Derby County’s first-team squad now have a new option when it comes to keeping fit and recovering after the rigours of Sky Bet Championship football.
Derby-based professional cycling team Raleigh-GAC has provided four of its top of the range Militis bikes to Derby’s squad allowing them to mix up their training regimes and keep them feeling fresh come game time.
The bikes are part of the same range that professional cycling team Raleigh-GAC used to notch up 21 victories this season in the UK’s gruelling domestic cycling season.
Team Raleigh-GAC’s Cherie Pridham and newly signed rider Sam Lowe joined Derby County players midfielder George Thorne and goalkeeper Lee Grant plus head coach Steve McClaren and first team coach Paul Simpson for a hand over at the Derby County Training Centre in partnership with the University of Derby.
As well as its performance range, Raleigh has also provided the team with a Haibike XD Trekking electric bike.
The e-bike comes with an assisted speed of 15.5mph and a powerful 400wh battery, making it the perfect recovery aid for riders with knee, ankle or ligament injuries.
Derby County’s Head Physiotherapist Neil Sullivan said: “It’s important that we provide a range of top class fitness options for the team, especially low impact options like cycling.
“These bikes will be used by the team in between their training sessions and also for recovery. The electric bike in particular provides a new option for us.
“The pedalling assistance it provides allows our players to ease their way back into activity as they recover from injury.”
Speaking at the launch Mark Gouldthorp Raleigh Managing Director commented: “Our bikes are well suited to performance athletes looking to get the most out of their rides so we’re very pleased to be supporting Derby County in this way.”