Ribble Weldtite Race Results Update

Monday, June 21, 2021

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 Equipment

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.

Ultra TT

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.

Renowned aerodynamicist Dan Bigham on the way to victory at The Circuit of Greystoke aboard his CustomColour Ultra TT.

To see the Ultra TT click here.

Ribble Weldtite Race Results

The Beaumont Trophy – 26th September

The Beaumont trophy is one of the longest-standing races on the calendar and provides the UK’s best riders with a stern test, courtesy of the fearsome climb of the Ryals. A climb they would have to ascend no less than 4 times as part of the 25-mile laps that make up the majority of the 114-mile race.

Contrary to the earlier women’s race, where every race was nullified, the men’s race was littered with breaks from the start. By the end of the first lap, a determined group of nine riders had gone clear and by the second lap, the lead had grown to more than two minutes. This was in no small part due to the disorganisation of the peloton that was hamstrung by attempted counterattacks.

The breakaway group containing Cam Jeffers worked as a cohesive bunch until being absorbed into a bigger bunch on the fourth lap. Now numbering some 20 riders this was clearly too big of a group and it split once again. From this group containing Matt Gibson and Zeb Kiffin the winner would emerge but alas it was not to be for Matt or Zeb. Two of their number launched an attack which left the chasers all looking at each other which guaranteed that the win would come from the breakaway duo. Matt won the sprint from this reduced group and Zeb crossed the line in 8th place.

Matt Gibson sprints to 3rd in Northumberland

The Tour of Britain

The 2021 Tour of Britain was a great success for Ribble Weldtite with plenty of ups and downs for the team. Charles’s race ended prematurely when caught up in the opening day crash along with Matt, Dan and Si Wilson. He bravely rode through the pain barrier until climbing off on stage 6. Dan Bigham’s tour also came to a slightly premature end after a monumental effort in the break on the fifth stage. He and his two breakaway companions came within a hair’s breadth of pulling off a sensational upset. Sadly it was not to be and his efforts took their toll and he did not make the start of day 6.

Other highlights of the race include Gruff’s day in the break on the queen stage. A route that passed through his home town of Aberystwyth seemed tailor-made for Gruff. He duly made the most of it, happily milking the adulation of the crowds who had turned out to see him. After Gruff’s and Dan’s efforts it was James’s turn on stage 6. After a frantic day of attacks and counterattacks, James drove clear with a select group of favourites. Up against the cream of the field, he held his own to finish 5th in a sprint that included Wout Van Aert.

A stiff wind greeted riders on stage 7 and this time it was the turn of Gibbo to get himself in the day’s decisive break. Up against the might of Deceuninck, it was always going to be a tall order, especially considering they had the numerical advantage. Matt’s gutsy efforts were rewarded by a third-place finish on the day. Which considering he finished just behind one of the best classics riders was an exceptional result for Ribble Weldtite’s sprinter

Matt backed up his incredible result of the day before by claiming 7th place in a bunch sprint that eventually decide the winner of the tour. Not everyone gets to say they’ve battled it out with Wout van Aert! The tour ended with James sat in 14th on GC which meant that he was the highest placed rider from outside the World Tour teams. Yet another epic effort from Ribble Weldtite and one that they should be especially proud of.

The Tour of Norway – 19th – 22nd August

It was an all-star cast who lined up for the start of the Tour of Norway where Ribble Weldtite would once again battle it out with the World Tour teams. James Shaw once again proved that his exploits at the Tour of Slovenia were anything but a fluke. A fantastic team performance ensured that Jame’s early race exploits did not go unrewarded in claiming an incredible 5th place finish on GC.

Stage 1 – Egersund to Sokndahl

The opening stage was a real rollercoaster of a route with riders faced with no less than 8 testing climbs over a 150km stage, before an uphill sprint for the line in Sokndahl. It was touch and go for the peloton as an early breakaway looked well set to spoil the World Tour teams chances of victory. However, the last remnants of the breakaway were swept with 15km to go and it was clear that it was going to be an all-out assault of the final climb that would prove decisive. A heroic effort from James Shaw saw him cross the line just 23 seconds back on the stage winner and in doing so proved that Ribble Weldtite was not simply there to make up the numbers.

Stage 2 – Sirdar to Sirdar

The rider’s faced another tough day with climbs aplenty during a 185.3km out and back circuit that started and finished in Sirdarl, South-West Norway. Another great performance from the team resulted in James Shaw being well placed within the lead group to finish 7th on the stage and move up to 4th on GC.

