Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling are a second year UCI Continental team. They have made a progressive, holistic and sustainable year-on-year progression since their establishment in 2012, competing at a national and international level with objectives across road and time trial disciplines.
“The team has evolved over the past few years into its current setup”, says Team Manager Tom Timothy.
“Originally we wanted to do something different, as we were frustrated by the approach of ‘it’s always been done this way’ and felt that often the status quo wasn’t in the best interests of riders, sponsors or the wider sport.
“One of the things that sets us apart is that we always try and question the status quo. There’s a reason we had the whole team wearing aero socks before everyone else and racing in skinsuits, narrow handlebars, tubeless tyres etc. People might have questioned our approach at first, but now look at how the sport has evolved.
“We have always been clear that we want to form partnerships with the best suppliers to allow us to work with them and provide our riders with the best opportunities. We’re proud of how we have outlasted a lot of large teams that have been reliant on personal relationships for sponsorship and really don’t deliver any return for who they work with.”
One of the most important elements for the team, Tom says, is to provide a platform that gets the best out of the riders.
Mohamed Sbihi MBE has reclaimed the GB Rowing Team 2km record while training at home, setting a new fastest-ever GB Rowing Team time of 5:39.4 seconds and becoming only the eleventh man ever to break the 5:40 barrier.
“When Tom went below 5:40, it was a huge inspiration to me because it showed that it can be done,” Moe reflects. “He is very different to me physiologically but we are similar in terms of our results on the ergo. As I told him, my decision to try and go sub-5:40 wasn’t a kneejerk reaction to his result: I’ve seen lockdown as a great opportunity to push myself on the ergo and have been training hard over the past four months. My confidence has been growing internally over the past few weeks. As Tom said to me that morning, it was now or never.
“I called Jürgen beforehand and told him I was going to try and break 5:40. I reassured him that either way I would be content. There’s always that risk of trying, failing, being disappointed and losing momentum.”
Moe has personal experience of missing out. He first attempted to break the barrier four years earlier, but ended up with a result of exactly 5:40.
“I got complacent on that day and took it for granted,” he says. “I haven’t come close again until this year. This time around I was incredibly nervous, it felt like a final. Matthew Pinsent has always spoken about nerves being a good thing – it’s one of the things I remember from his book, that nerves mean you’re on form.”
To have two rowers break this elusive barrier is testament to how hard the squad have been training throughout lockdown. “Tom and I push each other on and he’s a big inspiration to me,” Moe says of his teammate. “Hopefully I am to him. The great thing is that the whole team is getting pushed on by this as well; everybody is trying to catch up and bridge the gap. People are putting out phenomenal performances.
“Tom will break my score again soon. He’s not reached his limits yet, he’s a young guy and I’m excited to see where he can take it.”
Olympic Chief Coach Jürgen Grobler said: “I’m so happy for Moe. He managed the lockdown situation really well and has been an inspiration to the other guys in the squad. There’s been some really good challenge and competition between the group over the past four months. It shows the programme and training he’s been doing has worked for him.
“His mental toughness was really good and he delivered on the day when he said he would. I am very happy for him and his dedication to the training is brilliant.
“The battle between Tom and Moe shows the character of these guys. Tom says he will come back and go for it again. Brilliant.”
With two Olympic Games under his belt, Moe knows better than most how much there is still to do. “It gives us confidence in the programme, confidence in our teammates and ourselves but now we need to transfer that onto the water,” he says. “That result on the water in Tokyo next year will be much more important to Tom and I than any individual accolades we may get.”
Extreme E, the new electric off-road motor racing championship, is pleased to reveal that it is in advanced talks with Fisker Inc. – creator of the world’s most emotion-stirring, sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – on a series partnership and potential works team entrance.
Extreme E, starting early 2021, is a radical new racing series which will see electric SUVs go head to head in extreme locations around the world, including arctic, desert, glacier, coastal and rainforest, which have already been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E explains: “We feel thrilled at the prospect of having Fisker Inc, a pure EV manufacturer, join Extreme E for the start of the first championship. Creating the world’s most sustainable racing series is the perfect launch platform for their new Ocean SUV as well as providing a challenging testing environment for product durability.”
