Shield in Middlesbrough.

Next up for the team is the 4-day Ras Muhan in Kerry which starts on Good Friday.


Many thanks to VeloUK and Ellen Isherwood for the pictures as always.


Gifford, Scotland and Robocop! Q&A with John Archibald

Gifford, Scotland and Robocop! Q&A with John Archibald

Last weekend the Scottish race calendar kicked off in style, with the Gifford Road Race. The first of the major Scottish road events, Ribble Pro Cycling were keen to put on a good show, especially with our resident Scotsman, John Archibald always looking to impress a home crowd...which I think it's fair to say he did!

The team rode well and John put to use the world-class numbers he'd been showing at the team's training camp in Calpe, securing a solo victory in horrendous conditions. The team also took 2nd place with Will 'Ronnie' Corbett, 5th (Will Brown), 6th (Jack Rees) and 7th (Alex Luhrs). It's fair to say the team raced from the front and the Santini reef jerseys did a great job keeping the riders warm enough to deliver the results! We caught up with John after the race to get his thoughts on how it all went.

So John when you got up this morning and saw heavy rain, what went through your mind?

I've always liked the Gifford Race and the bad weather certainly doesn't put me off. The 105km route is testing enough to force moves, but not brutal enough to force abandons... until you throw 2 degrees and rain into the mix. Being a true Scotsman though I fully believe in the saying 'there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing' so I made sure I was well wrapped up! Personally, I was looking for a good dose of training load before heading to Gold Coast in 2 weeks. A 2.5 hour road race is something I can't replicate on my turbo, so I was looking forward to it regardless of the weather.

 John and Will just starting to put the hurt on the bunch....

John and Will just starting to put the hurt on the bunch....

You mention the kit, and we've seen a few references to Robocop....

Hahaha, I'm a fan of the Vanquish helmet, my preference being with a visor for maximum visibility. The aesthetics seem to be debated, but it also provides the perfect "poker face" when the hurt is on. It's faster than other helmets, kept me warm and I do like Robocop after all!

So talk us through the race, what went on?

The race followed a typical Scottish format of stinging attacks going off the front and the concertinaed whiplash of riders drag it back. I could see Will Corbett, Will Brown and Alex Luhrs prominent in the early moves and this gave me a full lap in the wheels to gradually move my way up.

It was in the 2nd lap of 8, as we descended into Gifford, that I got away. More of a soft tap off the front, I think the field had realised they couldn't chase every move all day. A 2-up TT with Dylan Hughes followed, until Will Corbett sweetly bridged across to us with just under half the race remaining. Our gap on the chasing breakaway then grew from 30 to 90 seconds and it seemed clear we would hold it all the way. Meanwhile, Jack Rees, Richard Jones and the aforementioned 3 Ribble team mates were still ready to jump on any threatening moves in the following group should the need arise.

 The 3 man break with John and Will 'Ronnie' Corbett driving the pace.

The 3 man break with John and Will 'Ronnie' Corbett driving the pace.


Having been communicating with Will throughout the race, he put in a few lengthy spells before we hit the downhill section leading into a tailwind. Here I made my move and escaped for victory. Will made his move with just over 1km to go and put Dylan into 3rd place.

Sounds like it played out perfectly, especially with the team taking the front places in the bunch kick behind. What do you do to make sure you're well fuelled for long solo moves like you do?

Having ridden the race at around 350w, there was a lot of energy expended and it was vital to keep eating. Having eaten 5 gels within the distance, I do consider myself a bit of a gel monger, so kudos to secret training for making them palatable! Everyone is struggling to grab nutrition out their back pocket with frozen hands and then dribbling them down their face with lips that won't move properly, but it all makes a great picture for reports like this. Other than that I just make sure I eat well beforehand, the team enjoy joking around a bit how I've got to have my porridge before, got to embrace the stereotypes.

 Soloing in to take the win!

Soloing in to take the win!

So what's next for you?

Well I'm obviously looking forward to the Commonwealth games and the track and road events there. More training, more racing and more results to report upon hopefully in the future!


Thanks John for taking the time to chat after the race and give us this run down. We'll make sure to keep you up to date with how things go in Australia for all our riders, with us having multiple representatives there. Finally a big thanks to all the organisers of the Gifford Road Race and to Ian Henderson for his photos to show quite how cold and wet it was.

 The team at the front of the bunch sprint behind...

The team at the front of the bunch sprint behind...