Stage 3 – Jorpeland to Jorpeland

It was a case of more of the same for the third stage, with 2 categorised climbs during a 160km route along Norway’s stunning western coastline. James was once again prevalent at the head of the race, remaining with the group of pre-race favourites. At the finish, it was left to the hard men to battle it out for the stage win with James crossing the line 11th to cement his place on GC.

Stage 4 – Hinna Park to Stavanger

The final stage was once again a lumpy affair and it was Gruff Lewis who chanced his arm by making it into the day’s break. With 50km of the 156km to go, the lead stood a 2’20’ with a rampaging peloton gaining ground with every pedal stroke. At 10km to go and the breakaways chances over, RWPC’s attention turned to protecting Jame’s Shaw’s GC position and placing Matt Gibson for the finish. Both riders finished within the main bunch to cross the line 14th and 27th respectively, rounding off an epic 4 days racing and another superb result for RWPC against the world’s best.

Lancaster Grand Prix – 15th August

With their attention firmly on the upcoming Tour of Norway, the Lancaster Grand Prix offered some valuable preparation before jetting off to Norway. At 159.5km in length and with 10 laps of a punishing 14.5km circuit of Quernmore, the race was expected to be highly animated and so it proved to be. Straight from the off, RWPC and the other big teams set a tough pace to discourage anyone with thoughts of forming an early breakaway. However, with the race-winning break going clear with 3 laps to go and none of the RWPC riders featuring, it was left to James Shaw to cross the line highest placed in 12th. With some valuable racing miles in their legs, the focus now turns to Norway!

The sweet, sweet taste of victory!

Tour Series Round Three – 12th August

We love it when a plan comes together, and it certainly did for Ribble Weldtite as they sealed a memorable maiden Tour Series title at Castle Douglas. It was all to play for as the team of Matt Gibson, Freddy Scheske, Cameron Jeffers, Charles Page and Will Brown headed into the final round defending a slender lead over their title rivals. The main title contenders quickly switched into full attack mode with the clear intention of putting RWPC under pressure and getting as many of their riders into a breakaway as possible.

A break was quickly formed with round one race winner Matt Gibson being the only Ribble Weldtite rider to make it into the small breakaway group that had been formed. It was clear to see that with the pace being piled on at the front of this group that this was to be the race-winning move. So it proved to be, as a hotly contested finale resulted in Matt crossing the line 5th to secure the individual sprint leader’s jersey and more importantly claim a superb Tour Series overall title. Chapeau Ribble Weldtite!

Tour Series Round Two – 10th August

Round two saw almost an identical team lineup of Charles Page, Will Brown, Cam Jeffers and Matt Gibson head to Sunderland for a 1.2 km circuit of the city streets. The one change was Theo Obholzer riding in place of Freddy Scheske. As the leading team in the standings, Ribble Weldtite would forego their usual Blue kit to look resplendent in their leader’s yellow jerseys.

In a hard-fought race that saw their title rivals put the hammer down to claw back some valuable team points, RWPC bowed but never broke. A fantastic team effort seeing Matt Gibson safely placed within the small breakaway group that stayed clear until the finish. Matt claimed 6th place on the stage. Thereby ensuring that they came away with some hard-earned points heading into the final round in Castle Douglas. A nail-biting finale to some epic UK racing.

Matt’s back with a bang!

The Tour Series Round One – 8th August

It was a return to winning ways for Matt Gibson who soloed to an unforgettable men’s individual victory at the opening round of the Tour Series in Guisborough. It was a premature end to the race for Freddy Scheske as an early crash saw him unfortunately eliminated. Matt seized his opportunity to streak clear of a now split peloton to build up a lead that was never truly threatened.

Crossing the line with an arm held aloft in triumph, Matt was a full 90 seconds clear of a chasing pack that was left to fight for the final two steps on the podium. Charles Page narrowly missed out on a podium place to finish 5th with Cam Jeffers not far behind in 12th and Will Brown rounding off an incredible team effort to finish in the top 25. In doing so, claiming Ribble Weldtite’s first-ever Tour Series victory and ensuring that they will head to Sunderland proudly wearing the leader’s Yellow jersey.

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.

Cam Jeffers feeling it during a tough night at the office. Image Courtesy of Gary Main.

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!

James Shaw crosses the line just behind the lead group and displays the toll that the brutal climbs of Slovenia demand of the riders.

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

Can you name the riders?

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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