Raleigh presented its 2013 pro cycling squad to Heron Show visitors on Monday, with guests such as former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan present at the ceremony.
Following its hugely successful period in the 1970s and 80s, which culminated in a Tour De France win in 1980, the new Team Raleigh has been in existence since 2010 and has been steadily progressing through the ranks of professional cycling.
Team Raleigh begin their 2013 season as a Continental level team, competing in domestic, European and International races but, according to team manager Cherie Pridham, “will be looking to build on last year’s domestic successes and raise the bar in Europe.”
This year’s squad, introduced by Eurosport commentator Anthony McCrossan, includes four riders from the 2012 team – Graham Briggs, Russell Hampton, Evan Oliphant and Matthew Holmes – and eight new riders; Alexandre Blain, Richard Lang, Lachlan Norris, Sam Witmiz, Mark O’Brien, Rob Britton, Tom Scully, Tom Moses, Mark Christian and Eric Berthou.
Bill Hill, Group Executive Vice President – Commercial from GAC, which renewed its sponsorship of the squad added: “Our renewal deal comes after a successful and exhilarating year for Team Raleigh. It was also a year that saw a huge rise in interest in cycling, after the achievements of riders like Bradley Wiggins. GAC is delighted to continue its support of Team Raleigh and encourage greater participation in this highly competitive and eco-friendly sport.”
The Team now head off for a tough winter training camp in Majorca, followed by some early season races in France. Fans will be able to catch Team Raleigh at their first UK races in March.