Team Ribble’s vlogger ‘Biker Lawrence’ takes us inside the 63rd Lincoln Grand Prix and the Ribble team. Enjoy.
The latest Lawrence Carpenter’s vlog has landed and gives us a great (and rarely seen) insight into big race day through the eyes of a rider. For the final round of the national Spring Cup road race series (formerly the Premier Calendar) Lawrence and the Ribble Pro Cycling team traveled to Lincoln.
The Lincoln Grand Prix is one of Britain’s biggest one-day races and as the longest established has an illustrious roll call of former winners including Malcolm Elliott, Russ Downing and Peter Kennaugh. Team Ribble also has history in ‘the Lincoln’. Two-time British road race champion John Tanner won the race for Ribble in 2001, so watch Lawrence’s edit to see how he and the team got on.
More Lawrence vlogs…
Want to watch more of Lawrence’s great vlogs? Here are two from earlier in 2018. The Klondike Grand Prix in April and the Jock Wadley Memorial road race where Lawrence made his debut for Team Ribble.
Convicts of the road. The fellowship of the wheel. Cycling is a broad church and it is a congregation united by the pleasure, fitness and memories gained aboard our self-powered transport. Racers or tourists, rough stuff riders or commuters we all share the invigorating enjoyment and freedom of the open road or trail.
You’ll already know or will have noticed that many cyclists acknowledge each other with a nod or raised arm when they pass each other, but it’s an action that seems to be increasingly neglected or unadopted by some riders.
A few years back I was lucky enough to ride in an area populated by numerous World Tour racers, including Giro D’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin, and one misty morning on a climb used in the Amstel Gold race we passed each other and naturally nodded. On roads between the Ribble HQ and home I’ve also had a cheery grin of acknowledgment from one of Britain’s top road racers out on a spin. Yet strangely I can also be out on quiet roads, in pleasant sunny weather and be completely blanked by numerous riders. If the ‘nod count percentage’ from my fellow cyclists drops below 50% I am dismayed, but luckily there are still enough of us nodders out there to maintain my faith in cycle kind.
Fair enough if you are doing a training interval but nodding is one of the cycling customs which must not be lost. If you think you’re too pro or cool to nod, then I’m afraid you’re mistaken. Pro riders nod so why don’t you?
The year I had to endure a 30-mile commute and could not cycle to work I bought a classic Volkswagen and discovered that Beetle owners raise a hand to each other out on the road. Similarly, motorcyclists often nod to each other and ramblers say hello.
So, let’s unite to save the nod. Don’t be a non-nodder!
COME AND SEE RIBBLE AT THE NEC CYCLE SHOW AND SAVE 10% ON YOUR TICKETS
Over the last year the Ribble range has been evolving and expanding, we have won awards and received praise from our customers for our exciting bikes and kit.
The annual NEC Cycle Show in Birmingham is one of the occasions where you can touch, feel and admire our complete range and meet and talk to the people behind our bikes, clothing and accessories.
This September, you’ll get an exclusive first look at our exciting new 2018 Ribble range and have the chance to ride our bikes at the demo track.
Because we want Ribble customers old and new to be part of this we have negotiated discounted tickets with the Cycle Show. You can save 10% on ticket prices using our discount code: RIBBLE if you book online.
We enjoyed meeting you all on the stand last September, and we look forward to hopefully seeing you all again this September! We’ll be back in our usual prominent position – you can’t miss us!
Vélo South is a brand new 100-mile closed road sportive and, like its successful sister ride Vélo Birmingham, it is being proudly backed by Ribble as official bike partner. The ride is guaranteed to sell out though so you need to act now if you want to ride.