The Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling Team (RWPC) announced they would be racing on Ribble’s amazingly aerodynamic Ultra SL R Team Edition across the 2022 season. The Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling Team is a UCI Continental squad and will race a complete domestic program and other UCI race opportunities. The team welcomes eight new faces for the 2022 season, including the Tanfield brothers, who look to achieve success under the Ribble Weldtite flag.
The Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling Team has it covered as far as equipment. The team has the entire Ribble catalog, spanning aero bikes, endurance, and time trial machines. The equipment team at Ribble Weldtite has narrowed down the selection to the best that Ribble has to offer and leaning into its newest aero offering, the Ribble Ultra SL R.
The Ribble Ultra SL R is an aerodynamically optimized and fully UCI-approved machine, launched last August with big aerodynamic claims and wind tunnel data to back it up. The new team bikes will feature a custom paint scheme featuring a Midnight Ink, Fresh Mandarin, and Alpine White palette with a metallic finish.
You’re in luck if you’re looking to snag a team edition colorway frameset or bike. The team at Ribble is releasing a select number of bikes in the RWPC paint scheme, including Ultra SL, Ultra SLR, Ultra Tri, Endurance SL, Endurance SL Disc, Endurance SL R, Endurance SL R Disc, Endurance SL e, and Ultra TT frameset.
“As a British team, we are really excited by the return to a full domestic program. The Tour Series is a major objective for the team, as defending champions. The British National Championships remain a key goal, especially following the team’s success there in 2021. September sees the team return to the Tour of Britain which will be the pinnacle event of our season. Throughout the year we will continue to compliment the domestic program with key races across Europe” — Tom Timothy Ribble Weldtite manager.
Before flying out to Calpe for pre-season training, the team was presented with their new race machines at Ribble’s flagship showroom in Clitheroe. RWPC will be racing on Ribble’s Ultra SL R, Endurance SL R, and Ultra TT models throughout the 2022 season, starting with the UCI Europe Tour at Dorpenomloop Rucphen (UCI 1.2) in the Netherlands on the 13th of March.
Andy Smallwood, Ribble Cycles CEO, says: “The team had me on the edge of my seat in 2021 with some amazing performances in the UK and abroad – and 2022 is set to be an even more exciting year. The combination of Ribble’s R&D and a stronger than ever rider lineup sees our Ultra SL R being raced by the leading British-based team on the world stage. Our involvement with RWPC allows us to gain essential product feedback and insights into real-world racing conditions and will inform our R&D as we continue to develop and innovate in the creation of world-class racing machines. The distinctive aerodynamically optimized lines and new colorway will help the team really stand out from the pro peloton”.
Ribble Weldtite Ultra SL R Team Edition bike spec.
- Frameset: Ribble Ultra SL R
- Bar/stem: Ribble Ultra handlebars
- Components: Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset
- Wheels: Mavic SL R 65 / SL R 45 wheels
- Tires: Continental GP5000 tubeless
- Upgrades: Nova Ride OSPW oversize jockey wheel
- Weight: 7.8kg (17lbs.)
For more information about Ribble’s bike line, check out Ribblecycles.co.uk