By Chris Marshall-Bell published
Tao Geoghegan Hart is one of 31 riders who is to be awarded grants by the Dave Rayner Fund for 2015.
The Fund that enables under-23 cyclists to live, train and compete away from the UK racing scene today announced the list of riders who they will support over the impending season and there are 26 male recipients of funding and five female.
The stand-out name is Geoghegan Hart who came 15th in the Friends Life Tour of Britain last year and tenth in the Tour de l’Avenir. It is the second successive year that the Hackney-born rider, this year riding for Axel Merckx’s Axeon Cycling Team in the USA, will receive funding.
Six other of this year’s riders were also funded last year: Joe Kirkham, Andy Leigh, Adam Lewis, Eoin McCarthy, Alistair Slater and Dan Whelan.
The Fund will be hoping for an omen with James Shaw heading to Belgium to ride for Lotto-Soudal U23 (previously Lotto-Belisol U23), the same team that previously-funded rider Dan McLay rode for before he was signed by pro-continental outfit Bretagne-Seche in the off-season.
Belgian team Matrix ProCycling has signed Molly Weaver, Jessie Walker, Penny Rowson, Harriet Owen and Melissa Lowther and all will receive funding.
The 31 riders receiving funding from the Dave Rayner Fund in 2015 are:
Tao Geoghegan Hart
More details of the organisation can be found on the Dave Rayner Fund website.
Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.
Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.
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