Published on 30th March 2015 | By Chris Walker

 My name is Chris Dredge, I am 21 years old and this is my first season being supported by the Dave Rayner Fund.

I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield and will graduate this summer. After this I am off to Belgium to race for CT2020 ┬ábased in Brugge. I am really looking forward to the opportunity and can’t wait to get racing there. Although for the time being while I finish my degree I will be in the UK racing for Spirit Bikes Race Team, based in Aylesbury.

My season hasn’t got off to a good start. I came down with a virus at the start of March, which lingered on for 3-4 weeks. As a result of this I won’t be going to the Tour of North (Northern Ireland) or Tour of the Reservoir (Northumberland) to my disappointment. It gives me time to build up again for races later on in the season. This has been especially frustrating, as it the Tour of the North was a target race for early season but as I get told all the time ‘you just have to move on’. It gives me an opportunity to reevaluate with the help of my coach and set new goals later on in the season.