Melton athlete Bex Rimmington selected for four-strong global triathlon team

Published: 08:30 Thursday 26 April 2018

Bex Rimmington was our sports personality of the year in 2011 EMN-180425-151735002

Bex Rimmington was our sports personality of the year in 2011

Prolific Melton sportswoman Bex Rimmington has landed one of just four places in an ambitious global triathlon team. Bex was the only British athlete selected among thousands of applicants, and one of just two women, to join the Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team.

Bex (left) tastes success as a rower at the Henley Regatta EMN-180425-151724002

Bex (left) tastes success as a rower at the Henley Regatta

Zwift began their search in February, inviting applications to join ‘the world’s best supported amateur tri team’. Bex, who now lives in Lancashire, will receive coaching from an expert team, led by British former triathlon world champion Tim Don, to compete at the Ironman World Championships, in Hawaii, in October.

“Words cannot even describe how excited I am about this,” she said. “I’m absolutely made-up to be named in the academy.”

The quartet, which also includes Rachael Norfleet, from the United States, Geert Janssens, of Belgium, and German athlete Golo Philippe Röhrken, will receive cutting-edge training equipment and attend a testing session in California.

The 35-year-old spent a few years as a triathlete, having started out as a successful swimmer, and won gold at the European Age Group Triathlon Championships.

She then decided to concentrate on cycling and was selected as a tandem pilot with the British Para-cycling team.

Bex spent a stint in rowing after being talent-scouted, but soon returned to two wheels, going on to ride as a professional for women’s cycling team Team WNT last year.

But after a racing crash in the Czech Republic blighted her season, she decided it was time to up the ante still further and dive into ironman long-distance triathlons.

Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a full marathon, all to be completed without a break.

“The Ironman and triathlon dream got put on the backburner while I pursued my cycling,” Bex explained.

“But after the crash I had problems with my wrist, and only recently, after surgery, have I been able to put weight through my hand on the bike and pick things up without dropping them.

“I thought long and hard as to what I could do this year to still be competitive and also rehabilitate my hand, so that was when I decided maybe taking that raincheck on the ironman was the right time.

“I have every intention of getting back to bike racing, but I need to make sure I’m 100 per cent right before going back into the peloton.”


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Bex Rimmington selected for Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team

Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team

In February (HERE), Zwift launched their 2018 Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team project, searching for four athletes to join “The World’s Best Supported Amateur Tri Team”.

Not surprisingly, 1000’s of applications soon followed, but there could only be four athletes selected. The winners are announced here, including news that one of the four, Bex Rimmington, will provide British interest to the team, which also includes athletes from the USA, Belgium and Germany.

Bex was a national level swimmer as a junior, has been a professional cyclist and also a Pilot rider for the visually impaired on the Para-Cycling programme, in a varied sporting career. It will be interesting to see how that background translates to IRONMAN racing.

Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team Announced

Best supported amateur triathlon team to compete at the Ironman Triathlon Championships in Kona, Hawaii with high-level backing from Specialized and Zwift.

Zwift, the global online training platform for cyclists and runners, today announced the selection of four top amateur triathletes who will form the inaugural Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team. Four members, two men and two women, hailing from the US, Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom, will train on Zwift with the ultimate focus on competing for the age group podium at the IRONMAN World Championships at Kona, Hawaii.

2018 Specialized Zwift Triathlon Academy Team:

  • Rachael Norfleet, US
  • Geert Janssens, Belgium
  • Golo Philippe Röhrken, Germany
  • Bex Rimmington, United Kingdom

“I feel absolutely honoured and thrilled to be part of the Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team”, says Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team member, Golo Philippe Röhrken. “I am looking forward to meet people who share the same passion as I do, to develop the idea of sharing workouts and sessions with athletes via Zwift and to be part of this professional project towards Kona 2018, surrounded by the best material and advice possible.”

Created in 2016, the groundbreaking Zwift Academy program set out to identify undiscovered cycling talent using the virtual training environment of Zwift. Since then, three amateur cyclists have found homes in the professional cycling peloton, on the Canyon//SRAM Racing team and Team Dimension Data. With the recent launch of Zwift Run, turning the Zwift Academy program towards triathlon was a natural expansion.

The Team will be generating content from their training and racing in the build up to Kona 2018. In addition, the team will be engaging the Zwift Community by leading group runs and cycling sessions on the online training platform.

The Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team athletes will benefit from the best support package of any amateur team in triathlon. Zwift will make smart trainers and treadmills available to the team members while title partner, Specialized will help to ensure each athlete receives the best bike equipment possible, through a full package of S-Works gear, a Retül fitting, and Win Tunnel testing session at their Morgan Hill, CA headquarters.

“We are super excited about this group of incredible athletes and look forward to meeting the team here in Morgan Hill.” says Mark Cote, Head of Global Marketing and Innovation at Specialized. “We will be equipping each with S-Works bikes and equipment and making sure each is optimized biomechanically and aerodynamically in our Human Performance Lab and Win Tunnel.”

Alongside equipment, the Team will receive careful coaching support from Tim Don, race mentoring from Lucy Charles, as well as support for racing logistics from Zwift.

“There were thousands of applications to the Specialized Zwift Academy and the calibre of athletes were extremely impressive,” says IRONMAN World Record Holder and Olympian Tim Don. “Selection was a difficult task for the team, but I feel confident that we have four triathletes capable of reaching the podium at Kona. I’m looking forward to now meeting with them and helping them achieve their dream.”

“It still doesn’t seem that long ago that I was an amateur triathlete, it’s been a whirlwind few years,” offers Specialized athlete Lucy Charles. “As an amateur, I’d have loved to have this level of support and mentoring.”

Additionally, Zwift will be covering associated expenses for the team throughout the season, including a $1500 USD budget contribution towards a qualifying event of the athlete’s choosing as well as entry fees, flights, and accommodations for the Kona IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

“With the launch of Zwift Run, now more than ever, Zwift is poised to be the ultimate training tool for triathletes,” says Eric Min, Zwift co-founder and CEO. “We wanted to not only showcase that with this team of incredible athletes, but also to demonstrate our commitment to the dedicated triathlete community that thrives in Zwift. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can all do together in Kona and beyond.”

For more information on the new Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team, go to Follow the team’s journey on social media at @gozwifttri on Twitter and @gozwifttriathlon on Instagram.

Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon Team


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British Masters Track Championships, Newport

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Tour de Feminine – Krasna Lipa, Czech Republic

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Crash ends Czech tour for Melton rider Bex Rimmington

Thursday 13 July 2017

Bex Rimmington combined a job with racing for Team WNT last year EMN-170524-142358002

Melton professional cycle racer Bex Rimmington has vowed to return before the season’s out after a high-speed crash left her with a broken wrist.

The 34-year-old was brought down while descending at 31mph during the second stage of the Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic.

Rimmington, who is in her debut season as a pro rider with Team WNT, finished the first stage in a creditable 86th out of 183 starters, but her chances of making further in-roads the following day were brought to an abrupt end.

“Apparently someone hit a pothole two rows in front of me,” she said.

“I thought I was going to hold it up, but then the girl at the side of me came down and put her bars into my front wheel.

“I ended up at the bottom of a pile of 20 or so riders and then taken to hospital with a broken wrist.

She is determined to recover as quickly as possible and race again this season.

“I’m going to be out for a little bit, but I hope to be back before the season’s out.”

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The Secret Feminist? Women’s Sport Week

 Friday 23rd June 2017

I don’t really think that I am a feminist? There are certain riders on my team that are very passionate about promoting feminism and can happily have a good debate if challenged and certainly state some very valid points, but on women’s sport week I’m beginning to think that maybe I am a secret feminist or maybe I have just been completely unaware of this for years!?!

So what has sparked the need to write this post, I have recently signed up to British Cycling’s Ignite Your Coaching Program which is an initiative to promote women’s coaching by creating a variety of networks with other coaches and mentors to help bring female coaching to the forefront of the sport.

A common theme is a lack of female role models in coaching; so I started thinking back to when I was younger, who influenced me and whether I had any female role models?

Coaching and teaching has always been a big part of my life, I first started teaching swimming when I was 14 years old at my local club, why did I decide to get involved and at such a young age?

I would often get to training early as our only means of transport was by bus, so I would watch the young swimmers starting out on their journey, the truth was I thought I could do a better job, so I asked whether I could take a lane – pretty confident from a 14-year old surrounded by an adult coaching team! I was by no means deterred, in fact I believed I could make a difference and so that’s what I set out to do – fast forward 10-years and one of my swimmers from that lane became national champion! 

