Ribble’s passion for competition and racing is steeped in history. Ever since Ribble sponsored race teams began to appear on the UK racing scene back in the ’60’s and ’70s. Our continued support of the UK’s number one ranked cycling team further emphasizes our commitment to UK cycle sport. Partnering with the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team allows us to continue to design and innovate. To deliver custom-built bikes that have been proven in the pro peloton. Our weekly blog keeps you up to date with all the latest Ribble Weldtite race results.
Ribble Weldtite UCI Continental
Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling has been the number one ranked UK UCI domestic team for the last 3 years. Their goal is to provide a platform for developing riders to compete at a global level. With one of the largest international calendars of any British team, it provides riders with the ability and ambition to move beyond the small UK domestic racing scene.
The team will race both domestically and on the continent on the Ribble Endurance SL R Series Disc and Ultra TT bikes.
Endurance SL R Series Disc
Ribble Weldtite riders will race on the Endurance SL R Series Disc throughout the entirety of the 2021 road racing 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. Dan Bigham gives you the full lowdown on his race machine below.
To see the Endurance SL R Series Disc click here.
With the team being blessed with some expert exponents of the dark art of time trialling they will switch to the Ultra TT for time trials. Designed and perfected with watt-saving efficiency as the priority, the Ultra is a bike bred to go fast. This tech-loaded and innovative speed machine has enabled Ribble Weldtite to clinch National titles, secure a Bronze medal at the World Road Race Championships and smash national records along the way.
To see the Ultra TT click here.
Ribble Weldtite Race Results
Ilkey GP – 23rd July
It was a rare off night for the team in front of a huge crowd at the Ilkley GP. In what proved to be an evening of brilliant but brutal racing action, Cameron Jeffers provided the highlight for the team. Capping off a strong performance to cross the line in 13th place. Providing proof positive that no matter how good the preparations are sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. It’s onwards and upwards for the 1st round of the Tour Series in Guisborough on the 8th of August.
Time flies & so does Ribble Weldtite!
After their recent successes in crit racing, it was a chance for the TT boys to show what they can do against the clock.
Mid Shropshire Wheelers 25m TT
No stranger to breaking the odd record or two, Dan (Derbados) Bigham was at it again in Shrewsbury. Dan scorched around the Battlefield Course averaging 32mph to record a time of 46:34. Smashing the previous record held by one Steve Cummings by a staggering 3:37!
Ross on Wye / Ystwyth TT Champs 10th & 11th July
If at first, you don’t succeed do it again ( or words to that effect) and that is precisely what Gruff Lewis decided to do. Despite setting a PB of 19:25, Gruff found himself being narrowly beaten into second place at the Ross on Wye & District 10 Mile TT. Gruff bounced back in some style when setting a championship record time of 35:20 at an average of 28mph in the Ystwyth TT Championships
CDDP Sport Crit Colne – 8th July
Joe Wilson won the latest stage of the crit series held on the technical 1050m Steven Burke circuit in Colne.
Double Win – 4th June
After a fantastic mid-week win at Otley GP, the team received an invitation to race at 2 Districtenpijl Ekeren-Deurne in Belgium. With the course ending on a sprint finish, the team were looking to send a strong line-up to support Matt Gibson again to challenge for his second win of the week. However, the ever-changing restrictions soon quashed all hopes for challenging in this race with the team no longer able to travel to Belgium due to the new “very high risk” status.
The disappointment was short-lived however with Jacob Tipper bouncing back to take an amazing double win on Sunday! Firstly winning the Masters Crit Champs in the morning before following it up with a win at RAF Cosford road race in the afternoon. Not bad for a day’s work!
Otley Grand Prix – 30th June
It was the long-awaited return of world-class road racing in the UK for the first round of the HSBC National Circuit series in Otley. What a night it was for Ribble Weldtite Pro Racing and Matt Gibson in particular. Town Centre crit races are always hotly contested, fast-paced affairs and the Otley Grand Prix was no exception. Breaking away to form a trio of riders, Matt and his breakaway companions were a mere 13 seconds clear of the bunch with 4 laps remaining.
It looked like it was to be heartbreak for the trio with a rampaging peloton seemingly reeling them in with every pedal stroke on the run into the line. However, a herculean effort from the breakaway trio saw them just about hold off the pack to contest a sprint finish. Sprinting clear of his breakaway companions, Matt had time to raise his arms aloft in triumph before crossing the line for the well-deserved victory. Onwards and upwards for the rest of the season!