Henrik Fisker, Chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. added: “Alejandro brought electric vehicle racing into the mainstream with Formula E and I fully support his vision to reinvent off-road racing at the same time as creating an education platform for the threats posed by climate change. Extreme E and Fisker Inc. are completely aligned in our mission and values.”
The five-race global voyage, likened to ‘Star Wars Pod Racing Meets Dakar Rally’ highlights the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the world’s most remote locations and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles to help preserve the environment and protect the planet.
Extreme E aims to be a race to road test bed for the EV industry, putting technology and innovation to the ultimate test in its extreme environments, in order to accelerate the development of vital future facing technology for consumers and excite a new generation of car buyers in the performance and environmental benefits of EVs.
A trip back to Lindholme lakes was on the cards for the sixteenth round of FishOMania qualification. With Bonsai, Willows, and Bennys in the match, many anglers wanted to draw on the prolific Bennys, and so it proved with all the top weights coming from a windswept corner where the F1s had gathered in force.
Daniel Bennet was the man to make the most of the situation and after a good draw on Bennys peg 56, he made no mistakes to claim his spot in the 50K Final. Daniel kicked off his day fishing 4mm pellets shallow at 10 meters and went out of the blocks like a train catching F1s shallow. Whilst he was fishing his long line, Dan prepped his short caster line which he came on later in the match and continued to sack up on F1s. Dan added “I best get in some practice for the final”.
Second on the day was Rob Burgin who had a right head to head battle with Dan from peg 54 on Bennys. Rob has also gone with a shallow approach to the showing F1s in front of him and put 24 together in the first hour. Unfortunately, in the tricky conditions Rob’s catch rate dropped and he was left agonisingly close with an impressive 214lb.
Rounding out the top three was Ryan Bennett, who also had the wind blowing into him on Bennys peg 5. Ryan started at 13m fishing casters shallow and finished up his match fishing pellets at full depth short for 200lb 2ozs.
Once more a huge thanks to Neil/Aaron and the team at Lindholme for hosting another cracking qualifier at short notice. Further thanks to James Lewis for running the match on behalf of the trust.
Further to last week’s announcement we have two more FishOMania qualifiers at:
· Monk Lakes Fishery- Saturday 1st August.
Opens: tomorrow Tuesday 28th July _ 11:00
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) have launched #BeActive videos featuring regional football stars as part of a joint campaign encouraging ASEAN citizens to lead healthy and active lifestyles amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are diverse, but if we stick together, we are stronger. Be active today, tomorrow and always!” is the key message from ASEAN football personalities joining hands in the campaign consisting of a series of videos to deliver messages to raise awareness of three themes: Physical Fitness, Sanitation and Hygiene, as well as Mental Health and Well-Being.
“The ASEAN sports sector is currently focusing, among others, on strengthening the contribution of sports to ASEAN community-building. During this pandemic, it is important for us to work hand in hand with our key partners. We are pleased to collaborate with FIFA in this campaign to leverage the role of sports in social development,” said the Chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, William Ramirez, in his capacity as the Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports.
The campaign also marks the first initiative for ASEAN and FIFA since signing an agreement in November 2019 on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok to implement joint activities. The priority areas in the ASEAN-FIFA agreement include the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, FIFA’s Football for Schools Programme, and professional capacity-building in relation to safety and security at football matches, all of which require effective multi-stakeholder cooperation. Hence, the cooperation will be carried out through ASEAN’s Senior Officials Meeting on Sports (SOMS).
“Football and sports in general have the power to bring people together through a shared interest, promoting an active lifestyle and bringing ASEAN together as one community. They are instrumental in enhancing camaraderie amongst the youth who are the future of our ASEAN community,” said ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi. “The campaign will raise awareness amongst football fans and our larger community on the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles.”
“More than ever, especially now, one thing must be clear to everyone, health comes first,” stressed FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “FIFA is pleased to join forces with ASEAN and the WHO in order to raise awareness of the need to stay active and to continue to follow WHO guidance concerning hygiene and social distancing in the face of the on-going coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 poses multi-faceted challenges to our societies, but due to our partnerships with ASEAN and the WHO we are encouraged that the football community can also play an active role in ensuring these important messages are promoted in the ASEAN region and globally. For the first time ever, we are all on the same team and together, with team spirit and positive energy, we will win.”
