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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.

NOTTINGHAM CYCLE EXPO TRADE SHOW DATES ANNOUNCED

Featuring on the front cover of this month’s Bikebiz is an ad for the best 2015 trade show in the business!

February 2015 sees the inaugural Nottingham Cycle Expo (8-10th February), a bikes and accessories trade show designed to be the most comprehensive in-house show in the industry.

Featuring over 40 bike and accessory brands the 2015 show gives the UK cycle industry the chance to meet brand experts from Raleigh and its partners and discover what sets these products a cut above the rest.

The show will be held at Raleigh’s distribution centre in Eastwood, Nottingham from Sunday 8th until Tuesday 10th February.

For more information check out the info below or scoot on over to www.raleigh.co.uk/nce to register.

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A WEEKEND AT THE RACES, CYCLOCROSS WORLD CUP STYLE!

If you’re in the Milton Keynes area we’d like to invite you to come and see our expo area at the only UCI World Cup cyclocross round in the UK – the first for donkeys’ years!

Held at Campbell Park on Sat 29th November 2014, the event promises all the thrills and spills of cyclocross racing, supercharged with the best riders in the world.

We’ll have our RX range of cyclocross bikes and our Maverick range of gravel racing bikes on display inside with a free demo area outside for you to put the bikes through their paces on a World Cup standard course.

The main event takes place on Saturday but the action continues Sunday too with the National Series round featuring Raleigh rider and current National Champ, Phil Roach.

So if mud, blood, sweat, tears and beers, cowbells and Vikings and chips with mayo is your thing then make sure you come along to Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, MK9 4AB this weekend!

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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.

A RIGHT ROYAL VISIT TO CYCLELIFE ELECTRIC WESSEX

A soggy wet Monday in November isn’t the most inspiring of conditions to go bike shopping but that didn’t stop one hardy soul in Poundbury, Dorset.

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HRH Prince Charles surprised Peter Claxton, owner of Cyclelife Electric Wessex by popping in for a chat about electric bikes. The store, which stocks Raleigh’s range of electric bikes and accessories, has only been open for three months and has seen a huge numbers of visitors during that time but perhaps none so esteemed as the Prince of Wales.

Peter Claxton: “When the door opened I thought, ‘I recognise that face’ and it took half a second for the penny to drop.

“Even though Prince Charles has some property here and is in the town from time to time I was still quite surprised that he popped by. We spoke for some time about the benefits of electric bikes and the ranges of the different Raleigh and Haibike models we stock. I was desperately trying to get him to have a go but the weather was too bad to head out.”

For more on Cyclelife Electric Wessex visit their website here.

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