Cycle Show Supercit

This was our last race of the season, so we thought we’d go out with a bang at the Cycle Show – the UK’s biggest bike show.

The Cycle Show welcomes over 29,000 bike loving visitors to the three day event held at the NEC in Birmingham. The weekend included the VeloBirmingham mass participation sportive ride as well as all the top bike brands from around the world.

We can't wait for the Cycle Show on Saturday! We'll be catching up with all our friends and especially our fantastic kit…

Posted by Cycle Engage UK on Dienstag, 19. September 2017

Racing was fast and furious, and unfortunately rather crash-ridden – Lucy was taken down in a painful crash resulting in two fractures to her collarbone. Alice suffered a puncture but was otherwise unhurt. Luckily Jenny Corser had a safe race and came home in 10th!

A rather painful end to the season for Lucy.

BBC Spotlight: Tom talks about the team and genetic disorders

Tom was interviewed by BBC Spotlight and spoke about Cycle Engage UK, Team RGB Building Supplies and living with a genetic disorder.

The interview will be shown on BBC Spotlight to coincide with Jeans for Genes day on September the 22nd

Operation Close Pass comes to Exeter

Road user education on sharing the road: the #OpClosePass initiative got underway in Exeter today.

Tom was quoted in the article

We are very grateful that Devon and Cornwall Police has begun live operations today, particularly as it’s on our doorstep.

Local cyclists will be familiar with the close passes that happen on Cowley Bridge Road, so we’re very appreciative that it has been chosen as the site of the first Close Pass operation in Exeter.

And there was a mention of our involvement in the project

Some of the camera equipment fitted to the police officers cycles was funded by Cycle Engage UK, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage cycling in all its forms via community engagement and its own women’s racing squad, Team RGB Building Supplies.

Read the whole article on Devon Live

#GridlockedDevon debate

Tom joined Devon Live to discuss #GridlockedDevon with Exeter City Futures CEO Glenn Woodcock and Exeter City Council’s executive lead for economy and culture Rachel Sutton on how to reduce congestion in Exeter.

Watch the live debate here:

Tune in to Devon Live to watch Tom Staniford debate with Exeter City Futures CEO Glenn Woodcock and Exeter City Council'…

Posted by Cycle Engage UK on Freitag, 15. September 2017

Interview: Cycle to Work Day

Cycle Engage UK directors Tom and Alice Staniford took part in a live interview discussing cycle to work and how to encourage more people to take part in cycling.

You can watch the full interview here:

Tom and Alice joined Zsolt Schuller with Devon Live this morning for #CycleToWorkDay to discuss cycling in Exeter. RGB Building Supplies Scimitar Sports Trek Bicycle

Posted by Cycle Engage UK on Mittwoch, 13. September 2017

Minehead Crit – a podium for Lucy

Second place for Lucy at #Minehead 💪

🥇Emma Cockcroft, Bianchi Dama
🥈Lucy Driver, Team RGB Building Supplies
🥉Hannah Newsham, Somerset RC

Ras na mBan 2017

Maddie Gammons Team RGB Building SUpplies at the Ras na mBan by Billy Mol

Our big end of season stage race, the Ras na mBan is a five day international event race including six stages and every year draws teams from all over the world to compete.

Notable winners in previous editions include Taylor Wiles and Emma Trott and this year, amongst many top level club teams, there are also several national squads in attendance including a Great Britain squad headlined by Olympian Elinor Barker. In total 19 nationalities were represented at the race as it entered its 12th year.

CYcle Engage UK Team RGB Building SUpplies at the Ras na mBan Scimitar Sports
Squad (L-R): Margriet Kloppenburg, Alice Staniford, Jenny Bolsom, Maddie Gammons, Tasha Reddy

Team RGB Building Supplies took a full squad of five riders:

Jenny Bolsom: Jenny has made a fantastic progression, starting this season as a novice. Through hard work and dedication she has taken full advantage of Team RGB Building Supplies’ support culminating with starting her first international stage race.
Maddie Gammons: Budding junior rider, Maddie has a string of international and junior successes to her name, including a stage win at the Junior Tour of Assen and Silver in the British Junior Road Race Championships.
Margriet Kloppenburg: Ex Danish National Cyclocross champion, Margriet brings extensive experience of racing at UCI level to the squad and was be invaluable on the road.
Tasha Reddy: Another young rider who has had a great season on the road in 2017 including 4th at the Dave Peck Memorial.
Alice Staniford: Focusing on road and crits this season after regional success in cyclocross, Alice is was back to improve on last year's performance at the Ras.

Team management (L-R): James Spragg (DS), Tom Smith (Soigneur), Tom Staniford (Manager)

Team Manager: Tom Staniford
Directeur Sportif: James Spragg
Soigneur: Tom Smith
Mascot: Badger (absent, apols)

Based around the city of Kilkenny, we raced six stages between Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th of September, covering a total of 398km.

