We recently introduced Beau as one of our sponsored athletes for 2019. A talented triathlete he has already displayed his talents in only his 2nd race of 2019. Against a competitive field he took victory in the Stockton Duathlon. And this being even more remarkable for the fact that he does not employ a coach so all the training and race preparation is all his own work!Continue reading Beau Smith – the first victory of 2019
The new Ribble Ultra has been sweeping up titles and records in time trials and triathlon at a rapid rate since its launch in May.
The British National Road Championships concluded on Sunday with the road races and Ribble Pro Cycling lined-up with nine riders on a high after some great performances in the time trial championship.
The Ribble Pro Cycling team made the big boys of the UCI World Tour sit up and take notice in the British National Time Trial Championship in Northumberland yesterday (June 28th).
Ribble Pro Cycling team’s race victory total notched over 50 last week and the team had the most successful weekend of the season so far with no fewer than seven podium placings capped off with a national title for Dan Bigham and a podium clean sweep.
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.
This week signified the start of our season proper. Despite a win at Gifford in early March we viewed the UCI 2.2 Tour of Tunisie as our first real goal.
The race proved a turbulent experience for both riders and staff with strong winds, minus temperatures and frozen conditions blighting much of the race – not what was anticipated or forecasted for the North African country which borders the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert. The boys suffered valiantly in the conditions with Gruff narrowly missing out on a better result on Stage 1. With the race splitting in the crosswinds and the team putting four riders in the leading group of twenty, we misjudged the finish slightly and Gruff ended in a disappointing albeit solid 7th which signified the team’s intentions for the remainder of the race. In to Stage 2, in one word, epic. David Hewett the only rider to finish, one of only eleven left in the race, as sleet, high winds and freezing rain battered the race for each of the 172 km. Stage 3 the weather proved to be too much and the stage was cancelled, an excellent decision on behalf of the race organisation. This meant the Tour ended with two stages, David finishing 8th on GC, picking up his and the teams first UCI points of the season.
After a days travel and rest the team rallied for the final race of the trip, a re-organised UCI 1.2 race the 202 km GP Pharmacy. Again a day of heavy rain was forecast. The team set out with the intention of working for Gruff, who duly delivered. Attacking a break of three riders deep into the race he rode the last 12km solo to win – the best way as the only rider in the picture. A fantastic win which topped off a great trip for the team.
Closer to home the riders that remained in the UK produced some excellent performances, undoubtedly motivated by Gruff’s Tunisian success. Due to illness and injury the team was down to three riders at these events. First up was Lancaster University Spring Circuit race at Salt Ayre.
The trio attacking heavily from the outset forced both Si and Alex clear within the first 5km, the duo never looked backed establishing a 30 sec lead that never faltered crossing the line together for a 1,2, Jack narrowly missing the clean sweep in 4th. Onto Sunday the Coalville Wheelers RR the long-running National B over 130 km. A strong Vitus Pro Cycling presence added a further dimension to the race. The pace was high throughout with no group getting more than 20 seconds for the first 90 km, then finally a group of ten managed to forge out a small lead on the peloton. With Alex present for the team and four Vitus riders the break had enough collective firepower to maintain the gap through to the final lap. The final 1 km included a punchy 400m climb before a false flat finish. This turned out to be perfect for Alex as the group of ten contested the win, Alex hit the front towards the top of the climb and never looked back taking a great win. Behind Jack won the sprint from what remained of the peloton.
Also on Sunday still carrying fatigue from Tunisia, Tom and Ronnie combined well for 2nd and 4th in the final round of the Bike Inn Spring Shield in Middlesbrough.
Next up for the team is the 4-day Ras Muhan in Kerry which starts on Good Friday.
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