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Project Speed with Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling

With COVID19 severely affecting the road racing calendar in 2020 and the time trial scene returning to some level of normality there was an opportunity to be taken advantage of. Enter Project Speed. The project was put to us by Jack and the team at Ribble Weldtite to dive deep into the teams aerodynamic optimisation with the goal to clean sweep the National championships and set Ribble Weldtite as the benchmark. The team are a registered team on the UCI Europe tour, up against some of the best riders from across the globe, with an already strong background in time trailing. The team’s time trialling abilities were shown throughout the 2019 season at the individual British time trial championships. John...

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HUUB Wattbike Race Report - HSBC UK British National Track Championships

WattShop optimised HUUB Wattbike Riders dominated the HSBC UK British National Track Championships: Team Pursuit - Gold, Competition & Track record Individual Pursuit - Gold, Silver, Bronze, 4th, 5th Kilo - Gold, Silver, Bronze Points - Bronze

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History of Waxed Chains

Waxed chains were pioneered by Jason Smith of Friction Facts, an American company performing research and testing in to lubrication, chains, bearings and all other drive-train paraphernalia. Jason found that current lubricants just weren't up to scratch, with some lubricants being up to 6w worse than his optimum paraffin wax recipe at a 250w power output. These results were published by VeloNews in their February 2014 VeloLab test, available here Jason's own process involves running in a chain, cleaning it in a ultrasonic bath and then waxing it with a special mix of paraffin wax, PTFE and MoS2.Jason was selling his own optimised chains under the Ultra Fast Optimisation (UFO) brand until 2015 where he was bought out by CeramicSpeed....

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