Ribble Cycles are excited to announce that Joe Skipper – winner of the 2018 UK IRONMAN title – has joined Team Ribble’s roster of sponsored triathletes and cyclists.

Joe won the IRONMAN UK held in Bolton on Sunday 15th July, 2018 by a huge seven-minute victory margin from a field of over 2,000. Sixth placed out of the water, Joe’s strong bike leg – on the new, aero-optimised Ribble Ultra TRI bike – moved him through to second place and into the ideal positiong of his new Ribble race bike – “When I first saw the Ribble Ultra tri bike I thought wow that looks a fantastic bike for long course triathlon. Integrated nutrition and hydration storage and an aero looking frame. I got in contact with Ribble and they let me test the bike out and it didn’t disappoint – I broke my PB on a training loop the first time I rode the bike! Aerodynamics is a massive part of cycling and triathlon and I truly believe the Ultra Tri is up there with the top bikes – it’s certainly the fastest bike that I’ve had the pleasure of riding. I was excited to get on the Ultra Tri at Ironman UK on Sunday and given the win, I’m looking forward to be racing it for the remainder of the season.”

“After finishing third in 2013, second in 2014 and third in 2015, it’s amazing to take my first UK IRONMAN title. I felt today was going to be my day and it now sets me up for the rest of the year. The support I had was absolutely incredible, I was blown away. I felt good.”

Ribble will support Joe in his bid to qualify for the Kona World Championship in October – the biggest prize in the highly demanding sport of triathlon.