Raleigh makes Premier Calendar debut this weekend
Raleigh chain, Eddie Soens Memorial Road Race 2010
A dream comes to fruition this weekend at the Tour of the Reservoir as the Raleigh team makes its Premier Calendar debut.
The iconic brand makes a welcome return to British elite racing and has high hopes for a fruitful year after having taken two early season wins.
"We're very excited, we just can't wait to get started now," explained Raleigh team manager, Chris Truett. "It's the icing on the cake after months of hard work to start racing properly now".
Truett was optimistic about a solid start to the team's Premier Calendar campaign: "hopefully the investment will start to pay off now. We've had three podiums in the last three weeks so everyone's in good form and raring to go. We're still a new team but we're hoping for a good showing".
Helping the team to make that good showing will be former Cervélo rider Dan Fleeman and Dale Appleby, who was in with a shot at winning the Tour of the Reservoir last year save for an inopportune puncture.
Adding an extra dimension to the racing this year will be the absence of race radios, something that Truett believes will make the racing harder to predict.
"We're going to have a good ride around on the course on Saturday but won't decide on our strategy until Saturday night.
"It will be very interesting to see what happens without the radios and it's going to be hard to call. More than ever now will we need to have a proper briefing before the race.
"One of the strategies we will use is to try and stay up there in the cars. That will help," Truett added.