Success in Belgium

Success in Belgium

The team spent the weekend in West Flanders, racing on Friday in Roselere and Sunday in Moorslade. With six riders and the support of Matt we had high hopes. The results didn't disappoint with Alex sprinting to the win from a select group on Friday after 30 laps of
a technical and windy 3.5km circuit. The team paved the way for that victory reducing the field to 35 riders within the first 30mins of racing exploiting both the technical nature of the circuit and the strong wind. Sunday saw another windy, technical circuit with a small climb into a longer crosswind section which was identified as the most important part of the race. Represented in every move in the race the team picked up nine primes on the way to a 3rd and 4th place finish for Gruff and Alex.

Alex Luhrs: "Coming into Roeselare kermesse I was quietly confident, coming close in a number of occasions last year. After a day of travel we had a plan to be aggressive early on, hoping to clear the legs and almost make a statement. A combination of good work by all the lads combined with cross winds if doom and dead turns caused a number of splits which stayed away to the finish with myself making the front move. Coming into the finish, the race was typically Belgian, number of attacks and surges with one lad getting a 25metre gap. Luckily I had the gas to hit the front early at 350m go long, bring the line rider back and take the win. My first win in Belgium and one I'll remember for a long time."

Matt Cronshaw: "Coming into the weekend racing in Belgium, I could see that everyone was coming in with great motivation. We took a bit of a gamble, choosing to opt out of reservoir, so the guys were keen to make the most of the trip.

The first of the circuits was short, tight and really windy and the decision was made to take the race on from the front. In notoriously chaotic racing
its a brave tactic but they came out on top with Alex winning from the reduced group, split by their efforts earlier in the race.

After the win, the confidence in the team was understandably high and we went into Sundays race with the anticipation of replicating Fridays result. Again, the team took the race on from the front asserting their confidence and ability, representing every split and breakaway whilst the race deminished behind.

As I think about my role within the team, to spark conversation and analysis of races and potential tactics, it's been amazing to see the guys adopting this attitude, putting it into practice and making it work out in the road."

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.

For more information please contact:
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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


For more information on the Ribble Ultra TT and Tri bikes, please visit:


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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.