The videos were produced through close collaboration between FIFA and its member associations. They feature ASEAN football celebrities delivering friendly messages in their local languages. Key messages were developed in consultation with ASEAN’s Senior Officials Meeting on Sports (SOMS), a regional body consisting of national agencies responsible for sports, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The videos will be released on the social media channels of the ASEAN Secretariat, FIFA, ASEAN Member States and their respective national football associations.
“People and governments must remain vigilant in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep adapting to the new realities the virus has imposed on us,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “This means continuing to find ways to stay healthy, from preventing virus transmission to helping communities lead healthier lifestyles. We must implement policies and practices that enable people to make healthy choices.”
This campaign supports the implementation of the ASEAN Work Plan on Sports 2016-2020, particularly in promoting healthy and active lifestyles and engaging sports ambassadors to encourage the growth of the sports sector in the region.
Guided by the ASEAN sports ministers and in line with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Kazan Action Plan on sport policy development, the ASEAN sports sector will focus on promoting Sport for Development and Peace and other key programmes in the next five years.
ASEAN comprises the ten member states of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, which has a combined population of 630 million and legions of football fans.
The 23rd July marked one year to go until the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games following the historic decision to postpone the event until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Team GB has reaffirmed its support for its friends and partners in Japan with the latest iteration of its ‘This is What Makes Us’ marketing campaign, which focusses on the diverse characteristics of the nation’s favourite sports team, as it seeks to bring the nation together in the build-up to and during Tokyo 2020.
‘Tokyo is What Makes Us’ is an open letter to Tokyo; a destination that holds a very special place in the heart of Team GB. In 1964, the city hosted the first Olympic Games to be staged in Asia in an event that symbolised re-emergence and peace. 56 years on, Tokyo represents something just as powerful; a beacon of hope to the world and a celebration of unity.
Over 200 athletes have confirmed their entry for the Müller British Athletics Championships with six weeks to go including World Championship silver medallist Shara Proctor (coach: Rana Reider; club: Birchfield Harriers) and world champions Stef Reid (Aston Moore; Charnwood) and Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson; Deeside).
Following official invites being sent last week, the number of athletes confirmed to compete in Manchester from September 4-5 has surpassed 200 with Proctor and Reid’s appearance setting up a world class women’s long jump with Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers having made the decision to star two weeks ago.
Fortune, who added the world F20 shot put title to her European crown last year, will compete once again in an integrated field in the women’s shot put as will five-time Paralympic medallist Dan Greaves (self-coached; Charnwood) in the men’s discus and world record holder in the F41 shot put Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes / Josh Clark; DSW Para Academy) in the men’s shot put.
Zak Seddon (Jeff Seddon; Bracknell), Britain’s first finalist in the men’s 3000m steeplechase at a World Championships since 1983, is the latest in a long list of British champions from 2019 confirmed to defend his title with Spencer Thomas (Jon Bigg; Brighton Phoenix), who won a dramatic men’s 800m final last year, among the next wave back to defend his title in Manchester.
Sprint hurdler David King (City of Plymouth), holder of both the 60m indoor and 110m outdoor titles for the first time in his career, joins Seddon and Thomas aiming to regain their British champion status as does Allan Smith (Bryan Roy; Shaftesbury Barnet) in the men’s high jump after ending a five-year wait for gold last year.
Amelia Strickler (Zane Duquemin; Thames Valley) will be bidding to add the outdoor crown in the women’s shot put to the indoor success she achieved in Glasgow in February as does Adam Hague (Trevor Fox; Sheffield & Dearne) in the men’s pole vault.
This was going to be a historic year for the sport of surfing. Journalists at The New York Times spoke with the world’s top surfers to go behind the scenes as the sport prepares to make its Olympic debut … next year.
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We continue our look back at times when British athletes, past and present, have made the headlines by achieving a 1-2 at a major championship, this time putting particular focus on the European Indoor Championships. Indoors, British athletes have thrived at this competition, sitting fourth on the all-time championship medal table, behind the now defunct West Germany, East Germany and the Soviet Union.
Here, we focus on the times when the British athletes locked out the top two spots on the podium with some polished performances, well-timed charges and dominant displays against the best that the continent had to offer.