Massive congratulations from all at MDCC to Ricky Parsons on being selected to receive funding from the Dave Rayner Fund for 2015. Ricky goes to Belgium to ride for Handi-Ness Team and is the latest in a long line of MDCC riders destined for greater things
November 2014 marked 20 years since Dave Rayner passed away. Since then his name and memory has been kept alive by the very existence of the organisation that bears his name, The Dave Rayner Fund. The Fund was established in 1995 in order to help young riders go abroad to live and race, just as Dave had done.
Since then more than 340 season long funding packages have been offered to over 150 different riders. The requirements are simple: under 23 category and willing and able to live and race abroad for a full season, with enough ability to obtain results, and enough desire to continually improve.
Some of those riders have gone on to be household names in the international cycling world: David Millar, Charly Wegelius, Matt Brammeier, Ian Stannard, Dan Martin, Josh Edmondson, Adam Yates and this seasons graduate, Dan McLay.
Others are big names now on the UK scene: Russ Downing, Yanto Barker, Tom Barras, David Clarke, Graham Briggs, Peter Williams, Tobyn Horton, Jonathan McEvoy ….
The most successful female riders that have represented the Fund are Nikki Harris, now a big name in cyclo cross and Olympic and World Champion Dani King.
Yet others have made a name for themselves post cycling career: Tom Southam – award winning author and journalist and now Director Sportif, Daniel Lloyd – TV commentator, Ryan Bonser – Mechanic for Team Sky ProCycling
For the 2015 season 31 riders have been offered funding to assist them in achieving their goals: