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.
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.
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