Russell Downing (Cult Energy Pro Cycling) flew the flag for his home county at the Tour de Yorkshire, bagging a top ten finish on stage two and finishing 23rd overall.
Downing joined Danish-based squad Cult Energy ahead of the 2015 season, moving back up to UCI ProContinental level after a year with British-based, Continental-registered outfit NFTO.
We stopped by the Cult Energy mechanics’ truck at the Tour de Yorkshire to check out Downing’s bike. Take a look at the 36-year-old Ridley Helium SL in the gallery below.
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Ridley Helium SL
Yorkshireman Russell Downing returned to ProContinental level racing this year with Cult Energy Pro Cycling, which meant trading NFTO's SwiftCarbon for the Danish team's weapon of choice - the Ridley Helium SL.
Downing was named as the team's leader for his home race and ultimately finished 23rd overall, with his best stage placing seventh on day two. Downing is the only Brit on the team.
The Helium SL is Belgian brand Ridley's super-light frame, with a claimed weight of less than 800g. It's made from a blend of 60t, 40t and 30t carbon fibre designed to maximise the frame's stiffness-to-weight ratio.
4ZA is the in-house componentry arm of Ridley and, interstingly, Downing uses the brand's entry-level aluminium Stratos handlebar and stem, rather than kit from the Cirrus range, which uses a higher grade of aluminium, or the carbon fibre Cirrus Pro line-up.
Downing's seatpost and saddle also come from 4ZA. The post is a carbon fibre Cirrus Pro unit, while the saddle is from the Cirrus range.
Cult Energy Pro Cycling use Black Inc wheels. The little-known brand has two wheelsets in its line-up, the Black Thirty and Black Fifty, available in both clincher and tubular formats. The Black Thirty has a claimed weight of just 1,198g and the deeper Black Fifty is a claimed 1,350g. Downing's wheels are wrapped in Schwalbe One tubular tyres.
Mix and match
Downing's bike is equipped with a mix and match selection of the latest Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical components and an crankset from the previous iteration of Shimano's flagship setup. Downing puts the power down on LOOK Keo Blade 2 pedals and his wattage is record by an SRM power meter.
CeramicSpeed bearings keep the cranks running smoothly. Note the 'Tested on Pavé' label on the downtube - Ridley are proud of their Belgian heritage.