Touch, feel and experience Raleigh’s 2015 range at the NEC Cycle Show

Don’t be shy! At this year’s NEC Cycle Show not only will you be able to get up close and personal with Raleigh road, electric, city and kids bikes but you’ll also be able to saddle up and ride a Raleigh on the Cycle Show test track. Touch, feel, ride and experience the best.

From Thursday September 25th until Sunday September 28th Raleigh will have its 2015 range on display at stand D41 at the UK’s biggest cycle show.

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In front of 25,000+ consumers at the Cycle Show, Raleigh will present its broadest and best quality range yet.

The highly rated Road, Electric, City and Kids bikes will be on display at stand D41 and selected models will be available for demo rides on the Cycle Show test tracks.

Seminar sessions

The first two days of the show (Thursday and Friday) will give invited guests the chance to listen to presentations about the development of Raleigh’s bicycle (10am and 1pm) and accessories (11am and 2pm) lines, plus its Cyclelife franchise (12pm and 3pm).

On the start grid

And on the Sunday Raleigh’s professional riders and sponsored athletes Matthieu Boulo, Jake Poole and Phil Roach will be in action on the cyclocross circuit, testing out the new RX cyclocross models.

What’s new for 2015?

Read on for more about the bikes on display:

Road bikes

2015-road-workbook-coverRaleigh’s 2015 road range caters for practically every major road cycling discipline, from elite performance to multi-day tours, with a focus on prestigious, modern British design right across the board.

Under the road category are the Militis performance, Revenio endurance, Maverick touring and RX cyclocross bikes, which are doing wonders for changing preconceptions about what a Raleigh bike is.

Geoff Giddings, Raleigh Marketing Director: “The 2015 range is our broadest and best quality range yet. Without doubt this is most exciting range we’ve produced. It’s an amalgamation of our hobbies, our pastimes and our pleasures. And we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Find Raleigh road bikes at stand D41 or to get your hands on the new range head over to the road bike test track and look for the Raleigh display.

Electric bikes

Joining the top of the range Motus electric bike are the new Forge and Captus electric bikes, making their debut at the show.

With motor technology from Bosch and JD the new Forge and Captus electric bikes are set to retail at £1250 and £1750.

If you’ve never experienced electric bike power we highly recommend you head over to the test track and ask for the Raleigh electric bikes. We’ve not yet seen someone try an electric bike without coming back smiling!

Find Raleigh’s electric bikes at stand D41 or ask for your free demo ride at the electric bike test track.

City bikes

After hugely positive responses to Raleigh’s 2014 Strada street range the models continue into 2015 with their SRAM technology.

We’ll have the Strada 8 with its SRAM G8 internal hub gears and the Strada 4 with its SRAM Automatix 2-speed hub gear and belt drive on display, showing you hassle-free alternatives for city biking.

We’ll also have the unique Chloe and Wayfarer cruiser style bikes and newly designed Pioneer and Classic ranges.

Find Raleigh’s city bikes at stand D41.

Kids bikes

DSC_2018Making their debut at the NEC Cycle Show is Raleigh’s performance kids bikes.

The lightweight performance-orientated bikes are suited to both road and off-road, dirt-track, grass-track or tarmac-track racing and are sized for kids from ages 3 (14″ wheel) to 11 (26″ wheel).

Aluminium triple butted frames (20″ – 26″ models) with 4130 chromoly rigid forks and performance components are perfect for aspiring junior cycle club riders.

Jayne Bakes, Raleigh Kids Bikes Product Manager, “We’ve taken our time with the new performance models to make sure they’re absolutely on the money. We believe in quality and reliability and that’s just what parents can expect with our 2015 range. They’ve been designed for kids who want to progress and take their riding to the next level, and that can only come from a technologically advanced bike.”

As well as being available to see at stand D41, twelve of Raleigh’s 2015 kids bikes will be available for test rides on the test track at this year’s NEC Cycle Show. The bikes are suitable for children aged 3 to 9 (14″ to 24″).

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Tour of Britain update: Mark Christian caught with 3km to go in breathless Bristol escape bid

Raleigh-GAC’s Mark Christian was close to having the ride of his life on Stage 4 at the Tour of Britain and for a time the young Manx man was the virtual leader on the road.

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The 115 mile stage from Worcester to Bristol on Wednesday 10th September took in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, perfect for a break to escape. And so it did with a few early flurries and then one that stuck featuring four riders including Movistar’s Alex Dowsett.

