Supporters of the next generation of British cycling talent, who might also be seeking a 'guilt free' purchase to boost their cycling wardrobe, need look no further.
The Dave Rayner Fund, a cause eponymous to the memory of a young British rider talented enough to make it to the top-tier of European road racing in a time when such an ascension was almost unheard of, will celebrate 20 years of supporting British talent at a dinner in Leeds next month, where David Millar, Lizzie Armitstead, and Ben Swift will be among the luminaries.
Supporters unable to attend the dinner, but eager to show their support, and who might be in the market for new kit, could do worse than check out garments produced by Prendas Ciclismo and Santini, with support from coffee machine manufacturer, Rocket Espresso.
Prendas set the ball rolling in February with 100 cotton caps, designed with input from the fund’s Tom Barras and Joscelin Ryan. Early adopters included the 24 riders backed by the fund this year, many of whom have taken the trouble to share images by social media of themselves sporting the headgear.
“While we sold well over 100 caps in a very short space of time, it wasn't a sum of money that was going to make a considerable difference to the fund,” Andy Storey of Prendas told Rouleur.cc. “So when Andrew Meo of Rocket Espresso offered to donate his commission on a recently commissioned Rocket Espresso jersey by Santini, it all fell into place.
“Andrew is a keen racing cyclist himself, and although he is too modest to brag about it, he is currently a regional and national champion in his age group, which is no mean feat in the world of Italian amateur cycle racing. His son Felix is also showing promise on the track and the road. We recently found out that Andrew also used to race against Dan McLay's father Graeme in New Zealand, which we thought further added to the story.
“The demand for the jersey took us a little by surprise, with the first batch selling out within weeks. Then there was demand for matching bib shorts and then a long sleeve for the cooler months, all of which benefit the DRF with a donation of £10 for each successful sale - a result of a donation of £5 each from Rocket Espresso and Prendas Ciclismo.
"We've now made donations in excess of £4,000 to the fund, which we are all incredibly proud of. You can still buy all of the products - a guilt-free purchase if you like!"
Joscelin Ryan of the Dave Rayner Fund said tickets for the twentieth anniversary dinner had sold well, with around 500 places already accounted for. She addded that the new venue chosen for the dinner - New Dock Hall at the Royal Armouries in Leeds - had capacity for 800 people, and that ticket sales would remain open until Monday November 3.
Four of the products sold by Prendas to back the fund are still available. For more information, visit Prendas Ciclismo.
To buy tickets for the twentieth anniversary dinner, visit Dave Rayner Fund.