I am always really keen to differentiate between teaching and coaching, as I progressed on my own swimming pathway I joined the local club, the first two people to teach and coach me were Zoe and Mrs Fountain, I say teach and coach as I was still very much learning new skills whilst being introduced to the concept that this was now being linked to fitness and ultimately racing, but in this early phase of being in a club environment there was no shortage of female teachers.

Once I started racing I was soon immersed into a world which I would class as coaching – I suppose this is when things started to change as all my coaches were male – for me it didn’t bother me because in my head I was going to be a champion swimmer and these people were going to help me get there.

The first female coach that I had was at the age of 18 at the City of Coventry, Jo Deakins was an Olympian and specialist in the same stroke and distance as me, I looked up to her and bought into everything that she said, but having been swimming competitively since the age of 9 I can only recall a handful of female coaches being on poolside at races, but on reflection I would possibly say that they had some of the most successful squads. 

Since my swimming days I have tried a variety of sports such as triathlon and rowing on my path to becoming a cyclist – and again I have only had three female coaches, one in each sport.

In terms of female role models growing up, maybe as a child of the 80’s I was a little bit different, my swimming role model was Kristina Egerszeski, a very successful Hungarian swimmer, World and Olympic champion someone to aspire too. It seems strange that in an era where females did not have the publicity and exposure of male athletes, I managed pluck out and follow the career of a Hungarian swimmer.


So why the secret feminist? Times are changing and there is certainly a lot more awareness of female coaches, some of the people I really look up to and certainly think they have great coaching philosophies are Melanie Marshall, someone who I used to swim against and has now gone on to coach Adam Peaty to Olympic success, Judy Murray for her drive and passion for development in tennis, then other former top sports women such as Chrissie Wellington who is doing an abundance to raise the profile of women in sport.

 As a female cyclist on a professional team, sometimes you forget that you are a role model for others, or that you might be leaving a path for others to follow and maybe even creating the seed of change; this is possibly the first time I have taken a step back and started to realise how quickly things are changing.

 So whilst I may not be screaming and shouting from the roof tops about my secret feminism, hopefully I am doing my bit to help promote and increase female participation in sport.

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Maraton Franja UCI Time Trial, Ljubljana, Slovenia


1) Ann-Sophie DUYCK BEL DRP 30 in 27’10”
2) Eugenia BUJAK POL BTC 28 +5
3) Elinor BARKER GBR 23 +6
4) Hayley SIMMONDS GBR WNT 29 +7
5) Anna POTOKINA RUS SER 30 +1:09
6) Anastasiia IAKOVENKO RUS 22 +1:11
8) Olena PAVLUKHINA AZE ASA 28 +1:24
9) Vittoria BUSSI ITA 30 +1:25
10) Hanna NILSSON SWE 25 +1:33
11) Lisa MORZENTI ITA ASA 19 +1:33
12) Line Marie GULLIKSEN NOR 27 +1:45
13) Nikola NOSKOVÁ CZE BPK 20 +1:57
14) Alice GASPARINI ITA SER 20 +2:10
15) Marta CAVALLI ITA VAL 19 +2:19
16) Thrude KARLSEN NOR 44 +2:26
17) Rebecca RIMMINGTON GBR 34 +2:34
18) Svetlana VASILEVA RUS 22 +2:34
19) Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN NOR HPU 41 +2:47
20) Polona BATAGELJ SLO BTC 28 +2:58
21) Claudia CRETTI ITA VAL 21 +3:10
22) Silvia POLLICINI ITA VAL 19 +3:19
23) Josie KNIGHT IRL WNT 20 +3:24
24) Mónika KIRÁLY HUN MIC 34 +4:04



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Womens Cicle Classic Report

Women’s CiCLE Classic: World champion Katie Archibald sprints to victory

The Women’s CiCLE Classic firmly established itself on the map on Sunday when world and Olympic champion Katie Archibald took the spoils after a thrilling race.

The Rio 2016 gold medallist held off a strong challenge in the closing stages and sprinted clear of her three rivals in the Sherrard Street finish.

The Team WNT Pro Cycling rider also claimed the Queen of the Bergs crown after a gripping second edition of the race, which formed part of the National Women’s Road Series.