Mark Christian sensed this was a move to be part of and together with another four riders, he bridged the gap to the Dowsett group.

The break worked well together through the halfway point at Broadway, gaining over five minutes on the peleton at one stage.

As Mark was the highest placed rider in the General Classification this meant he was the virtual leader on the road. If the break maintained the gap he was guaranteed to take the lead in the race overall.

Through the rolling hills of South Gloucestershire it seemed as though the peleton were running out of road. But with the cycling city of Bristol in sight it took a concerted effort from Saxo, Sky and IAM Cycling to bring the break back with an agonizing 3km to go, just before the second category climb of Bridge Valley Road and onto the finishing straight along Clifton Downs.

With Mark Christian now back in the bunch and out of contention it was Matthieu Boulo who powered up the final climb with the second group to finish 12th, six seconds behind race winner Michal Kwiatkowski, giving Raleigh-GAC their best result in this year’s Tour of Britain.

Speaking after the race an exhausted Mark Christian said, “It was great feeling to be out front and in front of the cameras all day. As we got closer I began to think ‘what if’ but the bunch was too strong on that long straight run in.”

Despite the potential of leading the GC being snatched away Team Manager Cherie Pridham was elated with efforts: “With Mark only a minute-plus off the GC this morning I think we caused some panic amongst the bigger teams in the race. 

“Today was a special day for us and is quite possibly our best result yet in the Tour of Britain. We’ll keep chipping away though and with five stages left we’ll see how we can animate things in the second half of the race.”

Tomorrow’s stage between Exmouth and Exeter features some of the toughest climbs yet in this year’s Tour. The riders in contention for the GC will be looking to steal vital seconds off each other but with the favourites marking each other, will Stage 5 be the day when a break is allowed to escape?

 

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Raleigh’s new 2015 kids bike range launches with a focus on performance

Whether you have a pre-school wobbler, a middle-school mile cruncher or a big school bike nut, Raleigh’s new 2015 kids range is a sure-fire bet to be top of your child’s wish list this Christmas.

New for 2015 is an eye-catching premium range with performance components for aspiring junior cycle club riders.

Performance-kidsNot only will the bold and bright frame colours allow your child to stand out but the lightweight aluminium triple butted frames (20″ – 26″ models) with 4130 chromoly rigid forks will give your child the competitive edge, providing a great stepping stone bike for our future athletes.

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The lightweight performance-orientated bikes are suited to both road and off-road, dirt-track, grass-track or tarmac track racing and are sized for kids from ages 3 (14″ wheel) to 11 (26″ wheel).

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As well as performance models the 2015 kids range also includes new city-style aluminium models such as the Rosina, Scarlet Rose and West Bay featuring front baskets, comfort sprung saddles, rear carriers, mudguards, classic chrome bells and under lacquer decals.

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Also the ever-popular Zero 16”-24” mountain bikes (including new 18”) now comes with aluminium formed tubes, embossed saddle and new, hard-wearing under-lacquer decals.

Jayne Bakes, Raleigh Kids Bikes Product Manager, “We’ve taken our time with the new performance models to make sure they’re absolutely on the money. We believe in quality and reliability and that’s just what parents can expect with our 2015 range. They’ve been designed for kids who want to progress and take their riding to the next level, and that can only come from a technologically advanced bike.”

“Likewise we’ve worked hard to make sure that certain technologies are available throughout the Raleigh kids range to ensure that, whatever your budget, whatever your riding style, you’re getting quality and reliability throughout.”

“The entire range has been boosted by some excellent design work and components from Shimano so we’re expecting strong demand in the run-up to Christmas,”

All Raleigh 20” and 24” kids bikes now feature upgraded Shimano rear derailleurs, as well as Revoshift gears, non-slip safety pedals, v-brakes with front modulators, kick stands, gear protectors and size-specific brake levers.

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The Raleigh 2015 Kids range starts at £95 and the new performance models costs between £200 to £325.

Find the new Raleigh 2015 range on the Raleigh website here.

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Tour of Britain Stage 1: Three riders in top 25 give Raleigh-GAC 2nd place in Team competition

Day 1 of the 2014 Tour of Britain and it certainly didn’t disappoint. A strong showing in the Team standings and riders well placed in the General Classification give Raleigh-GAC an excellent start.

 

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The six riders chosen for Raleigh-GAC were introduced to the crowds in their new Tour of Britain kit before Team Manager Cherie Pridham outlined the plans for the day

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With Liverpool bathed in sunshine and thousands of fans lining the street for the 8-lap circuit race, there was action from the gun in the city centre criterium.

