Monday, March 28, 2011

Oak Bay Bicycle's womens team riding Ridley Asterias

There may still be snow in some parts of Canada but Oak Bay Bicycles are getting ready for the new race season on the Asteria. Good luck to the team, we're looking forward to hear how the season progresses! Here's a link to their website -

Congratulations Jochim - CEO of Ridley Bikes, elected Limburg young entrepreneur of the year!

The network of young and enterprising people, JCI Limburg, voted Jochim Aerts the young entrepreneur of the year. The prestigious trophy was awarded during the closing gala in Hasselt (Belgium), to our CEO. For Jochim, the award is a confirmation for everyone's hard work over the past 20 years - "I did not expect it, but secretly hoped for it and for me this is a confirmation that we are on the right track. This trophey is obviously a reward for all of our employees."

Proficiat Jochim and the team!

Eibegger wins 2011 Tour de Taiwan

Having surrendered the Yellow jersey to TPT team mate Sohrabi at the end of stage 6, the 2009 Austrian champion stayed in the race by occupying no 2 spot in the general classification and claimed back the yellow jersey on the final stage of the tour going up Yangmingshan in tough weather conditions that had more in common with his homeland. This marks Markus Eibegger's (& Ridley Damocles) first tour win in Asia.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Eibegger takes over Yellow Jersey in Taiwan

While Sohrabi and his Noah have taken all the limelight during the past 3 events of the UCI Asia Tour calendar the affable Austrian has put in great performances with podium spots and top ten finishes in the general classification. So it came as no surprise when Markus Eibegger shrugged off the cold, wind and rain to take stage 3 of the Tour de Taiwan on his Ridley Damocles during the coldest winter of Taiwan in 40 years. Along the way Markus managed to pick up both KOMs and so took over the mountain classification Jersey too. Eibegger now leads the race with a 12 second margin followed by team mate Sohrabi.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CX Season Review with Nicole Duke

Sohrabi puts on Yellow Jersey in Taiwan

Mehdi Sohrabi of TPT & Ridley continue their domination of the UCI Asia Tour. Sohrabi put on the Yellow Jersey after winning stage 2 of Tour of Taiwan picking up the mountain classification leader's red jersey as well as the blue jersey for the best-ranked Asian rider. He will start stage 3 with a 7 second cushion on last years winner, David McCann of Ireland (Giant Asia) and 1 min 7 seconds on yesterdays leader Adam Phelan of Australia (Drapac).

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sohrabi wins Jelajah Tour of Malaysia

Back to back tour wins for Mehdi Sohrabi, TPT and Ridley Noah.

Mehdi Sohrabi of TPT went on to win the final stage of Jelajah tour of Malaysia and the yellow jersey with a virtuoso performance. He was trailling the overnight leader, ex Footon-Servetto rider Vidal Celis Zabala of spain by 3 seconds, however by winning both sprint 2 and sprint 3 he picked up 6 bonus seconds placing him as virtual race leader by km 156. He then went on to drop all but the seasoned 9 time Irish road race and ITT champion David McCann who managed to hang on to Sohrabi till the closing kilometer. Mehdi's teammate, Markus Eibegger also put in a strong performance on his Damocles and went on to finish 8th in the overall tour classification helping TPT finish as overall leaders in the team competition.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Double Yellow

Its not very often that you see double yellow in Europe and Asia on the same brand so today was a special day for Ridley as Thomas De Gendt started stage 5 of Paris-Nice in yellow Jersey aboard his Helium while Mehdi Sohrabi of TPT started stage 3 of Jelajah Tour of Malaysia also in Yellow Jersey on his Noah. But of course this is not the first time for Ridley, it all started back in summer of 2008 when both Cadel evans & Hossein Askari wore the yellow jersey at the same time - Evans at Tour de france and Askari at the 2.HC ranked Tour of Quinqhai lake in China.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

UCI Asia Tour 2011

Racing season in Asia is well on its way and by the look of it the 2010 UCI Asia Tour champion Mehdi Sohrabi of TPT has no intention of parting with the yellow jersey in 2011 either. Having won all 5 stages of Tour of Kerman he was quick to get back in yellow by winning stage 1 of Tour of Jelajah Malaysia on his Noah after driving a 60km breakaway that was timed to perfection.

Friday, March 4, 2011

February Racing and trade showing

Asian Championships
The Asian Championships wrapped up in Thailand at the end of February with a huge medal haul for Ridley riding athletes.

The Ridley supported Iranian team secured two gold medals with Rajablou on the Arena in the Points Race and Kolahdooz riding the Dean in the Junior Individual Time Trial. Additionally Rajablou placed second in the Madison also aboard the Arena and Asgari received a pair of Bronze medals in the Road Race and the Individual Time Trial.

Tour of Kerman

At the first international tour of 2011 in Iran - Tour of Kerma - Mehdi Sohrabi of the Ridley sponsored TPI team aboard his Noah managed to win all 5 stages of the tour and of course the yellow Jersey - a 1st in the Iranian tour history! The Green Jersey was won by TPI teammate Hossein Nateghi also on his Noah

QBP Frostbike

Our US distributor QBP hosted its annual open house and defacto trade show in Minneapolis, MN. Ridley staked claim to the “Northwest Territory” by far and away the largest booth space in the show and some of the busiest realty throughout the weekend. On show were all the 2012 cyclocross bikes complete with new technology and fancy new paint schemes. The large Vlaamse Leuw backdrop shouted “WE ARE BELGIUM” to the gathered bike fans, shop owners and industry stalwarts while also providing a convenient meeting point (overheard “meet me at the Belgian lion”). Season pre-orders were brisk and plentiful as stocking dealers loaded up for a much-anticipated selling season. The Flandrien collection was a strong seller while the Customizer drew a huge amount of attention. The conversation soon turned to the weather as a true North American blizzard trucked its way into MPLS dumping over a foot of fresh snow and shutting down the airport.