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EVENTS: Celebrating the World Championships & their return to the UK in 2019

The elite men’s and women’s road race UCI World Championship titles will be decided in Doha this weekend where it might not just be a case of who are the strongest riders, but also which riders can handle the stifling heat in Qatar.

One of the favourites for the elite men’s time trial title, on Wednesday, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin faded to finish eleventh and put it down to the heat and perhaps not being on top form.

Worlds come to the north

At Ribble, we are also thrilled to see that the 2019 UCI World Championships will be hosted in the north of England. We’re sure that our neighbours o’er the moss in Yorkshire will put on a good show and it would be extra special if they devised a course that suited top British mountain men like the Lancastrian Yates brothers!

To get you fired up for the Worlds we’ve found archive footage of the two previous World Championships held on UK soil in 1970 and 1982. Enjoy.

1970 Worlds in Leicester

 1982 Worlds at Goodwood

FOCUS: Getting the edge with the new Garmin 820

GPS technology has made a huge impact on cycling in recent years. What started out initially as basic navigation tools are now used to record all kinds of data about your rides (and with the Edge 820 those of your friends) and is even used to live track the progress of the top pro riders on the road in the biggest races.

Garmin are the undisputed leaders in GPS products for cyclists and the Edge 820 is the latest in the company’s line-up and aimed to keep you more connected than ever on your rides.


As well as the main features such as touchscreen navigation that you’ve come to expect from Garmin products the Edge 820 has new features aimed at keeping you connected with family and other riders out on the road through the GroupTrack feature.

GroupTrack connects your Garmin to your smartphone and allows you to track other riders within a ten mile radius which is useful on a group ride or checking if your friends are out riding as well. The accelerometer feature is designed to detect if you’ve had a crash and can send a message to the emergency services with your location.




Cycling Weekly magazine tested the Edge 820 in August – “Connectivity-wise, the Garmin Edge 820 is compatible with ANT+ sensors, and has a number of different metrics that will interest those doing serious training and riding with a power meter and a heart rate strap.  Namely it will estimate your VO2 Max and will also advise on how much recovery you should take after a ride.”

The Garmin Edge 820 is also compatible with Garmin’s range of Varia products which mean that you could project your stats onto your sunglasses and use with the Varia rear light and radar which warns you of cars approaching from behind.

“My favourite computer than Garmin has ever produced”

“Out of the box and the unit is very sleek with a smooth glass front and the buttons very well hidden at the bottom and sides of the unit. Aesthetically, this is my favourite computer than Garmin has ever produced,” say Cycling Weekly.

Garmin GroupTrack


If you ride with friends, now you can use GroupTrack to keep an eye on everyone in your pack, even if someone pulls ahead or falls behind. Just glance at your Edge to see the connected riders in your group as dots on the map. If someone stops, their dot becomes a hexagonal stop sign, telling you how long they’ve been stationary. Also, see other riders in your group in list view, where you’ll be able to see their current speeds and how far they are from you. Although the ability to be seen is available to all riders using a LiveTrack-compatible Edge or Forerunner® device, cyclists must be equipped with an Edge 820 or Edge Explore 820 to view others on the map.

Time to upgrade?

Either side of the Edge 820 sit the top of the range Edge 1000 and the Edge 820 Explore which is cheaper but does not have the same performance features.

“A pleasure to use,” Cycling Weekly concluded about the Edge 820 so perhaps it’s time to upgrade your Garmin or enjoy GPS technology for the first time.

See full details of the Garmin Edge 820 here

  • Lightweight and compact with 2.3-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch display that works with gloves and when wet
  • GroupTrack1 feature keeps tabs on everyone in your riding pack
  • Advanced performance monitoring includes VO2 max, recovery advisor, Strava live segments, FTP, performance condition and advanced cycling dynamics2
  • Built-in incident detection3 included; compatible with cycling awareness accessories such as Varia Vision™, Varia™ smart bike lights and rearview radar
  • Bike-specific navigation pre-loaded with Garmin Cycle Map for turn-by-turn navigation

Garmin is a world leader in satellite navigation and GPS technology. Since it was established in 1989 Garmin has been creating pioneering products to appeal to a wide range of customers. These include motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts, as well as leisure users in the aviation and marine markets. Over the past decade Garmin has been at the forefront of cutting-edge GPS technology and has led the way in setting industry standards. All Garmin units are made to be as user-friendly as possible. With simple operations, logical menus, smart features, and easy-to-follow manuals, each product is built to be intuitive and fun to use. The Edge and Forerunner product range offer all the features you would need maximize your training.

