E-Tour of Britain Competitor Bios: The Stores Racking up the Scores

Now that the Raleigh E-Tour of Britain is well underway, let’s take a closer look at our competitors.

Raleigh stores up and down the country are competing in a virtual race fuelled by customer test rides. We wanted to get more people to try out the Raleigh Motus whilst having a little fun in the process.

So, let’s see who’s leading the pack so far:

CO-OP BIKES

Shaun Crowther opened a bike shop out of the closure of Totalsport in Jersey in 2015. As a keen racing cyclist from a cycle racing family, it seemed like an obvious path to take.

With the invaluable help of Nick Steel and June Stead at Jersey Business, a business plan was hatched. With further help from Colin Macleod, Jim Plumley and Carl Winn at the Channel Island Co-operative Society, Raleigh UK and some fantastic guidance from Peter Fosse at Social Security the plan came to fruition and the store opened on the 30th October that year.

Since 2018, Co-Op Bikes now occupy a purpose built store directly opposite Co-op Grande Marche` in St Peter which opened on the 7th of April 2018.

eBike Sussex

A family business trading in Raleigh bikes since 1948, eBike Sussex began trading electric bikes in 1996 and is the oldest electric bike shop in the country. As the first Bosch eBike experts in the south, the family business prides themselves on high levels of service and knowledge.

They boast an impressive selection of electric bikes in store including Raleigh and our sister brands Haibike and Lapierre and offer full servicing and diagnostic testing on site.

Ebikes Sussex are on hand to deliver knowledgeable information whether you’re a novice or seasoned cyclist and carefully pick their products to be the best for their consumers.

Electric Bikes Sussex

Electric Bikes Sussex pride themselves on being a specialist Electric Bike Retailer and one of the largest in the south of the UK. A family business based in Brighton Marina, Electric Bikes Sussex pride themselves on providing excellent customer service and aftercare.

When speaking about the Raleigh E-Tour of Britain: "At Electric Bikes Sussex, we love seeing the "e-Bike Smile” that potential customers have on their faces after trying a Bike. Having the ability to offer Customers the chance to test an Electric Bike in Store, without worrying about the weather, makes it even easier. This is particularly true for the less experienced cyclist that may worry about traffic or even falling off! It’s fair to say: Our Customers are loving it!"

Bespoke Ebikes

Bespoke Ebikes are a Cumbria based company specialising in e-bike conversions since 2006. Bespoke Ebikes supply e-bikes, folding bikes and tricycles, stocking for Jorvik Tricycles and Mission Cycles with 50 years engineering experience.

Bespoke Ebikes believe that their customers’ needs are of the utmost importance and are committed to providing a quality service. As a result, the company is proud of their repeat customers and referrals.

The Bike Factory

The Bike Factory is a modern Chester based company, active for over 100 years.

With a passionate and knowledgeable team, of whom many have been competitive cyclists themselves, the team provide uncompromising customer service and a welcoming retail environment.

The Bike Factory is a current sponsor of Birkenhead North Cycling Club and are heavily involved with local Triathlons and other events throughout the year.

Ken Foster's Cycle Logic

Ken Foster’s Cycle Logic is a traditional cycle shop originally opened by the Foster family in 1954. Originally stocking a diverse product range from lawn mowers to paraffin as well as cycles, the shop has continued to modernise and change with the times and has served the local cycling community for over 60 years.

The shop still holds the same tradition as it did at the beginning and sells bikes for the whole family from budget cycles to superbikes. As well as an extensive range of bikes and accessories, Ken Fosters Cycles also has a modern workshop facility for repair and custom bike builds.

Working closely with Chorlton Velo Riders, they have arranged several cycle events at Manchester Velodrome and are active in local cycling group activities.

Locks Of Sandwich

First established in 1977 by Arthur and Eileen Lock, the shop was then passed on to Andy Croucher due to retirement. Andy bought 25 years of Motorcycle and Cycle industry experience and has worked tirelessly to modernise the shop.

Locks of Sandwich stocks over 100 cycles of various types and carries a vast range of quality accessories and branded clothing. Andy prides himself on good, honest sales and great after-care and this approach has established the shops reputation in the South East.

Constantly evolving, the shop now has 2 other full time members of staff, one of whom has a motorcycle background and Andy’s partner who is a keen cyclist.

Locks of Sandwich is run by cycle enthusiasts who are passionate about what they do and the products they sell.

Get Involved

Find out how the stores are getting on by visiting our E-Tour of Britain Race Page. Want to get involved? Book a Motus virtual test ride and help your local store get closer to the finish line!