Merlin Classic Series – 26th June
It was another TT victory for the team as James Shaw won the 6th round of the time trial series. James secured the victory by completing the 14-mile circuit in a time of 26:45 at an average speed of 31.402mph. In doing so his winning margin was 30 seconds over the next placed rider.
National Time Trials Championship – 20th June
A superb weekend for the team saw them claim both the victory and runner’s-up position at the RTTC National Team Time Trial Championships. With the emphasis being a race against the clock it was time to hang up the Endurance SL R race bikes and break out the record-breaking Ultra TT’s.
First to tackle two laps of the out and back course along the A78 between Eglington Country Park and Troon was the trio of Zeb Kyffin, Joe Wilson and Matt Gibson. The trio blitzed the opposition to post a benchmark time of 56:33.
It was left to the returning champions of 2019, Dan Bigham and Si Wilson to see if they could claim the team bragging rights. Fresh from his incredible 5th place finish at the Tour of Slovenia, James Shaw joined the reigning champions. At the halfway split they were 1:31 up on the fastest time before crossing the line to post a time of 54:01. Thereby, smashing the earlier time set by their teammates by 2:21, at an average speed of 55.9km/h for the 31.5mile course.
Tour of Slovenia – June 9th to 13th
What a result and what a performance! James Shaw finishes 5th overall at the Tour of Slovenia!! The biggest race on the calendar to date saw Ribble Weldtite lock horns with the reigning TDF champion and his dominant World Tour team. Set over 5 days, the riders were faced with tacking the imposing climbs of the mountains of central Europe.
The teams tactic over the course of the 5 days was to work industriously early on in each stage to ensure that James Shaw was well-placed in the lead. A tactic that paid off, and with interest. The team working like heroes to ensure that when each stage reached its crucial juncture the now familar figure of James and his Endurance SL R were seen to be firmly ensconced within the group of pre-race favourites.
At the conclusion of five brutal days of racing, James finished 5th on GC at just over 2 minutes behind the outright favourite for the race and two places ahead of another of the main pre-race favourites. An outstanding result for James and the rest of the team and by far the highlight of the season so far. Bring on the next race!
Mark Evans Memorial Series (Round 2) – 12th June
Fresh from his victorious performances in triathlon it was a return to road racing for Jack Rees. What a return it was, with Jack securing a superb victory at the Middlesbrough Sports Village.
Tour of Estonia (UCI 2.1) – May 28th & 29th
The team’s first race on the international circuit saw riders heading to the shores of the Baltic for the eagerly anticipated Tour of Estonia. A spirited and aggressive performance saw the team really take the race on and dictate the final outcome. Ultimately, it was not the result the team wanted or deserved, Matt Gibson, placing highest in 12th on GC. However, it sets them up well for their next big event, the Tour of Slovenia.
Stage 1 – Tallinn to Tartu
The first stage was a 193.3km route that took riders from the capital city of Tallinn to the second largest city of Tartu. It was very animated for the first 100k, with numerous breakaway attempts. A group of nine eventually broke the elastic and went on to contest the victory on a difficult cobbled finish. The team rode well to set up Matt Gibson for 10th on the stage.
Stage 2 – Tartu Grand Prix
The second and final stage was the Tartu Grand Prix, a 10.2km loop on the streets of Tartu. The full stage distance was 162.4km, with 2 intermediate sprints and 2 hill sprints. It was an action-packed stage, with three riders from the team involved in the move of the race. There was also a 35km solo from James Shaw, Matt Gibson was once again first across the line in 16th.
Colin Lewis Grand Prix – May 30th
Back on home shores, it was a victory for Freddy Scheske in the Colin Lewis Grand Prix at the Torbay Velopark.
Avid Sport Chitterne Road Race – May 23rd
The team’s first national event in the UK for 435 days led to the first road race win of 2021. In horrendous conditions, Zeb Kyffin secured a solo victory having made the break of the race. In doing so, picking up where he left off in March 2020 with the win.
Merlin Classic Series – March 23rd
Dan Bigham shaved 3 seconds off his course record in the Merlin Classic TT Series. The race was held amidst wet and windy conditions on the Circuit of Greystoke, Cumbria. James Shaw finished second on his road bike. As the pair continue to build for the main early-season objective, the Tour of Estonia.
Big Dogs Road Race – May 23rd
A good hit out for the guys on the testing Holmfirth CC course in Yorkshire. Richard Jones made the break of the race before fading, leaving Joe Wilson as highest finisher in 9th.
Tadcaster Triathlon – May 22nd
Jack Rees started the Triathlon season piloting his Ribble Ultra TT to the fastest bike split and the overall win.
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