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Braveheart Fund events last weekend raise £30k for young Scottish talent

Fine time had by all at this year's event - not least David Millar as he congratulates national crit champ Eileen Roe...

Aspiring pro cyclists from Scotland will benefit to the tune of £30,000 following last week’s annual ride, dinner and auction for the Braveheart Fund.

Set up by former British champion turned TV pundit Brian Smith and Alan Miller, this year’s event – the 11th since it was founded – was attended by recently retired pro, David Millar.

The former Garmin-Sharp rider was joined by one of his ex-team mates from the American ProTour outfit, Nathan Haas.

Riders funded by Braveheart as they sought to get their careers off the ground were also at the dinner in Kilmarnock.

They included Andrew Fenn, who has signed for Team Sky for 2015, multiple British track champion Callum Skinner, and women’s national criterium champion, Eileen Roe.

The latter, aged 25 and from Fife has signed to Wiggle Honda in recent days, and was congratulated enthusiastically for her achievements by Millar, as the photo above shows.

Saturday morning saw 500 riders participate in the 45-mile Braveheart Ride, and many stayed on until the evening for the dinner, which was accompanied by a charity auction.

Lots going under the hammer included a day with Smith and the MTB-Qhubeka UCI Professional Continental team go for £3,200, while a cardboard cutout of Sean Kelly – there in person on the evening – sold for £900.

Braveheart Fund co-founder and organiser Miller said: “As usual, a massive thanks to everyone who helped with the event and put their hands in their pockets, it’s safe to say it was a good weekend and that a new crop of young talent will benefit in 2015.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Flying Scot | 9 years ago

Weather was certainly a bit specialist....

I was struggling to hold a line in the 30mph cross winds when a guy passed on 50mm rims, nutter.

But he still passed.......

Some Fella | 9 years ago

Who got Kelly's donkeys?

HalfWheeler | 9 years ago

"Eileen Roe...aged 25.... was congratulated enthusiastically for her achievements by Millar, as the photo above shows"

Hehe, dirty old goat...

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