A weekend at the races, Cyclocross World Cup style!

If you’re in the Milton Keynes area we’d like to invite you to come and see our expo area at the only UCI World Cup cyclocross round in the UK – the first for donkeys’ years!

Held at Campbell Park on Sat 29th November 2014, the event promises all the thrills and spills of cyclocross racing, supercharged with the best riders in the world.

We’ll have our RX range of cyclocross bikes and our Maverick range of gravel racing bikes on display inside with a free demo area outside for you to put the bikes through their paces on a World Cup standard course.

The main event takes place on Saturday but the action continues Sunday too with the National Series round featuring Raleigh rider and current National Champ, Phil Roach.

So if mud, blood, sweat, tears and beers, cowbells and Vikings and chips with mayo is your thing then make sure you come along to Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, MK9 4AB this weekend!

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Forging ahead with two new Electric Bikes – introducing the Captus and the Forge

Raleigh has launched two new electric bikes, the Captus and the Forge, both of which will be available at Raleigh stockists from January.

Both bikes were launched at Raleigh’s e-bike training academy courses, held in Nottingham during November.

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The Raleigh Captus boasts a light aluminium frame, Shimano Altus 9-speed gearing, Raleigh V-brakes, Suntour suspension forks and Schwalbe Energizer tyres to improve efficiency. The finishing kit includes a Selle Bassano comfort zone saddle, XLC handlebar and stem and mudguards courtesy of SKS.

Click below to watch a video overview of the Captus.

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The powerful and exceptionally quiet Bosch Active Line middle motor provides smooth acceleration and an assisted speed of 15.5mph. The Bosch 300wh battery has a maximum range of 148km (92 miles) and has four assistance options: Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo. The interactive speed, time and distance display also provides a Walk function allowing a 6km/h assist to ease pushing over obstacles.

The metallic grey Captus is available as a 48cm crossbar model and a 46cm lowstep model. This true piece of powered cycling excellence is priced at £1750.

Forge

The Raleigh Forge has many of the features expected from a much more expensive e-bike. Starting with a lightweight alumium frame, the Forge uses a Shimano Altus 8-speed system controlled by Shimano Revoshift shifter.

Tyres come courtesy of Kenda with a highly visible reflective stripe. The Forge comes fully dressed with mudguards, pannier rack, chainguard, kickstand and comfort saddle.

Click below to watch a video overview of the Forge.

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The tried and trusted TransX 36v 250w Brushless Quickstop Motor comes with a large volume TransX 11Ah battery and a TransX handlebar mounted display with 3 assistance levels and an assisted Walk function. The maximum range provided by the Forge is 85km (53 miles).

This chrome and blue Forge is offered with a 48cm cross bar frame and a 46cm lowstep frame, priced at £1250.

Both the Captus and the Forge bikes – as well as the complete Raleigh adult and kids ranges – will be on sale at selected Raleigh stockists and at Raleigh.co.uk from January. Click and collect options are available from Raleigh’s website, www.raleigh.co.uk.

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A right Royal visit to Cyclelife Electric Wessex

A soggy wet Monday in November isn’t the most inspiring of conditions to go bike shopping but that didn’t stop one hardy soul in Poundbury, Dorset.

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HRH Prince Charles surprised Peter Claxton, owner of Cyclelife Electric Wessex by popping in for a chat about electric bikes. The store, which stocks Raleigh’s range of electric bikes and accessories, has only been open for three months and has seen a huge numbers of visitors during that time but perhaps none so esteemed as the Prince of Wales.

Peter Claxton: “When the door opened I thought, ‘I recognise that face’ and it took half a second for the penny to drop.

“Even though Prince Charles has some property here and is in the town from time to time I was still quite surprised that he popped by. We spoke for some time about the benefits of electric bikes and the ranges of the different Raleigh and Haibike models we stock. I was desperately trying to get him to have a go but the weather was too bad to head out.”

For more on Cyclelife Electric Wessex visit their website here.

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Raleigh’s three Cyclelife Electric Training Academy courses sell out within a fortnight

This November Raleigh put on the most comprehensive electric bike technical training sessions ever to be held in UK, giving the nation’s cycle trade the technical knowledge needed to cater for the burgeoning e-bike market.

Electric bike shops from around the country gathered at Raleigh’s distribution centre in Nottingham for a technical training course from Bosch and Yamaha, two of the leading electric bike system providers.

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With 90 places available over three separate sessions dealers snapped up the places in record time, leading Raleigh to look at running a second course at the end of February 2015.

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The workshops offered the UK’s premium electric bike stockists

  • expert training and advice from product specialists
  • an in-depth introduction to the new Raleigh, Haibike and Koga e-bike ranges
  • certification in servicing the Bosch, Yamaha, Tranz X and ION systems used on Raleigh’s e-bike brands
  • comprehensive sales and service training
  • account set up for 2015 supply and service support including diagnostic software
  • confirmation of 2015 stockist support agreements from Raleigh, including retail and event support.

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In short, this leading-edge e-bike event was designed for UK electric bike dealers who want to be certified and ready to manage all technical and service matters.

Raleigh Marketing Manager Ben Hillsdon said: “We know how rapidly the e-bike market is growing in the UK but we didn’t expect a complete sell out of all 90 places within a fortnight.

“It’s an exciting time for the e-bike market and with the addition of a new brand to our e-bike portfolio it’s no surprise dealers are excited at what we have in store.

We’ll follow up the first part of this course with part two early in the new year then look at running subsequent courses to cater for the demand.”

For a list of the most comprehensively trained electric bike dealers in the country head over to Raleigh’s dealer locator here.

