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Lining up for the RideLondon-Surrey Classic
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:10:36

Team Raleigh will line up alongside some of the world’s top international teams in this weekend’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 10 August.

The likes of 2012 world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) and Tour de France top 10 finisher Laurens ten Dam (Belkin Pro Cycling) will line up against Team Raleigh’s current Elite Men’s Road Series leader Yanto Barker and 2014 Elite Road Race Stafford winner Morgan Kniesky.

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Rob Britton signs on for the Team at last year’s RideLondon

Also lining up for Raleigh is rising French star Matthieu Boulo and fan favourite Ian Wilkinson.

Mark Christian chats with competitors as last year's race rolls out of London

Mark Christian chats with competitors as last year’s race rolls out of London

The race begins at 13:00 in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The race will be covered live on BBC1 and British Eurosport and shown internationally in more than 160 countries worldwide.

As the most anticipated event of the Prudential RideLondon weekend, Londoners, visitors to the capital and Surrey residents are expected to turn out in force to see 150 of the world’s top men race over an extended, tougher route in this 1.HC status UCI classified race (the second-highest international classification).

For more information visit www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.


Blain wins British Cycling Elite Circuit title
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:33:17

Team Raleigh’s Alexandre Blain secured the 2014 British Cycling Elite Circuit title last night (30th July 2014) with a consistent display of power over the six round series.

Alexandre Blain leads the series by ten points ahead of the final round in Wales.

After placing highly in the five previous rounds – Sheffield, Beverley, Colne, Otley and Stockton – Blain simply needed to ensure he finished within touching distance of his nearest rivals in Chepstow to claim the title.

After moving from its long term home of Abergavenny, the round in Chepstow promised the riders one hour plus five laps of a tight, twisting course 1.2-kilometre town-centre course, providing a great spectacle for the series’ final round.

With a maximum of 40 points on offer and an 18 point difference to his nearest rival it seemed like the title was a foregone conclusion for Blain, especially when he escaped from the bunch with former team mate Graham Briggs, streching out a 25 second lead over the bunch.

However, drama was to come. As Blain and Briggs were reeled in by the bunch the French man crashed near the pits. He was quickly back up but looking dazed and bruised. To salvage the series he His heroic fightback meant he salvaged the series, finishing 18th on the night.

Meanwhile team mates George Atkins and Morgan Kniesky took up the fight with Atkins sprinting for second place behind Graham Briggs.

Team manager Cherie Pridham said: “Alex had a tactically excellent series, featuring prominently throughout in every round.

“Before the first round I asked the team to help Alex achieve his aim [of being the overall series winner] and they delivered time and again.  

“George Atkins in particular was a real unsung hero for us. His win at Stockton and second place last night shows this young rider can mix it with the best.

Next up for the Team is the Elite Road Series in Stafford where Yanto leads the overall standings and Raleigh lie second in the team standings.

For more on last night’s victory take a look at the British Cycling website.

 


Teams announced for Ride London
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:47:58

The 25 teams from around the world that will contest this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic were announced today.

The event, part of the Mayor of London’s multi-award winning annual festival of cycling, includes 10 teams currently competing in the Tour de France with squads from a total of 12 nations in the line-up.  

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Team Raleigh signing on at last year’s Tour of Britain

The six-rider teams will tackle the 200-kilometre route, starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 13:00 on Sunday 10 August, that includes multiple circuits in the Surrey Hills and additional sections of the 2012 Olympic Road Race Route, such as the climb of Staple Lane over the North Downs near Guildford.

Eight UCI ProTeams from the top level of the sport will compete, including the world number one ranked team Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team of Mark Cavendish – who is recovering from surgery following his crash in the first stage of the Tour de France.

Three further teams from the world’s top 10 – BMC Racing, Belkin Pro Cycling and Team Sky – will also compete, along with MTN Qhuebka, the leaders of the UCI Africa Tour classification, and four of the top 10 squads from the UCI Europe Tour standings.

