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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:27:06
With 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.
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.
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.”
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.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:54:36
Classic 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.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:23:39
Whether it’s a sportive on a glorious sunny summer 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 August and September:
Sunday August 24th – Reg Harris Sportive
We’re sponsoring the Reg Harris Sportive to help celebrate the achievements of one of our most coveted cycling stars. World track champion Reg Harris was the Sir Chris Hoy of the 1950s. His strength was such that he made a comeback in the 1970s and claimed the National track title in his 50s!
The sportive starts in Tottington, near Bury, Greater Manchester and covers either 51 miles or 26 miles depending on your preference.
Find out more here.
Wednesday August 27th until Saturday August 30th – Eurobike, Friedrichshafen, Germany
If you find yourself in Germany come and see our stand at Europe’s biggest bike show (stand A4/306). Our 2015 road range will be on display along with bikes from our friends at Diamondback and Haibike.
Find out more here.
Sunday August 31st – London to Southend Off Road, Hornchurch Football Club
With our partners at British Bike Hire you’ll find Raleigh bikes for hire at sportives and corporate events up and down the country. Once you’ve ridden one of our bikes you’ll get a better idea of why they always score well in reviews.
Find out more here.
Sunday 7th August to Sunday 14th August – Tour of Britain
Team Raleigh-GAC line up against the rest of the biggest and best cycling teams in the world as the UK’s biggest cycle race comes to a town near you. With its step-up to HC category the Tour of Britain is one of the Top 10 biggest stage races in the world.
Expect to see Raleigh-GAC fighting for stage wins, putting their Militis Team bike to the test.
Find out more here.
Thursday 25th until Sunday 28th September – NEC Cycle Show, Birmingham, UK
Once the dust settles from Eurobike we’re back out on the road at the Cycle Show at Birmingham’s NEC arena. Expect to find our pristine 2015 range at stand C55 – you’ll also find our road, electric and cyclocross bikes available for use on the demo tracks. Take a ride, we’re certain you’ll be impressed.
Find out more here.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:33:35
If you happen to find yourself in the city of Friedrichshafen, Germany this coming week (August 27th to 30th, 2014) you’ll find the biggest bike brands, biggest retailers and biggest manufacturers showing the world what they can offer.
Yes it’s Eurobike! A four-day celebration of all things pedal powered where at Stand A4/306 you’ll find us proudly displaying our exciting new 2015 range.
Our 2015 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 and in our humble opinion, it’s your must-see brand at the show.
Talking about the range Geoff Giddings, Raleigh Marketing Director said: “The 2015 range is our broadest and best quality range yet. The Militis has been an outstanding success story for us in 2014 so we’ve refined that platform for the year ahead,”
“Likewise cyclocross is an exciting market for us both here in the UK and the US and we’ve expanded our range to account for that.
“Our Revenio range brings in Endurance blend carbon fibre, RE2P geometry and Direct Connect manufacturing as well as disc brakes on road for the first time.
“Touring and classic steel is still a big part of our thoughts too with a new range of Maverick bikes for the emerging gravel race market.
“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.”
AT A GLANCE
Coming to see us at Stand A4/306? Here’s what you can expect:
- Carbon technology: Speed Blend, Performance Blend or Endurance Blend carbon fibre meets Direct Connect manufacturing and Max Internal Compression.
- Alloy technology: From Kinesium hydroformed, taper-butted tubes or Atomic 13 butted 6061 aluminium alloy, our frames maximise vertical compliance, reduce shock and maintain lateral stiffness to dampen speed chatter from British roads and allow you to power up climbs or motor along the road.
- Performance: Carbon and alloy models within the Militis, Criterium, Aura (time trial) and Equipe (track) ranges. The Militis Team features SRAM’s Red22, the lightest production groupset on the market. Prices range from £5000 to £600.
- Endurance: It’s all about Revenio. RE2P geometry puts you in the perfect position to ride all day. Raleigh’s unique sizing system means you can find the right frame size and component length to suit your body shape. Prices range from £3000 to £600.
- Cyclocross: Shared technology with Raleigh USA allows us the best of both worlds. Bikes designed for dry, dusty courses and bikes capable of handling copious amounts of mud. The RX Team features SRAM’s revolutionary 1×11-groupset, hydraulic HRD disc brakes and integral brake cables. Prices range from £3500 to £800.
- NEW CATEGORY! Gravel: Built from Reynolds double-butted chromoly tubing, the Maverick range takes classic day touring geometry and tweaks the handling to be better suited for gravel, for mud or for the urban jungle. Prices range from £1150 to £750
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:02:39
Raleigh pays homage to icons of a golden era of motor sport with the latest limited edition Chopper.
Featuring a small 16″ front wheel, 20″ back wheel, ape hanger bars, the new Chopper takes the basic components of the iconic British-designed bike and brings in some modern features like a denim fabric two-piece saddle, light weight aluminium frame and Shimano 6-speed chainset.
But it’s the gloss black and gold leaf graphics that is the stand out feature of the new Raleigh Chopper, evoking sepia-tinged memories of Formula 1 motor racing.
Big side burns, champagne-soaked podiums, BBC Grandstand, Murray Walker, burning rubber and big engines; these bad boys are set to tear up and down high streets this Autumn.
The 2015 Chopper follows in the wake of other classic Choppers including the original Mk 1 and Mk 2 Choppers of the 1970s, followed by several re-issues in the 2000s, including last year’s limited edition Beano special.
Ben Hillsdon, Raleigh Marketing Manager said:
“Whether you’re young or old it’s hard not to be taken in by the charm of the Chopper.
“As soon as we saw the sleek black and gold leaf design of this year’s Chopper we knew we were onto a winner. This British cultural icon has bags of personality and we’re certain it will be an instant collector’s item.”
The 2015 Chopper is set to retail for £250 and can be ordered via any Raleigh stockist. Find your nearest stockist here.