John Archibald takes Dimension Data Jersey at Tour de Yorkshire

John Archibald takes Dimension Data Jersey at Tour de Yorkshire

The race again followed the same route as the women's race, starting in Bridlington and snaking its way across the North Yorkshire Moors national park ending in Scarborough, but encompassing five leg sapping climbs along the way. To add to the difficulty the weather came to test the riders with heavy intermittent rain and 40mph winds. A truly tough day out for everyone involved.

Sunny at the start, but the riders had to face rain, hail and strong winds throughout the stage.

After a really aggressive first 30KM, with John seemingly in every move, the break of the day finally escaped. A group of seven formed with representation from the majority of the UK’s UCI teams alongside some Pro-Continental representation. The break worked effectively for the next period of the race with John contesting the KOM competition racking up points over the days main climbs. Up next came the decisive climb of Lythe Bank where the race split to pieces and the break was absorbed. Under impetus from Team Ineos a group of 20 rode away on the tough ascent which led straight into a cross wind through the feed zone.

John Archibald, active in the break and on the many KOMs.

Alex continued to ride well behind and crossed the line 39th in another select group 2’54” behind the suprise winner from Riwal-Readynez.

Following in his team mates footsteps John finished the day in the Dimension Data combative jersey and another trip for Team Ribble to the podium!

Podium Photo @craigzad


"Short and Tricky": Stage 2 Tour de Yorkshire Report

"Short and Tricky": Stage 2 Tour de Yorkshire Report

Following the women's race this morning over exactly the same course the riders face a, short, albeit tricky 132 km stage, encompassing the finishing circuit of this year’s Road World Championships in Harrogate.

With the success of the breakaway yesterday, more teams showed their intentions in the early stages of keeping any break under a tight leash. A group escaped after 15 KM and the gap hovered around a minute. During the next 40km a number of riders including our own Zeb Kyffin and Scott Auld tried tentative moves to slip away from the bunch and other than a duo of Wiggins riders who managed to bridge across to the break they were nullified by the peloton. The Wiggins duo made group of six up front that went on to contest the day’s only KOM competition.

Moving into the final 30 KM the six riders still hung out front, their gap fluctuating between 30 and 45 seconds, before being absorbed by the peloton with 10 KM left to race. This catch then reignited the race and over the next 5 KM’s a number of riders tried their luck as the race moved onto more narrow roads. With the combined power of CCC and Axeon the race was brought back under control with 4 KM left to race. The race was poised for a sprint finish. A chaotic finished eschewed with a downpour of rain making things even more difficult. Alex was regularly seen towards the fore before a late crash impacted his chances. All riders finished safely in what remained of the peloton after a difficult day for the riders, with Scott placing 27th at the end.

We caught up with Scott who talked us through a chaotic sprint: "We had a chat halfway through and decided it was worth a go at the end, so me and Alex decided to work together and get up there. It was pretty twisty however in the run in and plenty of near misses. Unfortunately this made it a bit tricky to get right up there, but we’ve still got 2 more chances to get on that podium!”


Dan Bigham takes Dimension Data Jersey at Tour de Yorkshire

Dan Bigham takes Dimension Data Jersey at Tour de Yorkshire

A heavy downpour in the neutral section made the early stages of the race frantic and very stressful for the riders. It took nearly 30 KM until the peloton was happy with a composition of riders and the early break was formed. Zeb had a minor crash but as Team Innos shut the race down behind the breakaway he quickly rejoined the peloton.

Signing on in the sun. The day quickly changed.

The group of six quickly established a lead of over a minute as they contended with a winding run through Yorkshire villages and almost constant downpours. Dan contested the race’s intermediate competitions placing 3rd in the first sprint, but it was over the days only KOM the Cote de Bagby Hill that the breakaway was whittled down. Dan was 2nd over the summit but the break was reduced to 4.

Over the next 50 KM the quartet worked brilliantly, working in a team time trial formation, Dan regularly traded long turns with his companions, easily recognisable by his superb aero position.  

As the race moved into the final stages the quartet still held a gap of 20 seconds with 2KM to go, a tailwind really benefiting the riders in the break and the continued to cooperate until the final 600m where the riders opened up a their sprints, forced to by the peloton bearing down on them. Despite being swamped on the line Dan held on for a position just outside the top 10 and with it took the Dimension Data jersey for the race’s most combative.

We caught up with Dan after to get his thoughts: “The team had a plan today, and we executed it perfectly. We knew there was the chance to get in the move and when it went the group seemed ideal. With the weather, it was a long, hard day and I’m pretty sure that showed to anyone watching at the end! We’re looking forward to the challenge of the next 3 days.”


Intack Self Drive partners with Ribble Pro Cycling

Intack Self Drive partners with Ribble Pro Cycling

Intack Self Drive partners with Ribble Pro Cycling for 2019

Ribble Pro Cycling are delighted to announce their latest partnership with Intack Self Drive. Intack Self Drive is one of the largest privately owned self drive rental companies in Lancashire and indeed the North West of England. With the team facing a variety of logistical challenges throughout the season, not least the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire, Intack Self Drive’s over 150 years combined experience in vehicle rental will be invaluable for the team.

The team has chosen to utilise a Volkswagen Transporter Kombi and 2 Hyundai i40 estate cars. The flexible nature of Intack Self Drive means that the team were able to exactly spec their requirements and be provided with an ideal solution. With the added capability of a van in addition to spacious estate cars, the team will be sure to be travelling in style regardless of event. Added capacity will also allow us to ensure our riders perform at their best by providing a travelling mechanical workshop.


Tom Timothy, Team Principal, said “We’re delighted to have the support of Rob Entwistle, Lee Grendall, Russell Kerr, and all the team at Intack Self Drive. As a company local to Ribble itself, we see this as a natural fit and we’re certain their support will be invaluable as the season continues and the challenges for the team get even bigger.”

Look out for the team vehicles across the country and on the television in this years Tour de Yorkshire and make sure to check out Intack Self Drive for all your vehicle requirements. Be it daily hire, flexi hire or contract hire Intack Self Drive has it covered. With a fleet of over 350 vehicles and the promise not to be beaten on price, you’re sure to be in good hands!



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.


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!