Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 04/11/2017 Cycling Dave Rayner Fund Dinner 2017 New Dock Yard Royal Armouries, Leeds It was yet another great night at the New Dock Hall, Leeds Armouries for our 2017 fund raising dinner. Our guest of honour Joanna Rowsell Shand was a massive hit. She was joined on stage by Ben Swift of UAE World Tour rider Ben Swift and former funded rider James Shaw of Lotto Soudall with each of them being part of a Q&A to explain what kind of year they have had. The 500 plus guests in attendance helped raise just over £25000 on the night alongside some online bids. This will go toward helping next years successful applicants who have all got their requests in. There has been a record number of just over 80 applicants for the 2018 season of which normally around 30 will be successful.
We had an almost full turn out of our 2017 funded riders which is always great to see, especially when they’re all presented on stage. Chris Lawless was voted our rider of the year after his amazing season so we’d like to wish him all the best for his first year on TEAM SKY next year and hopefully he will be back to tell us all about it at next years dinner.
If you missed the dinner this year for any reason then diarise Saturday the 10th of November as we’ve already booked the venue.
Massive thanks to Anthony McCrossan and his team at Cycle Vox who produced the great video below and also thanks to our compere on the night Simon Brotherton and ‘Rapid’ Rich Stoodley for yet another great job as auctioneer.
All pictures courtesy of Simon Wilkinson of SWpix