“We have attracted a strong line-up and an excellent combination of teams, some of whom will be working towards a sprint finish while others will be looking to animate the race and ride aggressively. This year’s route changes, with the double climb up to Ranmore Common, will favour a more aggressive strategy and mean the race is not certain to come back together as a bunch sprint on The Mall,” said Mick Bennett, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic Race Director.

“Following the Tour de France and Commonwealth Games, interest in cycling has never been higher, and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is another chance for fans to get close to the world’s top teams.”

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A very dusty Mark Christian reflects on last year’s Tour of Britain

The race will be covered live on BBC1 and shown internationally in more than 160 countries worldwide.

The complete list of teams that will be competing in the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is:

UCI Pro Teams

•    Belkin Pro Cycling (NED)
•    BMC Racing Team (USA)
•    Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA)
•    Garmin-Sharp (USA)
•    Omega Pharma – Quick-Step (BEL)
•    Orica GreenEDGE (AUS)
•    Team Giant Shimano (NED)
•    Team Sky (GBR)

UCI Pro Continental Teams

•    Bretagne-Séché Environnement (FRA)
•    Colombia (COL)
•    MTN Qhubeka (RSA)
•    Team NetApp-Endura (GER)
•    Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise (BEL)
•    Wanty-Groupe Gobert (BEL)

UCI Continental Teams

•    AN Post Chain Reaction (IRL)
•    Madison Genesis (GBR)
•    NFTO Pro Cycling (GBR)
•    Node4 Velosure (GBR)
•    Rapha Condor JLT (GBR)
•    Synergy Baku Cycling Project (AZE)
•    Team 3M (BEL)
•    Team La Pomme Marseille 13 (FRA)
•    Team Raleigh (GBR)
•    Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Continental Team (BEL)

National Teams

•   Great Britain (GBR)

As the most anticipated event of the Prudential RideLondon weekend, Londoners, visitors to the capital and Surrey residents are expected to turn out in force to see 150 of the world’s top men race over an extended, tougher route in this 1.HC status UCI classified race (the second-highest international classification). The event will bring the weekend to a thrilling conclusion.

Held for the first time in 2013, Prudential RideLondon immediately set new records as it became the largest inaugural mass-participation event in the world with 66,000+ participants and raised more than £7 million for charity, making it the largest charity cycling event in the UK. An unprecedented 99 per cent of participants rated the event good or excellent and the festival has won seven national awards.


Atkins wins Elite Circuit Series Round 2 in Stockton
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:45:38

British Cycling’s Elite Circuit Series kicked off this month and it was George Atkins who claimed the spoils in round 2 with victory at Stockton Festival of Cycling on Friday 11th July.

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The Stockton round featured 1 hour + 5 laps of a tight circuit and with several 180 degree turns it was a race for an explosive sprinter like Atkins, who also won on the same course last year.

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The 22-year-old from Newport edged out Scott Thwaites (NetApp-Endura) with Dean Downing (NFTO Pro Cycling) taking third. Read the British Cycling race report here.

It was Alexandre Blain of Raleigh and Pete Williams of Haribo Beacon who did much of the early pace setting along with Matt Cronshaw of Velosure Giordana.

As the field started to string out and break apart it was Raleigh who had the most options with Blain joined in the leading group by last year’s winner George Atkins, plus Matthieu Boulo and Ian Wilkinson.

The raced ebbed and flowed until the final few laps and it was Atkins who timed his move perfectly as he overhauled Richard Handley and had Scott Thwaites behind him and closing fast but he held on to take the win by half a bike length.

Thanks to www.VeloUK .net for the image.

Thanks to http://www.VeloUK .net for the image.

Speaking after the race, Atkins reflected on the move in the closing stages that set up the win: “It was more like two laps of effort so it was a bit of a drag out rather than a slow sprint, so it was a different way to win it but I’m equally happy with that. We probably had the strongest team here, so we had a bit on our side to do a strong ride but it’s nice to put it all together.”

