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After great events with Pedal Power Abingdon, Wolverhampton Wheelers and Molly’s Cycles last week, our events team moves on to Cambridge and Nuneaton this coming week. 


26th/27th April

Our first event takes place on 26/27th April at Station Cycles, Cambridge and we’ll have some of our top level road bikes available for test rides, including our top-of-the-range £5000 Militis Team bike, which tips the scales at just 6.9kg and features SRAM Red gears and controls.

It’s not all about road bikes though, we’ll also have a range of road and commuter bikes on show too.

28th April


After Station Cycles we head over to see the guys at Adrenalin ATV in Nuneaton who are holding their product showcase at, of all things, the World Shooting Championships at EJ Churchill Shooting Ground!

The event starts on 28th April and we’ll have more of an off-road feel this time with a range from Haibike on display, including the XDuro AMT Pro which features the Bosch motor and Kashima suspension from Fox Racing.

Other events

You’ll also find us represented by Team Raleigh at the Rutland-Melton Classic on 27th April and by our sportive partners British Bike Hire at the David Lloyd Triathlon Series in Lincoln on the same day.

Hope to see you at one of these!


As one of the world’s most well-known bike brands, Raleigh has always sought to create innovative bicycles, making sure every Raleigh bike has a special level of quality and high attention to detail. None more so than the company’s current top model, the £5000 Militis Team bike as ridden by Team Raleigh. 

And with such a valuable price tag attached to your bicycle, you wouldn’t want anything happening to it. That’s where Velosure Cycle Insurance comes in.


Velosure is one of the country’s leading providers of Cycle Insurance, offering comprehensive cover, designed to make sure that you and your pride and joy are fully protected.

Velosure insurance cover starts on bikes over £500 and includes a host of great benefits including theft and accidental damage, public liability insurance and a new-for-old policy.

ImageConsumers can now take out Velosure insurance via Raleigh’s website by clicking on the Velosure button, which can also be found on each page when viewing bikes on the website. Velosure policies cover bikes distributed by Raleigh, from state-of-the-art race machines down to practical, everyday commuter cycles.

Raleigh UK Marketing Manager Ben Hillsdon said: “From bitter personal experience many of us know how devastating it is to lose a bicycle. And with more people investing large sums in our road, commuter, electric and mountain bikes we believe it’s important to be covered for all eventualities. That’s why we recommend all bicycle owners take out cycle insurance.

As standard all Velosure policies include:

  • Theft and accidental damage
  • £2m Public Liability insurance
  • Cycle rescue in Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • New for old for up to 3 years
  • 45 days EU cover plus Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Monaco, Madeira, Gibraltar, Andorra  
  • Policy covers sportives and time trials
  • Free legal assistance

Velosure’s independent, non-exclusive policy gives consumers the flexibility to choose from a wider number of bike shops in the event of a claim.

“In the unfortunate event that you are making a claim, you can take your cheque to any Raleigh stockists around the UK, exchanging your old Raleigh for a brand new one from your local bicycle store.”

So for peace of mind, a quality service and a host of additional benefits, Velosure offer great cycle insurance at the right price. Make sure your pride and joy is fully protected before it’s too late!


This season Raleigh is sponsoring six athletes as they look to dominate their respective racing categories. Each athlete will be performing with Raleigh’s Militis Race performance bike. Here’s a breakdown of who’s who:

Jake Poole

jake-pooleJake may be familiar to Raleigh fans through his exploits in cyclocross this winter, in which promising results gave him a place in the GB squad for the World Cup in Valkenburg, Netherlands. The multi-talented youth rider has National Mountain and Cyclocross wins to his name and now turns his attention to road for the 2014 season as he looks to cement his reputation as one to watch in the future.

Click here for more information about Jake.

Sophie Coldwell:

sophie-300Sophie is a multi-time National triathlon and European Cup medalist currently studying Human Biology at Loughborough University as part of an Olympic Development Programme scholarship. She competes at Junior level sprint distance triathlons at present, stepping up to Olympic distance next season.

Click here for more from Sophie.

Ellis Kirkbride:

ellis-300Ellis is a first year junior rider on the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme competing under the colours of Border City Wheelers. He already has some notable victories to his name with a hat trick of podium places at the North West International Youth Tour (with a fractured collar bone no less) and a place at the European Youth Olympics for GB.

Click here for more from Ellis.

Martin McKinlay:

martin-300Martin is a senior triathlete competing under the colours of Portsmouth Triathletes and Team Wiggle. He specializes in Sprint distance triathlons and has competed in triathlons around Europe favouring Barcelona and his local Portsmouth triathlon where he won his age group in 2013.

Click here for more from Martin.

Sam Rees

sam-300Sam is another youth rider with huge potential. He lives in Cardiff, Wales and rides for renowned Cardiff Jif cycling club in road races and also on the track at Newport Velodrome. This season Sam will take part in the Junior national series in Powys, Bristol, Bath and Somerset against fellow Raleigh riders Ellis Kirkbride and James Ireson and he will also hook up with the Welsh cycling squad on the track.

Click here for more from Sam.

James Ireson

james-300At just 16 years old James is a promising young athlete and has a strong support network around him in the form of Wolverhampton Wheelers cycling club. When most of us have been shivering on the bike through winter James’ commitment to cycling has already seen him attend a warm weather Pyrenean training camp during half term.

James will be competing in Junior National races around the UK this year as well as National events on the Track and races in Holland, Belgium and Ireland.

Click here for more from James.


UK’s most well-known bicycle company produces classic-themed mugs, bells, notebooks, lunchboxes and flasks.

Raleigh has drawn on its history to produce a new range of gift merchandise that will be made available through its giftware partner Paladone.

ImageRaleigh has designed a range of products that draw on some iconic moments from the company’s 127 years of cycling heritage.

The Raleigh Notebook and Drinks Flask use a classic image from the 1890s of the first world cycling champion, AA Zimmerman, who took the Raleigh name to glory in exhibitions and sprint competitions in North America and Europe.

The enamel mug, two ceramic mugs and tin lunchbox take their cue from the 1950s with the “all-steel bicycles” imagery.

And of course, no Raleigh gift set would be complete without the bikes that shaped a million childhood memories. These Chopper and Burner mugs are sure to be collectors items, just like the bikes themselves.

Raleigh Marketing Manager Ben Hillsdon said: “Raleigh is one of the most famous bike brands in the world so I’m certain these products will have huge appeal. This is an exciting project and I’m proud to see these products featuring in the gift sections of high street stores.

“This merchandise range is one of several projects we’re working on that bring the majestic Raleigh history back to life with fun, contemporary projects.”

Retailers can order these items exclusively through Paladone Products Ltd using the product codes below. Email sales@paladone.com to place an order.


ImageThis weekend we’re packing up the Raleigh roadshow wagon and heading to Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

In association with Raleigh stockist Pedal Power Abingdon we will be running a demo event at the Abingdon Spring Cycle event.

The event runs from 10am through to 3pm and we’ll have various Raleigh models with us including our stunning Revenio 4 Carbon road bike which features the Shimano DI2 gearing system.

Not only will we have a range of the bikes to view, there will be a selection of our top end road bikes available to demo including the Militis Team bike as ridden by Team Raleigh in 2014. (Please remember to bring your own helmet and pedals, should you wish to have a test ride.)

 This event attracted crowds in their thousands last year so this event is one not to be missed.

 We look forward to seeing you all there, but if you can’t make it, be sure to check in on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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