Updated: Jan 18, 2022
The Rayner Foundation has announced David Standard's appointment as a new committee member to the charity during a meeting of the fund in December 2021.
The Rayner Foundation, formerly the Dave Rayner Fund, provides support for both female and male cyclists who want to cycle race in Europe, helping to provide the means to travel abroad, set up home and function on a day to day to basis.
This assistance is both financial and provides a source of advice from those who have gone before.
The Foundation has supported a stream of talented cyclists who have become household names in the sport, including Olympic gold medallist Dani Rowe and Giro d'Italia winner Tao Geoghagen Hart. It also provides a career path to many who have built a career off the bike but remained within the sport.
Standard, a marketing director from Nottingham, is a former member of the Great Britain cycling team, riding the junior world championships in 1989 on both road and track, and was a member of the GB development team in 1990.
Standard joins the eleven other committee members alongside President Brian Robinson, the first British rider to win a stage of the Tour de France, and others including cycling legends Sid Barras and Keith Lambert.
The Foundation was established in 1995 as the Dave Rayner Fund. It followed the untimely death the previous year of Dave Rayner, one of the best professional cyclists the UK has produced. Established by his teammates, friends, and family, the Foundation has raised over £1m and supported over 300 riders.
Standard said: "I feel a great deal of pride to join the committee, and I am looking forward to helping the foundation in whatever way I can so that it can meet its goals."
*A spokesperson for the Rayner Foundation said: "We are extremely pleased to have someone with David's experience in marketing and communications on the committee as we look ahead to 2022.
"We want to make sure that the work of the Foundation is understood by the cycling community and beyond as we look to maintain the financial support it relies upon to fund the riders.
"We will also be focusing on ensuring that the achievements of all supported riders are recognised and communicated effectively."