The day’s early break allowed plenty of TV air time for the Raleigh-GAC team until a mechanical problem called the team car mechanic into action and forced the rider back to the bunch.

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From thereon in the peleton allowed the break to remain clear until the final lap.

That’s when the pace picked up furiously as all 20 teams seemed to be trying to organise their lead out trains. Except no one team was able to take control so the head of the race became a rotating, disorganised mass of riders. 

Into the final kilometre Ian Wilkinson was ducking and diving and placing himself well to secure a solid result until his luck ran out and he too became boxed in with nowhere to go. Instead it was Yanto Barker and Morgan Kneisky who were separated by half a wheel in 15th and 17th with Wilkinson finishing 25th.

The points for those positions gave Raleigh-GAC second place in the Team competition, one point away from leading the Team standings.

Team Manager Eddie White: “It was that fast and that hard coming into the finish that it became a dangerous place to be. So I think we produced a fantastic result to keep three guys up there challenging to the finish.

“With the way the lads are riding I’ve every confidence that we’ll be seeing plenty more of Raleigh-GAC in front of the cameras.”

Tomorrow’s stage takes the riders from Knowsley Safari Park to Llandudno, finishing on the seafront after what promises to be stunning coastal climb around the Great Orme. 

 

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Raleigh-GAC team announced for Tour of Britain

Team Manager Cherie Pridham today announced the six riders who’ll line up for Raleigh-GAC in Liverpool at the start of this year’s Tour of Britain.

A mix of fast circuit race stages, tough mountainous stages and challenging rolling stages, will keep Yanto Barker, Ian Wilkinson, Mathieu Boulo, Morgan Kneisky, Mark Christian and George Atkins on their toes for the 8 days of the Tour, which starts in Liverpool on Sunday 7th September.

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“This year’s team is the most rounded we’ve ever had and in terms of our back room support, we’re more dialed than we have been for any previous of our Tour of Britain races,” said Pridham.

“That said, this year the Tour is a HC event and with that comes an increase in publicity and live television coverage so everyone will be looking for their five minutes of fame.”

As a Continental team facing the might of World Tour teams, Raleigh-GAC will be looking to exploit opportunities to that materialize on the road.

“Several riders have stated personal objectives that they want to fulfill and they fit well with the team objectives too.

“We’ll be playing to our strengths and looking to take every opportunity to find a break that sticks, place well in the points competitions or finish well overall.

“After this summer’s events [Tour de France and Commonwealth Games] we’re really excited to see what kind of crowds are coming out. Being involved in such a high profile race is a tantalizing prospect for riders and staff and sponsors too.”

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With Stage 1 and Stage 8 effectively running as town centre criteriums, the staple diet of British racing teams, Raleigh-GAC has plenty of experience in this area.

But with Yanto Barker picking up the Elite Men’s Road Race title last week too, Raleigh-GAC are more than capable of performing well in road races on our UK roads.

“We have a team capable of delivering something on every stage in this race, whether that be a result or significant media exposure. We certainly have the legs, we just need the luck.” 

The stages will be shown live on ITV4 with evening highlights.

You can catch the Tour at these locations

Sunday September 7
Stage one: Liverpool city centre circuit, 130km

Monday September 8
Stage two: Knowsley to Llandudno, 197km

Tuesday September 9
Stage three: Newtown to the Tumble, 150km

Wednesday September 10
Stage four: Worcester to Bristol, 182km

Thursday September 11
Stage five: Exmouth to Exeter, 171km

Friday September 12
Stage six: Bath to Hemel Hempstead, 203km

Saturday September 13
Stage seven: Camberley to Brighton, 220km

Sunday September 14
Stage eight: The London stage: 8a time trial, 8.8km; 8b circuit race, 88.8km

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Barker claims British Cycling Elite Road Series 2014 title

yanto-elite-men-road-race-cropWith fourth place in Sunday’s British Cycling Ipswich and Coastal Grand Prix, Team Raleigh-GAC’s Yanto Barker secured the Elite Road Series title and along with it, helped Raleigh-GAC claim the Team prize in the same series.

Going into the final round Barker led Velosure-Giordana’s Marcin Bialoblocki by 21 points. With 30 points on offer for the victory, Barker needed to finish within 9 places of Bialoblocki to claim the title.