NEW IN: See What you’ve been missing with Oakley


Oakley have been designing state-of-the-art shades since 1984 and they are the choice of no fewer than six pro World Tour teams as well as riders like Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armitstead.

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Oakley Evzero.

They are the go-to brand for so many cyclists thanks to their unique blend of great optical quality and eye-catching, innovative design. As Cycling Weekly put it succinctly, “When it comes to sunglasses, Oakley is hard to beat.”

Oakley worked in collaboration with former World road race champion Mark Cavendish to create the most popular pair of sunglasses in the pro peloton, the Jawbreaker. Together they produced a pair of distinctive sunglasses that are guaranteed to get your friends talking.

Known for its wide, wraparound lens, the Jawbreaker offers excellent peripheral vision with a wide uninhibited view. Adjustable arms ensure a good fit as does the comfortable nose piece.

Off, or on, the bike the distinctive Turbine has Oakley’s HD Polarized lenses which filter out 99% of reflected glare without the haze and optical distortion that can come with other traditional polarized lenses.

Mark Cavendish Edition Jawbreakers.

Oakley innovation has reached the pinnacle of performance by offering everything from surge ports, for cooling airflow, to Unobtainium® components for a comfortably secure fit.

The hassle-free lens changing of Switchlock™ technology for vision optimisation in any lighting conditions. Choose the optimum lens for the prevailing light conditions with ease.

With a 40-year heritage of uncompromising excellence meeting the needs of world-class athletes isn’t it time that you decided to see what all the fuss is about?.


GUIDE: Top Picks from our Recommended Cold Weather Favourites

A handpicked selection of some of our top Cold Weather Favourites… Ribble recommended Autumn products from Sealskinz, Spokesman, Endura, Campagnolo, Lusso and Elite…

USE CODE: COLD10 at checkout to save an extra 10% on these top Autumn/Winter picks.

Spokesman Merino JerseySpokesman Merino Jersey

Based on the Merino Thermoseal jacket, this jersey is an all-round versatile garment. It is constructed from New Zealand Merino Sportswool™. The fabric has a polyester facing for durability but a merino inner layer for thermoregulation. It is a soft and comfortable fabric which is also highly breathable.

  • New Zealand Merino Sportswool™
  • High Wicking and Hydrophobic
  • 3 pockets on rear and zipped valuable pocket.

RRP £100.00
Save 10% on RRP
Our Price £90.00


Endura BaaBaa Merino L/S Base LayerEndura BaaBaa Merino L/S Base Layer

Enjoy the naturally insulating and low odour properties of fine gauge Merino wool. Cycling Plus gave this 9/10 – “Silky-soft woollen baselayer offering plenty of warmth” – High warmth/weight ratio even when wet. All seams flatlocked for comfort Athletic fit.

RRP £39.99
WAS £40.84
Our Price £36.76



Sealskinz Performance Thermal Road Cycle GlovesSealskinz Performance Thermal Road Cycle Gloves

Premium gloves crafted from the finest components including digitally textured leather palms and Kevlar reinforced palm padding for grip and comfort. Totally waterproof, breathable and windproof ideal for keeping warm and dry during your Autumn and Winter riding.

RRP £55.00
WAS £41.95
Our Price £37.76


Sealskinz Thermal Liner SocksSealskinz Thermal
Liner Socks

Close fitting, ankle length Merino wool inner socks for additional insulation.
Can also be worn on their
own as a warm and cosy
pair of socks.

RRP £10.00
WAS £8.99
Our Price £8.09


Sealskinz Windproof Skull CapSealskinz Windproof Skull Cap

Close fitting, lightweight and breathable skull cap designed to be worn under a helmet. This sets the standard for additional three season protection against cold-weather.

RRP £20.00
WAS £14.99
Our Price £13.49


Sealskinz Merino Liner GlovesSealskinz Merino Liner Gloves

Increased comfort and moisture control with these close fitting inner gloves in fine Merino wool. Ideal to wear under waterproof gloves to provide additional insulation.

RRP £10.00
WAS £7.50
Our Price £6.75



Campagnolo Super Record Thermal BottleCampagnolo Super Record Thermal Bottle

Easy to grip, ergonomically shaped bottle featuring Campagnolo’s membrane technology. Thermal for 4 hours. Dishwasher safe and BPA free. Capacity: 500ml.

