Ed Hopper: KISS Super League Winner Q&A

Ed Hopper: KISS Super League Winner Q&A

For Round 2 in the KISS Super League on Zwift Team Ribble headed to Innsbruck for four laps of the Innsbruckring route. Zwift, a virtual platform allowing competitors across the world to compete from their own home trainer, has revolutionised esports through their new KISS Super League. In the league, elite riders, including Team Ribble compete on a series of virtual circuits that provide a challenge to every rider.

Through clever use of PowerUps, timing and sheer brute strength Ed Hopper took the victory following a stunning 10km breakaway attempt. Dan Bigham placed second in the sprint classification with the team third in the team competition for an excellent night for the team. We caught up with Ed to get his thoughts on the race:

So Ed, talk us through what triggered the attack?

Ed: To be honest, it was just one of those things! The pace seemed to ease slightly for a second and I thought well it’s been hard but I’m still feeling good! Maybe if I go now I’ll get a gap.

And you never worried about holding it to the line?

Ed: Haha I don’t think I was thinking anything really, it was just hurting too much! I knew however that I could do the power and I had a few handy PowerUps still stored so I knew I’d be able to use them to get the most out of my effort.

You mention the PowerUps, what are these?

Ed: Well there are a couple of different ones, but what was key on this flat circuit was the Aero Boost. Basically it’s like the difference of swapping onto a TT bike for a few seconds! It’s great to see your speed instantly go up, but at the end of the day you have to keep pedalling.

Any other little tricks out there?

Ed: I think the biggest trick was probably doing it in my friend’s garage. Cold and a bit of a draft, it sounds terrible but it’s actually the perfect setup to make sure you’re not overheating and can give your max. Having him there as well to cheer me along too was a great help. I also train a lot on Zwift over the winter as I like how you can structure your efforts but not get bored.

And looking to the future, any more wins out there?

Ed: Well I think I need to recover from this first! But I wouldn’t rule it out on a flat circuit. We’ve a few interesting team tactics as well potentially to keep the other teams on their toes.

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Thanks Ed and make sure you tune in next Wednesday evening on Zwift’s YouTube and Facebook feeds to see how Team Ribble gets on in the next round!

Jake Gray completes Ribble Pro Cycling line-up for 2019

Jake Gray completes Ribble Pro Cycling line-up for 2019

Jake Gray completes the Ribble Pro Cycling team ahead of the 2019 season. Jake, a former Irish National Junior champion, spent 2018 competing for French Elite National team VC Toucy alongside the Irish National team. Through 2019 Jake will balance a UK and European program with Ribble Pro Cycling alongside representing Ireland at a number of prestigious U23 Nations Cup events.

Jake said on his decision to join the team; “ I am super excited to become part of Ribble Pro Cycling. With the team’s transition to UCI Continental status I am excited to become a part of their project and I will be doing everything I can to ensure a successful season for myself, the team and my new teammates. I have learned a lot over the past few seasons and I am grateful to Ribble Pro Cycling for the faith and opportunity they have given me.”

Ribble Pro Cycling added; “When the final spot became available the team faced a really difficult decision on who to fill it. From initial conversations with Jake it was clear he is a dedicated and experienced rider. His skill set will really compliment the teams’ existing riders. Despite his relative young age, he has had a wealth of experience and brings with him an excellent ability to read a race.”

Ribble Pro Cycling have continued to develop year on year and built a sustainable platform for success and progression. The team are competing at a UCI continental level in 2019. Ribble Pro Cycling continue to put their final preparations together ahead of next season ahead of a successful 2018 campaign that included over 100 victories.

For further enquiries contact team@ribbleprocycling.co.uk

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Ribble Pro Cycling to use Limar in 2019.

Ribble Pro Cycling to use Limar in 2019.

Limar are an italian company, with over 30 years experience in the production of cycle helmets, leading the way with the world’s lightest helmet range. Limar has a strong mission: to be “The Helmet Specialist” by offering the market the widest and best range of helmets in terms of lightness, aerodynamics, comfort and fitting.

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At the start of 2018 Limar launched the new aero Air Revolution range of helmets which is a collaboration with the Astana Pro Cycling Team. Extensive computer R&D along with wind tunnel testing at the F1 facility at Magny Cours in France has resulted in a range of helmets specialising in extremely low drag coefficient aerodynamic performance. The team will use the Air Speed model which wind tunnel testing revealed better numbers than some full time trial helmets.

Craig Middleton, Export Manager at Limar said on the partnership “Limar is very pleased to announce and support the Ribble Pro Cycling team for the 2019 season. The team has been the No 1 ranked UK domestic team for the past 2 seasons and we look forward to supplying the team with our aero helmets that will further improve performance for the 2019 season”

Tom Timothy, Ribble Pro Cycling, Team Principal added, “we are really pleased to be working with Limar, their aero offerings tie in perfectly with our ethos and paired with the team edition decals will really stand out in the bunch. It’s exciting to represent the brand and we look forward to debuting them at our first full team camp in December.”

You can view the Limar range in full, read about their custom program for teams and find more information on the brand on their website; https://limar.com/en

Ribble Pro Cycling have continued to develop year on year and built a sustainable platform for success and progression. The team are competing at a UCI continental level in 2019. Ribble Pro Cycling continue to put their final preparations together ahead of next season ahead of a successful 2018 campaign that included over a 100 victories.

For further enquiries contact team@ribbleprocycling.co.uk

#TeamRibble

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Ribble Pro Cycling continue to partner with Secret Training for 2019

Ribble Pro Cycling continue to partner with Secret Training for 2019

Ribble Pro Cycling are delighted to announce Secret Training as their nutrition partner for 2019. Continuing their successful partnership from 2018, the team are extremely happy to continue working with the best nutrition on the market.

Secret Training is the brainchild of European Champion Track Cyclist, Tim Lawson. An elite masters athlete, with over twenty years’ experience in developing the best sports nutrition products, working with athletes from beginners, right up to Olympic medalists and Pro Tour winners.

“Coming from the North West of England where there’s more rainfall than anywhere else in the UK, training in the most extreme of conditions, whether it’s the cross winds of Winter Hill or further afield in the blistering heat of Mount Teide, I needed a range of quality, trustworthy and dependable products, that worked wherever and whenever.” Obsessive and accident prone by his own admission, Tim’s had more than his fair share of spectacular spills which have kept him requiring regular sports therapy to keep him on his trusty steed.

“Having read the lengthy and often scary ingredients list on a variety of labels, it was clear there was scope to create better formulas and work towards a fully, ‘informed sport’ brand. Made for athletes, by athletes.”

Produced with a clear purpose to look after your personal care and nutrition, drilled down to the fundamental need of each of these products and using appropriate technology to provide effective race day solutions, prioritising the health and performance of the athlete. Developed and tested with high speed track cyclists, in the mud of the world cup cyclo-cross circuit and on endurance rides, Secret Training was born.

Tom Timothy, Team Principal, added “Across the board our objective is to work with the best and most forward thinking brands on the market. It’s clear that Secret Training fit into that category. We’ve appreciated Secret Training’s support throughout 2018 and as our riders continue to challenge a diverse range of events, it’s great to have a nutrition supplier that caters for all our needs.”

Ribble Pro Cycling will be utilising the full Secret Training product range.

Secret Trainings full range can be viewed here; https://www.secret-training.com

 

For further enquires contact tom@ribbleprocycling.co.uk

#TeamRibble #STEALTH

 

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