Our passion for competition and racing remains undiminished and is woven into the very fabric of Ribble. This continues today thanks to our sponsorship of the Drops-Le Col Women’s Pro Continental racing team. Supporting world-class athletes allows us to continue to design and innovate. To deliver custom-built bikes that have been proven in the pro peloton. Keep up to date with all of the latest race results from DROPS-LE COL as they compete on the continent.
The DROPS-LE COL pro team will be competing on our flagship Endurance SL R Series Disc throughout the entirety of the 2021 race season. Our flagship carbon endurance road bikes’ superlight frame, truncated aerofoil tube shapes and advanced monocoque construction make this one of the fastest, stiffest, and most capable bikes in the peloton. This class-leading performance also filters down to the other endurance road bikes in our range.
DROPS-LE COL Pro Team Bike
This unique ‘Colour the Road’ look has been designed to meet the infectious personality of the team. A bright and bold design that brightens up the peloton. Should you wish to achieve the DROPS- Le Col pro team look, this stunning design is available to order in BikeBuilder. This special edition team finish can be selected using our CustomColour tool. Alternatively, should you wish to get in touch with your artistic side the configurator enables you to create your own unique design. Your Bike. Your way.
The Season so far
Due to the challenges associated with Covid, the team decided to focus heavily on the Belgian classics. With invitations to some of the premier races on the calendar, it provides the team with a fantastic opportunity to battle it out with World Tour teams.
National Road Race Championship of Portugal – 19th June
What a superb start to a weekend of National Championship road racing action. First up was team sprinter Maria (Tata) Martin who displayed an impressive turn of speed to come out on top in a sprint finish. In doing so, claiming the title of Women’s National Road Race Champion of Portugal! How well that trips off the tongue! We look forward to seeing Tata racing in her national champions jersey for the next year. Chapeau Maria!
Norwegian National Road Race Championships – 20th June
It was also a fantastic weekend for the Norwegian members of the team at a rather damp National Road Race Championship held in Kristiansand, Norway. Huge congratulations to Emilie Moberg who narrowly missed out on the title by a mere 5 seconds in the Women’s Elite Road Race. Emilie putting in a superb effort to cross the line in second place to earn herself a well-deserved Silver medal.
In the under 23’s race, Elise Olsen won her race to be crowned National U23 Road Race Champion of Norway! A huge well done to Elise and Emilie.
Dwars Door Het Hageland – 5th June
It was a welcome return to racing for the team after a few weeks off. What a return it was too! With the riders having to negotiate the notoriously difficult cobbled climbs of Belgium with a smattering of gravel thrown in for good measure. Marjolein (Majo) Van’T Geloof was first home after a gutsy ride that saw her finish 50 seconds behind the breakaway winner.
Setmana Ciclista Valenciana – 6th to 9th May
The team experienced mixed fortunes at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. Team sprinter Tata Martin being denied a chance to contest the sprint on stage 3 due to a crash in the final 2km. However, a strong team performance over the four stages saw Anna Christian finish highest with a top 30 finish.
Elsy Jacobs – 30th April to 2nd May
Stage 1: Cessagne-Luxembourg
Stage one saw the team tackle a short but technical prologue of 2.2kms situated in the South Western suburbs of Luxembourg. Marjolein Van’T Geloof setting the fastest time for DROPS, just 12 seconds off the lead and finishing the stage at 25th on GC.
Stage 2: Steinfort-Steinfort
Stage 2 consisted of a 44.7km loop followed by 4 laps of a 20.km circuit which included a climb before an uphill sprint for the finish. Elizabeth Bennett was first over the line for DROPS finishing 4 min 44 seconds back.
Stage 3: Garnich-Garnich
The final stage of the Festival Elsy Jacobs was a 105.3km race that started and finished in Garnich. The peloton completed a 61.3km loop before completing 5 laps of an 8.8km circuit in Garnich. In a race that saw the peloton split into 4 separate groups, Elizabeth Bennett was once again the best-placed finisher for the team. Securing a top 50 on the stage and finishing just outside the top 50 (56th) on GC.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege- 25th April
After some impressive results in the early season races, it was on to the last of the spring classics. La Doyenne is one of the BIG named races on the calendar and is one that all teams want to do well in. Joss Lowden put in a great ride to cross the line just outside the top 30 in 32nd place.
La Fleche Wallone – April 21st
Another of the headline races saw the team’s chances of a good result being thwarted by a crash at a key moment. Team leader Joss Lowden eventually having to settle for a frustrating top 50 finish.