Ribble Pro Cycling are delighted to announce the final rider to complete the 14-man roster for the 2018 season, Gruffudd Lewis. Gruff is a very experienced rider and has previously ridden for established UK teams; UK Youth, Pedal Heaven and most recently Madison Genesis. Gruff is at home on the road, criteriums or on the cyclocross bike and yesterday was crowned Welsh National Cyclocross champion. Gruff will bring his wealth of experience to the team and he sets some lofty ambitions on the road in 2018.

Gruff Lewis: “Matt Cronshaw called me and expressed interest in me joining Ribble Pro Cycling for 2018. The ethos of the team aligns closely with my own personal goals and the prospect of working again with Matt, a highly experienced race tactician instantly appealed to me. I've seen how the team is able to perform on the biggest domestic stages as well as internationally so I knew there would be space for me to continue my ambitions while helping represent Ribble. It's a really exciting project and I can't wait to get stuck in, start racing and help the team grow!

Jack Rees, Team Owner, added “Gruff found himself in a difficult position with many UK teams reducing numbers or disbanding. Luckily we are fortunate to be in the strongest position that we have ever been in as we progress sustainably towards our aim of UCI status by 2019. We're looking to build further on our national titles and our position as number 1 ranked team in the UK in 2017 and Gruff will be a key part of this. It was clear from speaking to Gruff he is an incredibly passionate and motivated athlete and will be an invaluable asset to the team. It’s also exciting for me that Gruff can work very closely with Matt Cronshaw, our general manager, both have enjoyed a successful working relationship in the past and I am delighted to reconnect that.”

Ribble Pro Cycling continue to put their final preparations together ahead of next season ahead of a successful 2017 campaign that included eight national titles and over one hundred race victories. Make sure to follow us on social media to be kept up to date with our continued success!

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For further enquiries contact Jack@ribbleprocycling.co.uk