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Raleigh scoops KOGA sales rights in the UK

Media release: Raleigh scoops KOGA sales rights in the UK

Date: 13th October 2014

Bicycle ‘Superbrand’ expands its UK portfolio

Bicycle company Raleigh UK has secured sales rights for the renowned KOGA bikes brands in the UK and Irish markets, adding another high quality brand to its extensive portfolio.

Like Raleigh, the Dutch-based KOGA brand is part of the Accell Group and is well-known for designing and manufacturing a range of high quality bicycles.

The move pushes Raleigh’s portfolio of distributed brands to more than 50, with KOGA joining a plethora of accessory brands, including household names such as SRAM and JVC, and bicycle brands including Diamondback, Dahon and Haibike.

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Raleigh Managing Director Mark Gouldthorp said

“KOGA is the latest in the line of exciting brands to join our portfolio in the last 12 months. This move allows us to increase the number of bike shops we supply and in turn gives more choice to consumers who shop at Raleigh stockists around the UK.”

“By adding KOGA, another Accell brand, to sit alongside Raleigh, Diamondback, Haibike and Dahon we are bringing in another premium bicycle brand that’s long been in demand by the UK cyclist.”

Raleigh will be distributing the full line up of KOGA models including the E-bike, Race, MTB, Touring, Trekking and Comfort models which range from £899 to £2999.

Who are Koga?

Formed in 1974, KOGA’s reputation for quality is founded on hand-building all its bicycles at the company’s premises in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

KOGA offers an uncompromising guarantee of quality. A single technician is responsible for the full assembly of each bike, resulting in perfection down to the finest detail. The ‘Hand built by KOGA’ logo on the frame is the guarantee of this unique working practice.

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The company has long been a supporter of Dutch cycling in all shapes and forms, developing innovative bicycles and accessories and supplying professional riders and Dutch national cycling teams for many years.

The KOGA product range has gained prominence in the UK in recent years through its touring range and more recently through its electric bike offering.

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KOGA e-bikes use either the Bosch system or the ION system; the latter allows customers to choose their battery size depending on riding style, terrain and range distance. KOGA also makes use of the Nuvinci hub gear system, which allows an infinitely adjustable gear system for automatic and stepless gear changes, providing another high-tech solution for the UK’s growing e-bike market.

What does this mean for Raleigh?

The addition of KOGA to the Raleigh product portfolio further strengthens the range of brands the company can offer to the UK cycle trade.

Furthermore, with urban/leisure electric bikes available from Raleigh, e-MTBs available from Haibike and now KOGA hand-crafted electric bikes, Raleigh becomes the UK’s premier electric bike distributor.

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Talking about KOGA’s electric bike range, Gouldthorp added:

“This news is particularly exciting for the UK’s electric bike dealers. With three electric bike brands available through Raleigh we’re able to offer the widest choice of electric bikes in the UK.”

When can Koga be seen in the UK?

KOGA products will be on display at Raleigh’s head office from 1st November 2014.

Retailers seeking to add KOGA bikes to their range should contact Raleigh UK on 01773 532600 or email sales@raleigh.co.uk

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Here’s what’s coming up during October, November and December

Whether it’s a sportive on a glorious sunny weekend, a cyclocross race on a dirty December day or an event at a local bike shop, we spend a lot of time on the road making sure you have opportunities to see our bikes up close.

Here’s what’s coming up during October, November and December:

Saturday 25th October – GC Bike Fit open day

We’re attending an open day at GC Bike Fit Studio in Lutterworth. There will be an opportunity to ride the 2015 road range as well as meet members of Team Raleigh and get an autograph or photo.

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Find out more here. https://www.facebook.com/gcbikefitstudio

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October – Raleigh Factory Sale

It’s that time of year again. Our premises in Nottingham will be open over the weekend of the 25th and 26th October for our factory sale. There will be big discounts on bikes and accessories from the Raleigh distributed brands!

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Saturday 25th and Sunday 27th October – Demo Day

We’re attending an open day with our Haibike range of demo bikes at the Electric Cycle Company in Edinburgh. The guys up in Edinburgh will have a selection of the electric Haibikes for you to go and ride.

For more details please visit http://www.edinburghcyclecompany.com/contact/

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Saturday 1st November – Leslie Bike Shop Demo Day

We’re attending a demonstration event at Leslie Bike Shop in Fife where we will have a range of performance road bikes and mountain bikes for you to ride. A great opportunity to find a bike for both tarmac and trail.

Contact http://www.lesliebikeshop.co.uk/ for more information

29th and 30th November – Cyclo Cross World Cup

We will be in the expo village for the inaugural Cyclo Cross World Cup event in Milton Keynes this November. We will be exhibiting lots of cyclo cross finery including the new 2015 RX Team.

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6th and 21st December – West Midlands Cyclo Cross Demo Days

Two of the West Midlands Cyclo Cross series will be hosted at Mallory Park in Leicestershire and Raleigh will be in attendance giving you an opportunity to ride one of the latest models from the cyclo cross range or simply stand and admire the beauty of our bikes.

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For more details of the events please visit http://www.wmccl.co.uk/index.html

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Behind the scenes with Team Raleigh-GAC at the Tour of Britain

After a season of dominating the British Cycling calendar, Raleigh-GAC stepped up to compete in one of the top 10 stage races in the world this September. And we were on hand with video cameras to record the action.

Filmed on Stage four between Worcester and Bristol, we capture the emotions of the riders and support team who were covering over 1,300 grueling kilometres of riding in eight days.

Take a look at the action by clicking on the image below:

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After eight days and nine stages it was Matthieu Boulo who headed up the Tour of Britain General Classification for Raleigh-GAC in 19th place.

Against teams from two divisions above Matthieu delivered the form he has been showing all season, winning plaudits across the UK and Europe for a strong showing against the world’s best riders.

For the full story read the daily reports on the Team website.

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