Category Archives: Team Ribble

Team Ribble: Matt Arkwright and the discipline of Bike Trials

Name: Matt Arkwright
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 75kg
Frame Model: Onza Limey IV
Forks: Prototype Trial-Tech
Parts: Echo + trial-tech
Stem: Trial-tech 130mm (25 deg rise)
I would like to introduce you to a very different cycling discipline many of you won’t have come across. Bike Trials is the sport I have been involved in for over 10 years. I would describe Trials as an exciting and quite spectacular discipline both to watch and ride, where the main factors are stability and control under extreme conditions.

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Ripon Triathlon

Saturday 12th July was the day I headed over the Ripon in North Yorkshire to compete in the NYP Ripon Triathlon. A new race to me and slightly different timings with race start being at 2pm in the afternoon. Knowing what works for me and having had trouble with digestion in the past I made the decision to stick with a porridge for dinner before the race.

Registration and transition were well organised and I was able to get myself setup pretty quickly. The weather on race day was hot but not quite hot enough to make it a non-wetsuit swim.

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Before the Grand Depart

At the moment, the plan is pretty simple: Ride over to Harrogate on Thursday, time for a quick refresh before heading down to Leeds Arena for the team presentation, then spend Friday looking for the best viewing spot for Saturday’s stage. On Sunday I’ll ride over to Howarth, Hebden Bridge or maybe Cragg Vale to see the riders pass through on stage 2, then head home. Simple…

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Kitzbuhel European Championships

Back in September 2013 I was coming to the end of the triathlon season and made the decision to complete one last race, the Bala Standard distance. Being a European qualifier I submitted my intent to qualify and prepared myself as much as I could with only a week left to race day. Turning up the day before I only had a chance to drive the bike course and listen to friends who said it was one of the toughest swims they had experienced. With no expectations other than to do my best I actually ended up winning my age group and therefore qualified to race the standard distance event at the 2014 Europeans in Kitzbuhel in Austria.

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