Defence is committed to being active within the military communities in which
we operate, so we’re delighted to announce a new three-year
sponsorship deal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).
We will be supporting REME Cycling Association, which was set up in 2010 to develop cycling in
all disciplines for Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers personnel at
all levels from complete novice up to selection for the British Army Cycling
Munson, Head of Finance at Briggs Defence, said: “As a team sport, cycling
brings together participants from all levels and ranks within the Armed Forces
and is a key contributing factor in promoting team work, which is at the very
heart of the military ethos.”
Cycling Association is investing in its own timing equipment along with static
bikes that members can borrow to improve and develop their fitness. The Briggs
defence funding will also go towards performance testing and winter training
plans and the development of the Enduro and XC mountain biking teams for the
We are supporting both the road racing and mountain biking teams,
which have posted some excellent results this year. In the Army Cycling Road Race Series REME Cycling Association members
finished second overall and scooped the honours for top veteran and
third placed male and female competitors.
members also won the Inter-services Time Trial Championships over the 10-mile
and 25-mile distances, finished second and third respectively in the 10-mile
and 25-mile National Time Trial Championships, and won the Army Road and
Inter-Services Road Race Championships.
Cycling Association’s mountain biking specialists were Inter Corps Champions in
the Army Cycling XC Race series and also finished as the top Major Unit and
third-placed Minor Unit. In the Enduro Championships REME swept the board, not
only emerging as Inter Corps Champions, but also claiming the top three places
in the Inter Unit competition.
Officer Class II Rob Jones, Road Racing Secretary at REME Cycling Association, said: “Cycling encourages self-discipline while also
fostering a team spirit. Thanks to Briggs Defence’s sponsorship we will be able
to help more serving REME regulars and reserves, of all abilities, fulfil their
potential in all cycling disciplines.
“Participation in both road racing and mountain biking is
improving, but we’re always keen to encourage the younger generation, and more
women in particular, to get involved in the inclusive sport of cycling.”
year, REME staged the inaugural CORPSDURO, an inter-services timed multi-stage enduro
event, clinching outright victory against stiff competition from more than 140 riders
representing Army, Navy and RAF teams. The CORPSDURO was so successful that it
is expected to become an annual event.