Cycling Charity welcomes funding from Rapha Foundation - Creating a pathway to the future of the sport.
The Rayner Foundation has announced that it has been awarded further funding from the Rapha Foundation European Grants. The Rapha Foundation was founded in 2019 with the mission of building a better future for cycling and cyclists, the Rapha Foundation now funds more than 20 organisations around the world.
The Rayner Foundation supports young cyclists from the UK who want to cycle race in Europe. It strives to encourage underrepresented groups to engage and succeed in cycling by providing the means for young riders to travel abroad safely and set up a home and function daily whilst pursuing a cycling career.
The Rayner Foundation previously benefitted from the grant in 2020 to enable their continued support for young male and female riders to realise their dreams of racing in mainland Europe, including support for women and juniors under their new Gateway scheme.
It had its most successful season in 2022, with two female and five male riders now confirmed as professional bike riders within World Tour teams. Season 2023 has alao proved to be super successful with 3 riders (so far) graduating with professional contracts.
A spokesman from The Rayner Foundation, said:
“The Rayner Foundation is thrilled to receive a second grant from the Rapha Foundation. The money will enable us to fund more riders under the traditional funding route and the new Gateway scheme, which is geared specifically toward female and junior riders.
“We have found that the career trajectory for females is very different from that for male riders. The most talented are fast-tracked into the top-tier teams. Some women find it unnecessary to spend a U23 apprenticeship year living abroad.
“The Gateway Scheme provides a different route to provide extra support to go abroad with their British Team and gain experience and recognition.
2023 is our 28th year of sending young riders abroad. With the help of the Rapha Foundation, we hope that this year’s selection will join some of the most famous Rayner graduates in the national cycling consciousness.
“But it is not just about developing professional cyclists. Others over the years have also benefitted from the experience of living and racing abroad. Individuals such as Rachel Jary, who has now become Staff Writer at Rouleur Magazine; Isabella Stone, PR Executive at SHIFT Active Media; and Megan Chard, now a Sports Director with a World Tour Team.
“Other previously supported riders include Henrietta Colborne, an accredited Cycle Mechanic and coach, and Hannah Walker and Dani Rowe, both high-profile commentators on television, covering the sport.”
During 2022 the Rayner Foundation returned to organising events to raise funds for the charity. The Etape du Dales Challenge Ride in Yorkshire and the Gala Dinner and Presentation are both essential to the cycling community to raise awareness and funds to support riders. The 2023 Dinner is being held in Leeds on 11 November and tickets are still available via the website
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