  • Racing kicked off with Stage 1’s 70km road race on Wednesday evening.
  • Stage 2 was a further 75km road race based around Castle Comer on Thursday.
  • Friday saw the challenging queen stage of 112km road race with a mountain top finish on Mount Leinster in Stage 3.
  • Saturday was a double day: starting off with Stage 4’s 11km individual time trial.
  • The afternoon was fast and furious with a city centre crit race in Kilkenny centre for Stage 5.
  • The Ras na mBan wrapped up with a final road race on Sunday of 90km on Stage 6 with the winners sprinting to victory in front of historic Kilkenny Castle.

We traveled over to Ireland with our van and team car by ferry, which was a perfect chance to get to know our guest riders and for the team to bond together.

Stage 1

Wednesday 6th September
Start 16:45
70km Road Race
Race timetable

The first race in a stage race is always a nervous affair with lots of new riders and excitement. The big bunch of 120 riders rolled out of Kilkenny with riders shouting to each other in many different languages.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Sean Rowe, Scimitar Sports
Margriet by Sean Rowe

The race began to split up as the pace was pushed over the main climb in the middle of the stage, but with a long descent following afterwards the bunch came back together for a big sprint into the village of Gowran.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Sean Rowe, Scimitar Sports
Tasha comes in to the finish. Sean Rowe

Once racing was finished for the day, James, Tom and Tom sprang in to action to prepare the bikes for the next day and get a good meal in our stomachs.

Post race and the boys were hard at work getting bikes cleaned and cooking dinner.

Here are the Stage 1 highlights:

Posted by An Post Rás na mBan on Mittwoch, 6. September 2017

Stage 2

Thursday 7th September
Start 12:00
75km Road Race
Race timetable

Stage 2 began from Castlecomer Discovery park. Having done this stage twice now over the last two years, we’re pretty certain this is the hardest day with some deceptively steep and challenging climbs that really test the riders.

Margriet sends a high five to the school children cheering on the pavement

In each town and village the race passes through there are always lots of local school children and residents out to watch and cheer on the riders.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Lorraine O'Sullivan, Scimitar Sports
Stage 2 is underway. Lorraine O'Sullivan

We suffered through the climbs, avoided the crashes and made it back to Castlecomer well placed in the GC.
Here are Stage 2 highlights:

Stage 2 - Video UpdateAn Post Cycling National Dairy Council Honda Ireland Wicklow 200 Women's Cycling Ireland

Posted by An Post Rás na mBan on Donnerstag, 7. September 2017

Stage 3

Friday 8th September
Start 12:00
112km Road Race
Race timetable

Stage 3 represents the ‘queen stage’ of the race with a challenging mountain top finish that always provides really epic views across the countryside.

Maddie and Tasha prepare for Stage 3

As the race rolled out on the 112km stage all the riders were thinking about how to conserve enough energy to make it up the final climb.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Sean Rowe, Scimitar Sports
Stage Three passes through Kilkenny and Carlow. Sean Rowe

Unfortunately there were quite a few crashes in this stage which happened just in front of both Maddie and Alice. After 3 get downs each, Maddie needed to take the spare bike to continue and it was the end of the race for Alice after both their bikes were damaged in the crashes.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Sean Rowe, Scimitar Sports
The peloton rolls swiftly through the Irish counties. Sean Rowe

The peloton rolled swiftly through the Irish counties and the peloton soon reached the foot of Mount Leinster.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Billy Mol, Scimitar Sports
Stage 3 culminates with a mountain top finish on Mount Leinster. Billy Mol

Despite the earlier crashes, Maddie quickly got accustomed to riding our spare Trek Bicycle Emonda SL6 Pro and was showing her goat-like qualities as she moved up the bunch on the long ascent.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Sean Rowe, Scimitar Sports
Maddie ascends Mount Leinster. Sean Rowe

Stage 3 highlights video:

HIghlights - Stage 3An Post Cycling National Dairy Council

Posted by An Post Rás na mBan on Freitag, 8. September 2017

Stage 4

Saturday 9th September
First riders starts 10:00
11km Individual Time Trial
Race timetable

Stage 4 is a short individual time trial. It was a windy day but this didn’t stop the race winner setting an astronomical time (she was preparing to represent GB at the World CHampionships so we’d expect a pretty top performance!)
Here’s our video of the morning’s racing;

Stage 4 ITT Ras na mBan

Stage 4 at the An Post Rás na mBan is the ITT - here's how we got on this morning in the wind!RGB Building Supplies Scimitar Sports

Posted by Cycle Engage UK on Samstag, 9. September 2017

Stage 5

Saturday 9th September
Start 18:15
40km Circuit Race
Race timetable

Stage 5 is a city centre circuit race around the centre of Kilkenny, passing along the medieval mile and passing Kilkenny Castle on every lap.
Here are our video highlights from the evening’s racing:

Stage 5 Ras na mBan Criterium

Stage 5 of the An Post Rás na mBan is the criterium in Kilkenny city centre - it was fast and furious with the bunch torn to shreds within minutes of the race getting underway.

