Raleigh provide first electric bike fleet to Center Parcs’

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Raleigh have had a long standing reputation as one of the most popular hire fleet brands in the UK, so what better than working with one of the biggest hire fleets around. In June Raleigh won the tender to supply Center Parcs with their first ever electric bike hire fleet.

Electric bikes have come on leaps and bounds in recent years with advancements in battery life and motor reliability and Raleigh have been at the forefront of this development by working closely with manufacturers like Bosch and Yamaha to produce the best electric bikes in the market. All of these new advances mean that electric bikes are perfect for hire fleets, the make cycling accessible to anybody no matter their fitness level or capability by offering exercise and fun without exhaustion.

Geoff Giddings, Raleigh Product and Sourcing Director added: “By introducing the new electric bike hire fleet Center Parcs have opened cycling up to a whole new range of customers. Offering them the ability to enjoy cycling with the whole family.”

The company currently have 10 Raleigh Motus bikes per site in the UK that are regularly maintained to a high standard so customers looking to take one out for a spin can look forward to excellent availability and an enjoyable experience.

To find out more about booking a stay visit: http://www.centerparcs.co.uk/

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Hit the trails with Raleigh’s 2016 Gravel road bike range

2015 has seen many new markets take shape in the cycle industry with the likes of 27.5″ becoming more dominant and the introduction of Boost seeing a new discipline being introduced.

One market that has been around for a while in many forms is the utility bike. It has many names, Adventure, All Road, Gravel and even Graventure.

After the introduction of the Raleigh Maverick range of utilitarian bikes we realised that it was time for us to take control of this market and expand our range and give it a clear and specific name. For 2016 the Gravel Road range was born….

The whole range is designed to be used on a multitude of terrains and give cyclists a bike that has one pure purpose, to enjoy cycling. The Gravel Road range is happy on loose surfaces, mud or tarmac, it can be fitted with mudguards, a rack and wider tyres making it completely adaptable. Our range is designed specifically to suit British conditions.

Models range from the alloy Mustang range up to the full carbon Roker range with the Maverick steel range sitting in the middle of the two. Our range will suit the beginner to the enthusiast, giving them a bike that is ready for the short trip to the shop right up to the weekend sportive or cycling holiday with the family.

The Cycling Weekly team recently came to visit us to take a look round the new range of Gravel Road bikes that are coming soon. Here is what they had to say.

Nine new carbon framed Roker and aluminium framed Mustang bikes greatly extend Raleigh’s adventure road bike options

For 2016 Raleigh has launched a new carbon adventure road bike range and extended its aluminium offerings. Named the Roker, the new carbon bike has a bang up to date spec. This includes SRAM’s 1x drivetrain with post mount hydraulic disc brakes on many models, thru axles front and rear and space for 35mm plus tyres. All cables and hoses are routed internally and the frame is equipped with bottle cage mounts.

Thru axle, hydraulic disc brakes and SchwalbeTubeless Easy tyres on the Roker Race

The top spec Roker Race costs £2500 and comes with a SRAM Force 1x drivechain with SRAM Force Hydro disc brakes. Wheels are American Classic Hurricane tubeless ready disc wheels. These follow the trend for wider rims with an internal width of 18mm and are 24mm deep. With 32 spokes laced three-cross front and rear, American Classic quote a weight of 1646g for the pair. They come shod with Schwalbe G-One gravel tyres, a brand new design from Schwalbe which uses its Tubeless Easy technology and has a small knobbed tread.

The Roker Race comes with a carbon seatpost and a Fizik Aliante saddle, which is well-padded to adsorb some of the jolts off-road.

For £650 the base model alloy Mustang comes with Shimano Claris drive chain

Below the Roker range sits the Mustang range which has aluminium frames and carbon forks. The top spec Mustang Comp model costs £1000 and comes with SRAM Rival 1x drivechain with Rival hydraulic disc brakes. The range extends down to a Shimano Claris equipped 16-speed bike priced at £650.

Raleigh will continue to offer its existing steel framed Maveric range, which extends up to the £1150 Elite equipped with SRAM Rival drivetrain, TRP HyRD hybrid mechanical-hydraulic disc brakes and 35mm tyres.


The bikes are due to be launched soon so keep a look out for them on the Raleigh website.

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/

 

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

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

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”

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”