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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.


New IPC Media magazine What Cycle? picked out our top-of-the-range £5000 Raleigh Militis Team road bike and our £650 Strada 6 urban bike in as their best bikes of the year. Both bikes scored fantastic reviews so read on for the best bits or pick up What Cycle? Spring 2014 edition from all good newsagents to read the full reviews.

Militis Team


What Cycle? said: “Expensive, attractive and very very quick – the Militis Team show historic British bike brand Raleigh can do a lot more than just family cycling…. If you want one of the very best off-the-peg race machines, the Raleigh Militis Team is a staggering option… the Militis Team is one of the fastest race bikes in the world…” Rated 5 / 5 for handling and build quality

The Militis Team is available on Raleigh.co.uk or from any Raleigh road stockist.

Strada 6


What Cycle? said: “As a general purpose bike it is hard to fault, combining efficiency, security and really a rather enjoyable ride experience with a laid-back manner. It’ll also take on weekend pub rides, charity events and a bit of mixed terrain adventurings…. For casual touring – as well as almost everything else you can think of short of day-long missions – the Strada 6 proves you don’t need much more than a hybrid.” Rated 4.5 / 5 for value.

The Strada 6 is available on Raleigh.co.uk or from any Raleigh stockist.


ImageWhen the sponsorship team at the AGSD charity (Association for Glycogen Storage Disease) heard about our Tommy Godwin 205 mile challenge they thought it would be perfect to combine with their double century challenge this summer.

This mega-sportive is one of a growing number of super big distance rides springing up around the country, and we’re sure it’s something that Raleigh’s Tommy Godwin would wholeheartedly support.

The AGSD are running several sportives this year, ranging from a 5-mile fun ride to their AGSD Giant at 104 miles and their double century (plus a bit) Tommy Godwin 205 mile challenge, all of which are taking place in and amongst the beautiful countryside of the South Downs.


We’re proud to be supporting this worthwhile series of events with High5 nutrition and the chance to win £205 of prizes in our Tommy Godwin prize draw.

Take a look at the event website to pick the sportive ride that best suits you: www.gsdgiant.org.uk/


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