Long-time leader Laura Massey had to settle for second place, while defending national series champion Nikki Juniper, who is recovering from a broken collarbone, took third spot.

But there was no happy homecoming for Archibald’s Team WNT team-mate Bex Rimmington.The Melton rider endured a frustrating day of three punctures, the first coming just 15 minutes into the race after Cuckoo Hill.

A final one on the second passage of the notorious Somerberg sector put paid to her hopes of a top finish as she finished five minutes down on the winner in 39th.

She said: “I certainly didn’t go to the race to get the lantern rouge (for last placed rider), but I’m made up that Katie Archibald got the win for Team WNT.

“I’d like to thank (race director) Colin Clews for making this event happen and to my family and friends for coming out to support.”

The race stayed together for the early part of the race, and when a five-strong group looked to go clear, they were soon hauled in.

Massey pounced at the day’s first crash, springing clear to quickly build a 30-second lead.

She made the most of a clear route on the off-road sectors to lift her advantage up to 1min 45secs, and she still led the way with 34km left of the 95km course.

Archibald and Juniper finally decided to go, and they quickly made up ground as conditions proved testing for those behind.As the rain became heavier, the three came together with each looking to find their own decisive break.

But Payton gave the race a new dimension as she roared back to set up a four-way fight for the finish line in the closing kilometre.

With little to choose between them after more than two hours in the saddle, Archibald got the spring at the right time to take the win.


Melton rider Bex Rimmington (centre) approaches Somerby EMN-170606-175259002

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Melton’s Bex Rimmington right at home in Women’s CICLE Classic

Bex Rimmington will form part of a formidable six-strong Team WNT squad on Sunday.

Bex Rimmington will be eager to get full value from her local knowledge when she returns to Melton for her home race this weekend.

The 34-year-old will face eerily familiar challenges when she competes in Sunday’s Women’s CiCLE Classic as part of a formidable Team WNT squad.

Melton-born and bred Bex set up home in Lancashire several years ago, but her grounding in the sport came along the borough’s country lanes and minor roads.

“It is my home race and I was desperate to do it,” she said. “I’ve been down to watch the men’s race every year so I was made up to be named in the squad. “I have grown up riding my bike on these roads so I know where I’ll need to be at certain points of the race.”

Bex has been given race number 40 in the official start list, but as with most riders who will take the start line in Sherrard Street, she may have to focus on supporting her team-mates on the day.

Her team-mates will include world and Olympic champion Katie Archibald (no 42), British criterium champion Eileen Roe (no 44) and Gabriella Shaw (no 45) who was sixth at last year’s inaugural Classic.

Team WNT have also drafted in the help of Ian Wilkinson, the only two-time winner of the men’s international race. “We will see how everyone’s feeling after the recce and see what everyone’s objectives and aims are then,” Bex added.

“A lot of the girls are using it as a hit-out for the Women’s Tour the week after.

“This year I’ve been helping out the team a lot, but we’ll have to see on the day if we’re running out of wheels.

“It’s going to be either sacrifice my chances or go for it myself; we’ll just play it by ear and see what happens.”

The women’s race will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2pm, with the junior men’s edition going off in the morning (9.30am).Both will face the same tough 95km course which covers much of the men’s international race.

“It’s going to be tough, there’s no other way to describe it,” she said.

“The off-road sectors make it very unpredictable so everyone will need to be on top of their game.”

Having made her UCI debut on the Continent this year, Bex will return to Melton a better rider than when she left.

Since signing on as a full-time professional for this season when WNT took the step up to UCI status, Bex has had to get used to living out of a suitcase, or kit bag to be precise.

She made her international debut in a two-day race in Luxembourg in April and has ridden in Spain and France in recent weeks.

She will head to Slovenia next week for a one-day race and after a week at home, she then heads to the Isle of Man for the National Championships.

“It’s been crazy, but it’s so much fun,” she added. “Everything I own is in my kit bag basically.

“My best UCI result was last week in France when I was 39th. On paper it doesn’t look so great, but the temperature was in the mid-30s, I was doing bottle runs for the team and only 40 seconds off the winner going into the final climb.

“I was pretty pleased overall; it shows I’m starting to find my place in the peloton.

“Every race I come away from having learned something. You’re stepping into the unknown every time, but the amount you get back from it is incredible.”

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