Dorset-based clothing company Prendas has just launched these new Dave Rayner Fund cotton cycling caps, with all profits going to the fund set up 20 years ago to support young racing cyclists, and in 2014 is supporting road.cc’s own Liam Glen.
The Dave Rayner Fund was launched in 1994 in memory of Dave Rayner, a talented cyclist who raced on the continent during the early 1980s. The fund aims to to offer invaluable help to young promising cyclists seeking a career as a professional cyclist in Europe, the first rider to benefit from the fund was David Millar.
For 2014 the fund is backing 26 riders who will be racing abroad. Among them is road.cc contributor and product tester Liam Glen. With the support of the fund he has been able move to Belgium and ride for the Terra Footwear-Bicycle Line Team. Many young racing cyclists look to continent to establish themselves as a professional cyclist, with the high standard of racing and packed calendar of races appealing, but going it alone can be tricky, with no contacts with the teams. The fund helps out here, as well as offering a financial lifeline to promising cyclists who largely have to pay their own way.
The Dave Rayner Fund caps are based on the regular caps sold by Prendas but finished with the fund logo and a Union Jack flag central stripe. They cost £7.50 and all proceeds go to the fund. Each of the funds 26 riders will be wearing and racing in the caps this season.
You can find out more about the fund at www.daveraynerfund.co.uk and they’re on Twitter at @DaveRaynerFund
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.