However, with Raleigh-GAC also aiming to secure the team competition, the series was far from a foregone conclusion.

 

An early escape posed no threat to Raleigh-GAC’s standing in either competition and for much of the race it looked as though the break would succeed.

Into the closing stages of the 200km race the escapees began to tire and to neutralise further attacks the Raleigh-GAC team took the lead with Rapha to control the race.

With the bunch averaging 35mph to break was soon reeled in and with the main bunch all back together for the finish it came down to a bunch gallop.

Race winner Adam Blythe and second-placed Chris Opie stole a couple of metres on Barker at the line as he settled for 4th place, crucially 5 places ahead of Marcin Bialoblock to win the overall title.

With Evan Oliphant (8th),  Morgan Kniesky (12th)  and George Atkins (19th) all placing well, the team wrapped up the team competition too.

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See the full results on Velo UK’s website here.

Speaking after the race, Yanto Barker said: “The team did such an awesome job today. When a group of riders went up the road, we weren’t overly concerned that we weren’t represented because we had a plan and we stuck to it.

“With about 60k to go, the boys started riding and I said look, if you want to start riding then we’re going to have to go hard to get something out of this.

“Rapha were of the same view of us and we pretty much put all our resources into the chase. It was really good to be able to catch them because they were going so fast.

“We felt in control but never safe, when you’re doing 55kph it’s never safe and there are a lot of corners coming into town.

“Wilks (Ian Wilkinson) went the wrong side of the barriers with 400m to go and if that had been me, that could have been the whole series screwed so you never know.

“I’m really happy with the series win, it didn’t happen by accident, it’s being a lot of hard work and it’s been very carefully calculated and planned.”

Read the race report on British Cycling’s website here.

British Cycling domination

The win for Yanto Barker means Raleigh-GAC have taken three of the overall honours in British Cycling’s two race series this season.

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During July Alexandre Blain wrapped up the Elite Criterium Series. Now with Yanto Barker taking the overall title in Ipswich and Raleigh-GAC taking the overall team prize, it not only shows the individual strength but also the astute management provided by Team Principal Cherie Pridham.

“In both the Elite Crit Series and the Elite Road Series the lads have been tactically excellent, working in harmony as a team to achieve a common goal.

“The victories for both Yanto and Alex are incredibly well deserved but I’d like to dedicate the team award to the unsung heroes, both riders and backroom staff, who’ve worked tirelessly for every victory this season.”

“Significant victories like these are the best rewards for our equipment sponsors including Raleigh, MOA, Uvex, iPro, SRAM, Motorex, Schwalbe, Look, Elite, Cole, FSA, Fizik, Motorex, Unior, Kinetik and Huub. This is all the proof you need that these products are used by the very best to achieve outstanding things.”

“This gives us a fantastic send-off for the Tour of Britain and we’ll look to build on that success with a strong showing in the UK’s biggest stage race.”

Newport Nocturne

A special mention must also go to Raleigh-GAC’s French star Matthieu Boulo. Not only was he an important part of the Ipswich GP team but the night before he took a solo victory Newport Nocturne, winning by over a minute.

The young Frenchman is no stranger to solo victories, having done the same at the Tour Series in Redditch earlier this season.

He won’t have ridden too many races where he wins his own body weight in beer though!

Tour of Britain

Coming up next for Raleigh-GAC is the Tour of Britain which starts in Liverpool on Sunday 7th September. The team will be announced later this week.

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Retro Raleigh show at Billing Aquadrome, Northamptonshire this weekend

Retro-Raleigh-Flyer-2014Classic bicycles will be the order at a three-day Retro Raleigh Show taking place this August.

Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park & Showground on Crow Lane in Great Billing, Northamptonshire is hosting the event from Friday, August 29th until Saturday, August 30th.

Event organiser, Mike O’Reilly, said: “Those who attend will also be able to rummage through the bike jumble, buy bikes, take part in a ‘Show ‘n’ Shine’ event and enjoy entertainment such as an outdoor cinema and karaoke.

“You can also camp on-site so you can participate fully in the three-day event. To find out more, please visit www.facebook.com/retroraleighshow.”

Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park & Showground is hosting the show for the first time this year. Entry to the event for day visitors will cost £10 per car per day. Day visitors can camp at the event. Camping pitches start from £20 per night. To book touring or camping pitches, please call 01524 781 453.

Retro Raleigh Show takes place at Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park & Showground on Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th from 10am until 4pm.

For more information see Jam Jam Cycles on Facebook.

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