Victory for Raleigh GAC in Spring Cup


After his best ever set of results in the top British road races, Adria Moreno from Catalunya and riding for Raleigh GAC, clinched the Spring Cup series at the Lincoln Grand Prix

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Victory for Raleigh GAC in Spring Cup

After his best ever set of results in the top British road races, Adria Moreno from Catalunya and riding for Raleigh GAC, clinched the Spring Cup series at the Lincoln Grand Prix with a fighting 7th place.

Coming into the race a few points behind leader Jonny McEvoy (NFTO), Adria knew the course at Lincoln would suit him and whilst he missed the final break of six who contested the victory, Adria, along with fellow contender, James Gullen (Pedal Heaven) chased hard, finishing just 30 seconds behind the winner.

Adria explained after the race “This has been one of the most important victories for me and a prize for being consistent with all top tens except for Chorley.”

“Today in Lincoln was very hard with the cobbled hill being very steep. I had to watch the riders in the overall for the series and finally on the climb at the end, I go full gas and get into a good position and take the overall.” Asked for a highlight for the series, he said Lincoln Grand Prix was his highlight and that it’s a very good race to do.”


For team owner, Cherie Pridham, it was a major victory for the team. Over the last few years, riders in the Raleigh GAC colours have won the year long series as well as the Spring Cup and the one that follows for the second half of the year, showing yet again, how consistent her riders can be in this most competitive of series.

“This has always been a target as team Raleigh GAC has always been strong in the series and it’s great to realise that goal with Adria who I am delighted for. This was one of his goals when we first sat down to plan the season and he has really embraced the step up to a UCI team and prove that he has been worth the investment. He has done himself and the team proud.”

Cherie confirmed that the main strategy for the team in the Lincoln Grand Prix was to look after Adria with the aim of helping him win the series. “He was always going to climb well in that race and him and Matthieu Boulo were the two protected riders on the day for a race where the atmosphere on the day really captured the focus for the foreign riders on the team and they absolutely loved it.”


Summing up the team’s performance during the Motorpoint Spring Cup, “we have a strong contingent of foreign riders and those guys have moved to Derby in the UK, so they have had to deal with a new environment, and that takes some settling down. Coming from warmer climates, they have had to also deal with some harsh weather conditions, and also get used to the way the British riders race events. I do expect they will improve as the year goes on however and the more they bond together, the better they will be.”

Cherie then added that whilst the riders are from Spain, and there are language barriers, the atmosphere in the team is as relaxed and as fun as it would be in any of the top British outfits.

“There is an incredible atmosphere in the team. Even the serious business of the team meetings are a load of fun trying to translate the instructions into Spanish and French and making sure everybody understands. The riders have an apartment, train together and drinking coffee together and they are very bubbly guys who are full of life”.

The team are competing today, May 17, in Motherwell, at the second round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series. The team’s Morgan Kniesky leads the Sprints competition and Seb Mora was second in round 1 (Ramsey, Isle of Man).







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