RRP £20.95
RRP £19.99
Our Price £17.99


Elite Nanogelite Thermal 4hr BottleElite Nanogelite Thermal 4hr Bottle

A ‘twin’ bottle construction with a full wrap of Elite’s Nanogel, a solid insulating material. Thermal for up to 4 hours. Easy to grip bottle that will fit in most standard bottle cages. Capacity: 500ml.

RRP £17.99
WAS £14.99
Our Price £13.49



Lusso Thermal Roubaix Tights (with pad)Lusso Thermal Roubaix Tights (with pad)

Thermal Roubaix fabric designed to keep you warm while wicking away moisture to keep you dry. Features Lusso’s pro gel pad and foot loops to help keep the tights in place.

RRP £65.99
WAS £61.99
Our Price £55.79


Ribble Roubaix Knee WarmersRibble Roubaix Knee Warmers

Roubaix lined leg warmers for when the temperatures start to drop. Pre-contoured construction offering a superior fit,
for extra comfort for the colder rides. With silicon leg grippers.

RRP £18.99
WAS £9.99
Our Price £20.00



Team Ribble: Ailbhe goes top 10 in European Cup Triathlon

Since my last tri race in Malmo, Sweden, I’ve raced in both Denmark and France. If only fitness was gained at the same rate as air miles, hey!

The European Cup round in Denmark coincided with the Nordic Championships and had only a small number of starters. I went into it wearing no. 9 on my arm and was ever so hopeful of ‘beating’ my race number. My original goal was a top 10 and my edited goal, closer to the race with the excitement building, was a top 5. On the day I managed ninth place and achieved my original goal and my first European Cup top 10 in a senior field. First international top 10… I will take it.


I forgot my biking legs

Was I disappointed? Yeah. Why? Well… a trending pattern this year is that I seem to forget to pack at least one of my three abilities be it swim, bike or run. This race it was my biking legs! Will I ever pack them all for the same event? I do hope so!

The race went as follows: a sea swim with approximately 300 metres to the first buoy which meant not so much hustling and bustling to get to the front as soon as possible. I appreciated this and made it to the first buoy in fourth place sitting on the hip of Amanda Bohlin, who is currently ranked 64th on the World WTS rankings. I had her marked before the race as she also raced in Sweden and I knew how much faster she was in the water than me there. I got to the first buoy and was happy. I had a hip to swim on and I felt good.


Right hand turn around the buoy and it seems I maybe stepped out of the race for a few seconds… where did that hip go?! I couldn’t believe what had just happened. I put in a big effort to try and get back on feet, but it seemed I was swimming in a ‘30 mile an hour zone’ when the rest of the girls were cruising along the motorway… the feet were gone. Exiting the water in sixth place with an 11 second gap to the front pack, I was faced with the most difficult of T1’s I have yet to endure. There was a man made scaffolding structure put in place to get us from sea level to the road… it was steep! The picture below doesn’t lie!

Prerace montage

I suffered… a lot! Anyway, onto the bike and I thought – with my biking usually being my strongest discipline – that I could get on to the back of the front pack. Rich shouted the time gap to me and I could see the girls just there. ‘Just there’ became a little more with every wincing glance. Legs – shot. Engine – empty… Uh oh, this is gonna be a hard day!

I chased as hard as I could, for as long as I could, before hearing the group from behind coming up behind me… Okay Ailbhe, settle yourself because your now in the main chase pack with three girls up the road (such a dream number for a breakaway group, but anyway, next time!). I knew two of the girls in the break, one had beaten me in Sweden (Bohlin) and the other I had beaten so I was hoping that I could stay in the chase pack – sit quietly – and catch that girl on the run… dream world – BANG – back to reality.

Sitting in the back of the chase pack when I was already suffering was silly because the course had corners and a lot of them. I didn’t like having to get up and sprint every few seconds and in no time at all, after yoyo-ing for a little while, that elastic went pop and I was in no man’s land… oh god Ailbhe, what have you done?


After a couple of more corners two other girls from that chase pack had the same experience as I had earlier. They came back to me and we had a group of three. In the blink of an eye, I had lost them too. You are kidding me! Looking down at my legs wondering if they were actually still attached, I just closed my eyes and pedalled as hard as I could and I eventually got back on to the two girls. A second wind maybe? Who knew? I was ready to work though.

