New Team Raleigh Militis

Team Raleigh captain Ian Wilkinson unveiled his new Militis Team carbon bike to Cycling Weekly at the recent Eddie Soens race, in which he sprinted to a well deserved podium place.

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Resplendent in its new striking colour scheme of red, yellow and black, that gives a modern twist to the famous colourways of the dominant TI Raleigh squad of the 80’s this new styling matches perfectly with the retro styled team kit launched last year.

The team bike features the latest Sram Red 22 groupset, Cole carbon wheels, Schwalbe ONE tubular tyres and finishing kit from FSA, Fizik and Elite with Wilkinson’s bike featuring the new Fizik Aliante saddle.

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Further details of the team bikes will be launched later in the year by Raleigh UK

Follow the teams results and progress this season at http://www.teamraleighgac.com/

 

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Raleigh support for triathlete Sophie Coldwell

Rising British Triathlon star Sophie Coldwell enters into her second year of support from Raleigh.

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Sophie aged 20 and living close by the Raleigh offices in Nottingham is a member of the British Triathlon World Class Podium Potential Squad. After a fantastic season in 2014 Sophie is looking forward to another good year ahead with the distant target of the Rio Olympics in her sights.

Raleigh have supplied Sophie with the latest top of the range Militis Team, this lightning quick carbon frame comes equipped with Sram Red 22 groupset and Cole carbon wheels a bike also ridden by Team Raleigh to great successes on the road.

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Further details on the bike Sophie will be using can be found at, http://www.raleigh.co.uk/ProductType/ProductRange/Product/Default.aspx?pc=1&pt=14&pg=10718

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Abraham ahead of Tommy Godwins 1939 record

Long distance cycling specialist Steve Abraham set off on an epic journey on 1st January 2015 to break a long standing record of 75,000 ridden in a year held since 1939 by the late Tommy Godwin.

Raleigh along with other iconic British cycling brands have chosen to sponsor Steve on his epic adventure just like they did with Tommy over 76 years ago.

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Steve’s progress to date is awe inspiring having totalled over 15,500 miles which now puts him over 2500 miles ahead of the record, his daily progress can be tracked on Strava or on his website http://oneyeartimetrial.org.uk/

The bike Steve chose to ride was a Raleigh Sojourn touring bike, as a long standing Audax rider, comfort, lightweight and reliability where high on his list of priorities, but this bike also offers a modern twist with its fitment of disk brakes something which Steve has taken to because of their robust nature and the simple fact is he doesn’t wear out the rims as you would with standard brakes.

You can read the full article about the bike on the Road CC report http://road.cc/content/news/143511-steven-abraham%E2%80%99s-raleigh-sojourn-year-record-bike

For further information about Tommy Godwin go to his website http://www.tommygodwin.com/

Please join us in wishing Steve continued success with the record as we move into lighter nights and warmer weather

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Raleigh’s Birmingham Bike Boost

Raleigh will be supplying 5000 city bikes to Birmingham City Council as part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution.  2000 of these bikes will be used for community hire programmes and the remainder given away to people who will use them for their everyday journeys and leisure.

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Based on the popular and proven Raleigh Strada, the bikes have light but strong alloy frames and 21 gears to make it easier to ride up hills. They are fitted with specially selected durable parts including rust resistant chains to minimise maintenance.

Terry Blackwood Raleigh’s senior product manager said. “ We have worked with the team at Big Birmingham Bike Initiative to produce a bike that is a pleasure to ride but durable enough to stand up the use these bikes are expected to get.”

Birmingham City Council have secured £17million of funding from the Department for Transport to improve cycling within the city. The Birmingham Cycle Revolution combines infrastructure improvements with the bike giveaway, cycle training and other programmes to encourage the people of Birmingham to use the bicycle more.

Mark Gouldthorp Raleigh’s MD commented that “Raleigh is delighted to supply bikes to this programme in Birmingham it’s part of our continued support of initiatives to encourage cycling in the UK”

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Raleigh extends sponsorship of Mallory Youth Cycling League

Raleigh UK enters into its 2nd year of sponsorship with the Mallory Youth road race league which consists of a series of races running from April through to August for riders between 8 and 16 years of age.

Now into its second year this popular series for the champions of tomorrow has an increased race program, making for more exciting racing and keeping the challenge for the overall honors competitive until the last race.

This year Raleigh are supporting the league with race leaders yellow jersey’s supplied by the Manchester based clothing manufacturer Lusso.

Established in 1982 Lusso pride themselves on being a British manufacturer of cycle clothing who are continuously improving their products with new designs and fabrics to ensure their garments stand out and perform to the highest level.

Another exciting addition to the sponsorship is the inclusion of the U14 and U16 boys and girls overall winners being included on the Raleigh Supported Riders Program for the following season.

This sees the riders receiving a Raleigh Militis Race bike retailing at £2400 to use for the 2016 season

Raleigh UK Product/Marketing Director Geoff Giddings commented “Both Raleigh and Lusso being UK companies are passionate about cycling and are committed to the development of the sport in the UK and finding the champions of the future. With our support last year the Mallory Youth RR league grew in stature and is fast becoming the best Youth league in the country”

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Team Raleigh-GAC announces squad for 2015 season

Team Raleigh-GAC is proud to announce its team for the 2015 season.

Mixing young, up-and-coming talent with seasoned riders, the team will seek to capitalise on a fantastic 2014 season which saw them take the Elite Road Series classification, the Elite Circuit Series Championship as well as scoop a top 20 General Classification finish in the Tour of Britain.

Next year sees eight new riders engaged to form a 12-strong team that will look to lead the peloton across all disciplines.

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Team Principal, Cherie Pridham, said: “I am delighted to welcome every one of our riders to the Team Raleigh GAC family.

“I am pleased to confirm that the core of last year’s successes, Evan Oliphant, Morgan Kneisky and our team captain Ian Wilkinson, have all been retained for the 2015 season.

“As per our stated intentions we have now added some of the best young riders from both home and abroad whilst taking the opportunity to increase the size of the team bringing in some additional experience. This gives us the perfect balance.

“As Team Principal I could not ask for more from a group of riders and I cannot wait to get out on the road and start winning races.”

Raleigh-GAC 2015 team

  • Calvin Beneke (joins from Europcar SA)
  • Karol Domagalski (joins from Caja Rural)
  • Andy Hawdon (joins from KTM)
  • Morgan Kniesky
  • Steve Lampier (joins from Giordana Racing)
  • Sam Lowe (joins from Amicale Cycliste Bisontine)
  • Matti Manninen (joins from Team Bliz-Merida)
  • Brad Morgan (joins from Giordana Racing)
  • Evan Oliphant
  • George Pym (joins from Starley Primal)
  • Liam Stones
  • Ian Wilkinson

Raleigh-GAC will announce a number of new partnerships over the coming weeks, as the team builds towards the start of the 2015 season.

Cherie Pridham Racing Ltd announced before the Tour Of Britain 2014, a new 3 year deal with Raleigh UK and GAC.

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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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Captus

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.

Raleigh Captus

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.

Raleigh Forge

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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