From a record number of 85 applicants, a record number of 36 young riders, including six women, have been selected for Dave Rayner Funding to race abroad in 2011.

That’s 10 more than received funding last year, and the largest group since the fund was created in 1995, in memory of former pro Dave Rayner.


”It was difficult to make the selection from such a large number of applicants,” says Keith Lambert of the Rayner Fund Selection Committee.

“But it’s a marvellous sign that there are so many keen youngsters wanting to try their luck racing abroad. And just a pity we cannot afford to send more.”

The selected riders are divided into three funding groups.

Group 1 – full season
Dan McLay
Josh Hunt
Mark McNally
Conor Dunne
Dominic Schils
Jack Wilson
Sarah Reynolds
Emma Trott
Daniel Patten
Nikki Harris
Chris Whorral
Ronan McLaughlin
Perry Bowater
Joe Perrett
Dani King
Simon Holt
Peter Dibben
Philip Lavery
Tim Kennaugh
Josh Edmondson
Nathan Edmondson
Alistair Carr

Group 2 – three months funding, with option on extension depending upon results
Chris Nicholson
Robert Crampton
Joe Kelly
Jamie Shirlaw
Jake Tanner
Adam Yates

Group 3 – three months summer funding
Ewan McDonald
Shane Leadley
Matthew Hill
Simon Thomas
Ella Sadler-Andrews
Jack Adams
Vicky Ware
Joel Davison

It will cost £70,000 to fund these riders in 2011, from money raised at Rayner Fund raising events each year. One such funding raising event in 2011, is the 112-mile Etape du Dales Sportive provisionally arranged for Sunday, May 15.  Entries open online in the New Year.

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  • denise gethin

    in the cycling weekly it says that an application form can be completed by 23rd oct for the daverayner fund, i cannot find where to download this form.