Team Raleigh has confirmed its line-up for 2013 with the British Cycling Premier Calendar Series, Elite Circuit Series and Halford’s Tour Series identified as the outfit’s main goals.
Retained from 2012 are former National Circuit Race Champion Graham Briggs, along with 2012 National Road Race Bronze medallist Russell Hampton and Scottish man and Commonwealth Games rider Evan Oliphant. Talented 18-year-old Matt Holmes, silver medal winner in the British National Under-23 Road Race Championship this year, is also included.
New riders include Frenchman Alexandre Blain, Australians Richard Lang, Lachlan Norris, Sam Witmitz and Mark O'Brien, Canadian Rob Britton, Tom Scully from New Zealand and two more British riders, Tom Moses and Mark Christian.
Talking about the team, manager Cherie Pridham said, "We are very pleased with the team line-up for 2013. Our aims are clear for the coming season - Tour Series, Premier Calendar and Elite Crit Series.
"It is important for the Raleigh brand that we show our dominance in the UK but I believe we have the strength and depth in the team to raise our game in Europe too. With our new and experienced signings we are certainly looking forward to our European campaign and we will continue to race as far a field as Mexico, Canada and the US."
Team Raleigh 2013 will be launched in January at Raleigh HQ, Eastwood, Nottingham. The team will then head out to the team's training camp in Mallorca, followed by the first race of 2013 in France in early February.