We rolled through on 20 second efforts until the last lap where for some reason the two girls wanted to play tactics and decided they didn’t want to roll through… ok, great. I flicked my elbow numerous times, but there was no sign of anyone pulling through. I looked back – I had a small gap. Ah! That explains that. I moved right over to the side and ushered the girls through. I couldn’t trust that my run legs were packed based on my bike legs being a no show. I needed them to pull their turns. Up the final hill and into T2… the girl in front of me came crashing down.

Thankfully I had a bit of trouble getting my feet out of my shoes and a gap bigger than I would usually like had grown between us ended up being a blessing as she fell and took up a considerable width of the road! Thank god for my god knows what number mistake of the race so far!

Bike3 crash

On to the run and I flew out of transition – faster than usual… uh oh, was I going to suffer?! We hit the hill on the run which we would do twice and wow oh wow were my legs on fire. Oh god Ailbhe please, please, please come on! Crested the hill and suddenly started to feel ok – ish… The girl just ahead of me was a different girl who I had beaten in Sweden but we ran very similar run splits so I was aware of how level pegging it might be. She had a gap out of T2 and it stayed that way. Although I feel like my legs came back a little bit, they were just not really in the mood to race. I hurt a lot during the race but I wasn’t hurting because I was breaking speed limits, I was simply hurting because my body was just not feeling race day! It happens.

I passed girls from the chase pack and finished up in ninth place. Upon analysis of the race it actually looks that had I just stayed in the chase pack, never mind the front pack I was actually running to battle for a podium spot. That’s an encouraging outlook on a very topsy turvy performance but people don’t always see the ifs and buts of racing because it doesn’t really matter most of the time. You judge a race on the result not on the ‘if’.

On to a French tri

I had a week before my next race which was with my French Grand Prix team Brive Limousin Triathlon in Quiberon. Quiberon is the fourth race of five in the grand prix Divison 1 league. I was very excited to get over there and race in France again as I hadn’t raced with the team since Dunkerque in May – which was my first race of the season. I was all set and ready to rock and in the days before the race I was feeling very springy and everything was looking food. Bike legs felt like they were present on the bike warm up. Run legs felt like they were present on the warm up. Shoulders and arms didn’t feel heavy and I felt happy in my nappy and ready for what was to come.

Down to the beach start and one look at the starting pens had my jaw dropping! It was such a long run-in that the race format all of a sudden had changed. It was now a run-swim-run-bike-run race. There was a lot of beach running to be done in Quiberon with entry and exit in and out of the sea. My run-in left a lot to be desired and its sad to say that that was actually the best of what was to come in the next ten minutes.

My swim – pffffft – just didn’t happen. No reason behind it – it just wasn’t there. I would have been quicker aqua jogging through the 750m than swimming it like I did! Absolute no, no. Out on to the bike and the chase was on. There were single bodies all over the place and I knew the chase had to be hard or this was really going to be an awful day. I could see two groups of two girls up the road and I absolutely drilled it as hard as I could on my Ribble Aero 883 and I bridged that gap by myself and we were now a group of five. Ok, time to work. We could see the chase pack up the road. They were just there.

Drilling it

We had one really strong girl in our group who was organising the turns and drilling it as hard as she could. I did my bit and kept on her good side. With two laps to go she decided she wanted to go and see who would go with her on the technical bit of the lap coming into the transition area. I had just taken my turn on the front and had slotted in at the back when she went. The girl behind her went with her but the girl third in line didn’t want any of it. I came from fifth wheel back and chased it down and got on their wheels again.

My legs were feeling strong but that gap wasn’t closing. 45 seconds was the call. As a group of three we rode the last two laps and came into T2 only to hear the group from behind hot on our heels. All of that work for just six or seven seconds advantage? Oh no!


Out of T2 I went in third position and the legs didn’t feel half bad. Ok Ailbhe – run with these girls, just run with them! I was passed by four girls, I think, on the run and I passed three girls but at that stage it was a little too late. It turned out that the front pack was huge and it was a case of running for a spot from around 45th onwards… yikes what had happened? Bad day at the office… what on earth? One day all three will go smoothly and I won’t know what to do with myself – I dream of that day!

Anyway, next up for me was a race in Ireland. Maybe all three disciplines will go to plan there… who knows? The suspense is a killer! The season is drawing to a close now so better make the most of the evenings and weekends.

Stay safe and happy pedalling,