The Dave Rayner fund will host an internet occasion on social media this weekend and need you to become involved. As a substitute of it’s annual dinner and public sale in Leeds, the fund wish to flood social media with messages, reminiscences and pictures with the hashtags #RaynerDinner2020 and #DaveRaynerFund.
There might be a video message from one very particular former rider whereas others are anticipated to publish messages on their very own feeds utilizing the hashtags.
In the event you’ve been to a dinner, met a rider previously backed by the fund (see record beneath), ridden the Etape du Dales sportive, or have been a funded rider, they’re asking you to publish the reminiscence on-line to construct the story. Or you may simply want them properly from the protection of your personal residence this Saturday night.
You can even donate through their web site, figuring out that each one cash goes towards creating younger riders by putting them in overseas groups for a season.
This 12 months the fund, which just lately turned a registered charity, despatched forty riders to stay and race overseas. Whereas all of them needed to return early within the season because of lockdowns many returned and loved some stage of racing. They usually’re in demand for 2021. “Numerous the French groups are determined for British riders as increasingly more of them are doing properly.” Rider liaison Joscelin Ryan mentioned. “The French groups particularly. They’re actually good for the riders as they give the impression of being after them so properly.”
Regardless of the pandemic and subsequent hit on under-23 racing their rider Jake Stewart made the step as much as WorldTour, and did so mid season. Stewart, who writes a column in CW journal, was thrown in on the deep finish, making his debut with Groupama-FDJ at Ghent Wevelgem after two seasons with their improvement squad.
Whereas the shortage of racing meant it wasn’t a stellar 12 months for the fund’s 2020 cohort, their alumni went on to nice issues this season. Adam Yates pulled on the yellow jersey on the Tour de France and held it for 4 phases in to the Pyrenees. Yates rode in France as an beginner for UVCA Troyes and CC Etupes earlier than turning skilled in 2014.
However the fund’s largest success was when Tao Geoghagen Hart rode to victory on the ultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia in Milan. Geoghegan Hart spent three years in America with Axel Merckx’s Axeon Hagens group, throughout which period he was backed by the fund. “That made us enthusiastic yet again” Ryan mentioned.
“We’re carrying on, and we’ve already obtained a very good variety of purposes for subsequent 12 months. We had numerous new ones [in 2020] who have been solely 18, and many them have reapplied. We’re ready to see what cash is available in.” After the net occasion signed jerseys might be put up for public sale. At all times a spotlight of the dinner, these can usually increase hundreds of kilos.
An occasion web page will be discovered on their Fb web page and you will discover them on Twitter @DaveRaynerFund and Instagram @daveraynerfund