Brighton Bike Company pays tribute to the founder

The COLLEAGUES of a custom wheel brand honor their co-founder with a special wheel in memory.

Mark Reilly, who founded Brighton-based Reilly Cycleworks in 2014, was one of the few openly gay men working in the UK frame building industry, making sure designs were inclusive for all.

He died last year at the age of 53.

A custom rainbow titanium bike with artwork handcrafted by Faye Bishop, custom painter for the Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team will be the focus of tomorrow’s Reilly Rides Out bike ride in Mark’s memory.

The Argus: A Custom Rainbow Titanium Bike will appear on the bike tomorrowA custom built rainbow titanium bike will appear on the cycle tomorrow

Chris Ratcliff, co-owner of Reilly Cycleworks, said: “The Rainbow Bike was created to celebrate diversity in cycling and to convey the message that cycling is for everyone.

“This honors Mark’s decision to relocate his frame building business to Brighton in the early 2000s to embrace an LGBTQ+ lifestyle.

Openness is central to how we operate as a company and we will proudly continue to beat the drum for more diversity in the bicycle industry.”

Chris described Mark as a “one-of-a-kind character” and recalled first meeting him while looking for an adventure bike for a fundraiser for the HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

He said: “He loaned me a Reilly Gradient for the 1,400km backpacking trip from Roscott to Santander. That was the beginning of a great collaboration.”

The Argus: Elaine Burroughs, Ambassador for Reilly CycleworksElaine Burroughs, Reilly Cycleworks Ambassador

Elaine Burroughs, chairwoman of Brighton Miter Cycling Club and company ambassador, praised Mark’s efforts to make cycling accessible to everyone, regardless of ability.

She said: “There’s a perception about cycling that you have to be a top athlete, which I’m not, and I’m passionate about raising awareness of how accessible cycling can be – after all, it was all about having a skill we learned as children.

“We are lucky to have such an established community in Brighton that is inclusive and supportive. Inclusiveness in cycling should be a norm and I would like to see a time when we don’t have as many barriers to diversity.

Cyclists can take part in the Reilly Rides Out Memorial Ride tomorrow at Shortgate near Uckfield and book their place through Eventbrite. Brighton Bike Company pays tribute to the founder

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