A host of top British riders have confirmed their attendance at the 21st Dave Rayner Fund annual dinner - a night dedicated to supporting new and emerging cycling talent.
That '15 rider line-up includes Steve Cummings, Owain Doull, Pete Williams and Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, all of whom will be at the event at New Dock Hall in Leeds on Saturday 7 November, with Anthony McCrossan compering. Unique cycling memorabilia and VIP experiences will also be auctioned off during the evening in efforts to raise more money for the fund.
Set up in 1994 in memory of former national junior road race champion Dave Rayner, the Fund has provided more than £700,000 in grants to aspiring cyclists to help them live and race abroad. Past beneficiaries include David Millar, Dan Martin and in more recent times Ian Stannard and Adam Yates – highlighting the importance of the fund.
Merseyside local Steve Cummings was winner of stage 14 of this year’s Tour de France, while 2014 Dave Rayner alumni Owain Doull will be celebrating a prosperous 2015 ahead of his hopes to compete in Rio 2016. The Tour of Britain points jersey winner, who placed 3rd overall, will attend the dinner as an example of the calibre of athletes the Fund supports.
Pete Williams also shone at this year’s Tour of Britain, securing not one, but two jerseys: the king of the mountains and the sprinters jersey. The 28 year old was a recipient of support from the Fund back in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Multi-sport specialists, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have had a busy year competing in the World Triathlon Series with preparations well underway for Rio and they will join the line-up on November 7th.
Scott Thwaites and early Dave Rayner Fund beneficiary Russ Downing will also be present to endorse the Fund’s valuable work in supporting the next generation of aspiring new male and female talent.
Tickets are on sale now and the Fund welcomes anyone with an interest in cycling to attend: "By supporting the dinner, you’ll spend an evening in the company of some of the great names of the sport, whilst at the same time directly funding the discovery and development of the next generation of champions of cycle sport."
For more information about the Fund, visit www.daveraynerfund.co.uk.
Watch highlights of the 2014 Dave Rayner Fund here