Posted by Cycle Engage UK on Samstag, 9. September 2017

With a big bunch it’s key to get a good start - note Margriet showing her experience here with a solid front line start, on the outside of the first corner and with a wide stance to protect her space. She might look like she’s just chilling but it’s all for a reason!

On the start line for the criterium around Kilkenny city centre

Racing was fast and furious and the bunch was soon whittled down to a select few to duke out the final laps of the race.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Sean Rowe, Scimitar Sports
Sean Rowe

Here are highlights from both of Saturday’s stages:

Stage 4 and Stage 5 highlights

Posted by An Post Rás na mBan on Samstag, 9. September 2017

Stage 6

Sunday 10th September
Start 11:30
90km Road Race
Race timetable

The final stage of the Ras does not let up for weary legs and has quite some climbing still to come.
Now that we were on the final day our pre-race routine was absolutely nailed and we were ready to go for the final 90 km of racing.

team RGB Building Supplies, Trek Emonda SL6 Pro, Trek bikes
Our team bikes are ready to roll for the final stage

With a long stage ahead and weary legs there’s not much need for too much of a warm up but it’s good to get the legs spinning ready for any early attacks.

All the comedians are out this morning...

Posted by Cycle Engage UK on Sonntag, 10. September 2017

Quite quickly the peloton was split with Jenny joining a working gruppetto to finish off the race.

Jenny works well to bring together a good grupetto

Posted by Cycle Engage UK on Sonntag, 10. September 2017

The girls weathered the stage and looked well placed for the finish.

Team RGB Building Supplies, Cycle Engage UK, Ras na mBan, Women's Cycling, Sean Rowe, Scimitar Sports
Margriet and Maddie at the head of the bunch. Sean Rowe

In the convoy, the team car was called upon to provide neutral service for the chasing bunch as the race split over the main climb of the day. After some hard racing the groups came back together and we were recalled to the main convoy.

From inside the team car as we follow the second bunch, providing neutral service to the riders.

With some rain at the finish conditions were slippy which unfortunately brought Margriet down just 2k from the finish. She got back up and rolled to the finish.
Luckily Maddie managed to avoid the crash and was reveling in the wet slippy conditions as she came up to take 12th in the final stage sprint.

At the finish line outside Kilkenny Castle after a great week of racing. (Margiret is missing as she's being seen by doctors after a crash in the final few km)

Here are the highlights from the final stage of racing:

Highlights - Stage 6 2017

🎥Stage 6 Highlights🎥90km road race from Springhill Court Hotel, finishing in Kilkenny, Ireland along the Medieval Mile.An Post Cycling National Dairy Council Kilkenny County Council Wicklow 200

Posted by An Post Rás na mBan on Sonntag, 10. September 2017

Eurosport, team rgb building supplies, scimitar sports
Highlights were shown on Eurosport over several days following the race

Many thanks to RGB Building Supplies, The Room Works, Scimitar Sports, BLOC Eyewear, The Boa System, Trek Bicycle Store and many others for supporting us this season.
For a full blow by blow account of our adventures in Ireland, check our Storify from the race.
Main image: Billy Mol

South West Road Race Champion 2017

Team RGB Building Supplies, Jenny Corser, Regional Road Race Champion 2017, cycling team, women's cycling, Cycle Engage UK, Scimitar sports

We're very proud to announce that Team RGB Building Supplies rider Jenny Corser won the South West Regional Road Race Championships this weekend in Owslebury, Hampshire.

After a very attritional 60 miles of racing, Jenny Corser came out on top to take the win in the South West Regional Road Race Championships. This title joins her SW Regional Road Series title won last weekend.

Held in conjunction with the South Region Championships Jenny rode tactically to remain in contention as aggressive racing whittled the bunch down from 32 starters to just 15 riders on the finishing lap.

Jenny showed she still had energy left in the tank as she sprinted to 3rd overall in the combined race, which also gave her the win in the South West competition.

Jenny's teammates, Alice Staniford and Jenny Bolsom, finished 4th and 5th for the South West, respectively, meaning an fantastic 3 of the Top 5 at the regional champs were Team RGB Building Supplies riders.

South West Podium

 J Corser, Team RGB Building Supplies
 E Cockcroft, Bianchi Dama
 H Newsham, Somerset Road Club

With such a great winning streak behind her, Jenny is now off to the Albi World Championships taking place this Sunday in southern France.


After Jenny Corser's World Championships in Albi it's just a few weeks before we set off to Ireland for the week long Ras na mBan international stage race which will be a fantastic adventure to round out the racing season.