Ridley Bikes has unveiled its 2011 roster of triathlon and duathlon teams.
The US based Zoot Ultra Triathlon team is composed of 10 professional and 25 top level amateur athletes. This has become ‘one of the most highly visible triathlon programs in North America’ and consistently enters 15 or more team members to Kona for the Ironman World Championships.
The Belgian based Uplace Triathlon Team features the evergreen and longstanding Ridley athlete Rutger Beke as well as six fellow Benelux athletes who compete in all forms of multisport from duathlon to full distance Ironman.
In duathlon, Ridley Bikes has teamed up with Joerie Vansteelant. Vansteelant is a multiple world champion in this discipline and winner of 10 Powerman duathlons. As of this season Joerie will focus on the longer distance duathlon. The main goals for 2011 are the Powerman European Championship in Horst (Netherlands) and Powerman World Championship in Zofingen (Switzerland).
Also Peter Croes, Olympic distance triathlete, has been signed up to represent Ridley Bikes. Croes’ goal is to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and a top spot on the ITU Dextro Energy World Championship Series.
Italian based Pepperoncino Team celebrates its tenth season of existence with a technical partner change to Ridley. This team features 18 top-level professional athletes training and competing alongside nearly fifty amateur team members.
All of these athletes will compete aboard the Ridley Dean and Dean RS models for long distance Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events, and the Noah and Noah RS for shorter Olympic or sprint distance events.
The RS models feature a more comfortable tri specific geometry and position. All of these carbon frames feature full aerodynamic technology that was designed and engineered utilising countless hours of wind tunnel testing.
According to Ridley, the Dean and Dean RS feature optimal triathlon geometry that ensures ideal positioning and superior handling characteristics. The Noah and Noah RS road frames feature stiff ProTour geometry but with the addition of special saddle clamping that allows for 73-76 degree angles for aero positioning.
Ridley’s adjustable seat angle system (a.s.a.) allows a rider to adjust his or her saddle placement to achieve the perfect riding position. This system consists of various integrated saddle clamps and aero seat-posts with variable offsets.
All four models feature the patented R-Flow Jet Foil designed forks that steer ‘dirty’ air around and away from the wheels creating a vacuum and thus reducing drag by up to 7.5%. These frames also feature Ridley’s exclusive R-Surface paint treatment on the frame’s leading edges.
This R-Surface creates a wind boundary surface on the frame that forces the airflow to adhere to the frame and exhaust in a more streamlined manner. Through wind tunnel testing, this patented system reduces frontal drag on the frame by up to 4%.