Tour de France and Giro memorabilia from this year’s two top Tours come under the hammer at the annual Dave Rayner Fund-raising dinner at Harrogate’s Majestic Hotel on Saturday, November 14.
Guest of honour is British Tour revelation Bradley Wiggins, who scored that history making fourth place overall this year. Guests also include Sky signing Russell Downing and regular, Sir Jimmy Savile supporting this hugely popular annual occasion.
The aim, to perpetuate the name of Yorkshire pro Dave Rayner, who died in 1994,
and raise funds to support next year’s selection of Rayner riders so that they may fulfil their dreams of racing on the Continent.
The post dinner auction is the highlight of the evening.
On sale this year is a framed Astana Trek Tour de France team jersey signed 2009 winner Alberto Contador and seven times winner Lance Armstrong, plus Andreas Kloden, Levi Leipheimer, Haimar Zubelda, Gregory Rast, Yaroslav Popovych, Sergio Paulinho and Dmitriy Muravyev.
But that’s not all. For the jersey comes complete with individual action photo and written profile of each rider.
Also up for sale is a framed Astana team jersey from the Giro, signed by Armstrong and eight other team members.
Or there’s a ONCE team jersey, celebrating the Centenary Tour de France, and listing all riders and officials connected with the team during ONCE’s 13 years sponsorship.
If you want a unique collectors item, it has to be the Astana team jersey from the Giro 2009, made without any sponsors advertising because prior to the race, the team hadn’t been paid!
The next item is for your cycling library, the race manual from La Vuelta 2009, signed by Contador.
This special edition for the 64th annual Vuelta includes a complete history of the race from 1935 to 2008, listing the seven different British riders who have won 14 stages.
Only one Brit has ever won a major jersey in the Vuelta, Malcolm Elliott, the points competition.
Other items up for sale include a Garmin 2009 team jersey complete with race numbers attached, and signed by David Millar and Christian Van de Velde.
But not yet signed by their most famous rider todate, Wiggins! But he’s promised to do so on the night.
A silver cubic Zirconia necklace and earing set valued at £200, a DVD of post war British world track sprint champion Reg Harris, and a DVD featuring Frank Sinatra are also among the prized items.
Interested in bidding in advance?
Then email Bill Holmes: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Bill on 01706 377069/07973567750.
There are still some tickets available at £42 per person, or whole tables seating 10-12 people. To book your dinner with Brad and a chance for Jim to fix it for you, call Bill Holmes on 01706 377069 or email email@example.com.