ribble-weldtite launches 2021 campaign

Wednesday 21st April 2021

The domestic scene is finally opening up. Evening and weekend races/TTs are slowly making themselves available with COVID restrictions in place. All those hours sitting on the turbo looking at an avatar for hours on end has paid off! Ribble-Weldtite can now get some racing hours under their belts and it seems they're in perfect hands too...

With restrictions lifting this week on some national competitions – professional cycling team Ribble-Weldtite has enlisted the help of leading UK healthcare test company Medichecks to get into top shape for the new season. From April 12th, outdoor regional and selected UK competition and challenge events for elite cyclists can take place as the country eases out of lockdown.

Medichecks has been an official sponsor to Ribble for three years and for the upcoming season is providing Endurance Fit blood tests to help its athletes track their health and wellbeing.

Medichecks also supplied PCR tests to the team’s riders to check for coronavirus before their crucial pre-season training camp. The 70-strong squad took the swab-to-mouth tests and a further antigen check ahead of the three-day training camp in Northumberland last month – so they could join a Covid-secure bubble clear of the virus. Further PCR tests will be carried out during the season.

Team riders – whose key riders include Dan Bigham, Matt Gibson, Cameron Jeffers and James Shaw – will take the Medichecks Endurance Fit blood test during this year, and Medichecks doctors will interpret their results, looking for biomarkers that might affect their health and performance. Ribble-Weldtite are most interested in monitoring riders’ Vitamin D, iron and cortisol levels through the tests.

Ribble-Weldtite Director of Operations, Jack Rees, said: “Our partnership with Medichecks and the tests it provides are invaluable. We could host the training camp in a safe environment and with peace of mind, allowing us to focus on areas of performance. We did some race replication, which was helpful as we have not raced for a while, simulated race scenarios, tested communications between riders and vehicles, discussed our race plans and explored individual riders’ programmes. The Endurance Fit blood tests are important to help our cyclists keep a check on factors such as training and nutrition, which is extremely useful as we look towards the new season.”

The British UCI Continental squad was granted elite athlete dispensation enabling them to train and race, provided the appropriate testing protocols were observed. The team will race in Britain during April, with its European campaign starting with the Ronde Van Overijssel in May.

Dr Hamed Kamali, the sports doctor at Medichecks, said: “Marginal gains are crucial in competitive sport and we are helping the team by providing valuable insights that could impact performance. We have worked with other athletes and sports professionals to deliver this kind of intelligence. Our partnership with Ribble-Weldtite means its cyclists will have a greater level of understanding of how their bodies are working, offering an important lever for race preparation. We’re also pleased that our PCR tests enabled the cyclists to gather for the first UK training in over a year. We will be supporting them throughout the season with regular Endurance Fit blood tests and providing them with expert clinical analysis.”

Key events in the UK this year will include the one-day British National Championships, in June, the Tour Series in August with races in several city centres and the national Tour of Britain in September. Find out more about Ribble-Weldtite on its website here.