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I don't want this short post to read like an advert for Procycling magazine, but the feature on the Raleigh team for 2011 is a really positive sign for one of the big names in UK cycling.

Raleigh 2011

 

There is sad news as it appears that both riders and management from last seasons Kuota/Road.cc team have jumped across but putting that aside we can enjoy seeing the Raleigh name heading back towards cyclings top table.

The last time I remember seeing it in proper pro road racing as a marque was the late great Laurent Fignon's desperate attempts to get around the Paris streets in pursuit of Greg LeMond.

There was a pro team led by David Baker in the 1990's but that was domestically based and (if I remember rightly) moved over to focus on the offroad scene. The famous Banana squad too to riding Falcon frames at around the same time.

I have already nailed my colours to the Raleigh mast by investing in a retro jersey from Prendas and am looking at the latest bikes on Wiggle.

My Grandfather used to cycle from his home in Woollaton to the factory in Nottingham to work and I can think of no better way to remember him that by cheering on a pro team riding in his old employees colours.

You can find out more about the team in this months Procycling magazine of from their website by clicking here.

James has been blogging for road.cc for 5 years and racing bicycles (averagely) for 20 years. 

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simonmb [353 posts] 5 years ago
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Call me an old romantic, but I think it's been great to see the Raleigh name back and demanding to be taken seriously. I'm sure most of us (of a certain age) learned to ride on a Raleigh. I'm curious to enquire just how seriously you'll be taken, JtC, in your new shirt. Party on!  36

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pj [147 posts] 5 years ago
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glory days
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James Warrener [1082 posts] 5 years ago
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Wow ! That is a lovely bike

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 5 years ago
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Can't show you mine yet, it's a work in progress  1

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pj [147 posts] 5 years ago
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jimmythecuckoo wrote:

Wow ! That is a lovely bike

cheers, 1973 raleigh 531 competition sprinter's frame. seriously beefy stays and bottom bracket shell. sugino mighty pista chainset. cinelli 2a stem. has a CC cut-out in the bb shell.

i ride it with arc-en-ciel sprint rims/royce hubs at newport. it's totally lush. the chrome lugs and drilled track ends are a nice touch.

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JJ the Flying D... [64 posts] 5 years ago
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Still be on here every now and again to give my humble opinion  1