The opening round in the series came at Otley on Wednesday 2nd June. With the Tour de France coming through just a few days later in was clear that the race would be a well-attended support race.

Over the 24 lap race it looked for some time that Matthieu Boulo would take the win until he was caught by the pack. Alex Blain then took up the charge, fighting hard for fifth place. See the full results here.

With four more rounds to go in the six round series Atkins will be looking to reclaim his title with strong placings in Colne (16th), Beverley (18th), Sheffield (23rd) and the Wales Open Criterium (30th). See the full list of all 2014 British Cycling Elite Circuit Series races here.

 


Second place at Beaumont Trophy for Mark Christian
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:03:18

In a thrilling 180km road race Team Raleigh’s Mark Christian narrowly lost out to Kristian House as the two fought out a two-up sprint in the closing metres.

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With former winners such as Bradley Wiggins, Chris Newton, Russell and Dean Downing, Malcolm Elliott and Don Sanderson on the trophy, the winner would join elite company, even more so this year as the race rose to UCI 1.2 level, one of only four UCI road races in the UK in 2014.

The race is centred around the village of Stamfordham and takes in the fearsome climb of the Ryals and it was here where the decisive move happened.

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Christian and House escaped from an elite group of leading riders to contest a sprint finish 20 seconds ahead of a five man group, which featured Team Raleigh’s Evan Oliphant.

For more on the race see the report from Velo UK.

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Jersey haul – two Tour Series podium places for Boulo and Kniesky
Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:19:33

The final round of 2014’s Tour Series saw the team claim another two podium places, capping off a very successful criterium series for Raleigh.

Unlike the other rounds, Round 10 not only saw riders facing an evening criterium but an earlier hill climb race and a road race on the Sunday as well.

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On a sun-drenched Friday afternoon our French rider Matthieu Boulo was the fastest rider to ascend Mont de la Guerande, beating NFTO’s Adam Blythe by 1.26 seconds and claiming his second win of this season’s competition.

Speaking to the Tour Series after the race Boulo said: “Ultimately it’s a win for the team and getting the team that recognition. I’m in very good condition and very pleased.

“It’s a great Series, there’s always been good riders, good crowd and a great atmosphere, it’s a good place to race. I’m proud of my wins. Racing’s racing, it doesn’t matter if I’m in France, Spain or England, I want to win!”

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Later that evening Raleigh faced off in the evening criterium. Although it was former Raleigh man Tom Stewart who stole a march on the bunch to come home first, Raleigh’s Morgan Kniesky edged fellow Olympian Ed Clancy for second spot. Kniesky and Clancy will know each other well from their track days and Kniesky will have been pleased to put one over on his old adversary.

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With a day’s rest before Sunday’s International Road Race it gave Yanto Barker the time to recover from a bug and re-join the team. Within minutes of the race starting he showed a clean pair of heels to the bunch, instigating a break on the first ascent of St Catherine’s Hill, midway around the 14-kilometre loop.

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After being joined by Adam Blythe, Steve Lampier, James McLaughlin and Ian Bibby the five worked well together to stay clear of a peloton for the rest of the race. It was only on the final lap that Barker’s week off took its toll as he was distanced by the bunch.

Barker finished fifth in the end, well clear of the sixth placed rider. Team mates Evan Oliphant and Matthieu Boulo were both inside the top 12, although it wasn’t enough to affect the final standings in the Tour Series team competition.

Team Raleigh finished 3rd overall but with two Team wins and two solo victories, the haul of medals is another significant achievement for team manager Cherie Pridham.“I’m very happy with the way the team performed. We have a small squad and we had to rotate some of the younger riders in to cover injuries. They excelled themselves and grabbed the opportunities we gave them.”

Team Raleigh move from Jersey onto the North East this week with two prestigious races coming up in Newcastle – Beaumont Trophy and Leazes Criterium – where Ian Wilkinson is expected to return from injury.

* All images courtesy of Larry Hickmott, Velo UK.


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