Eden cyclist one of nine women to secure Dave Rayner Fund support

Date: Friday 12th January 2018

THE Dave Rayner Fund has announced the list of 36 male and female riders who will receive financial support for the 2018 cycling season — and included for the second year is Eden’s Henrietta Colborne.

The 19-year-old, from Milburn, recently signed a professional contract with Spanish Basque country-based team Bizkaia-Durango.

She made her first foray into elite cycling in 2016 with Dutch team Swabo Ladies, with whom she had a great season.

In both criteriums and UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) competitions she was regularly placed in the top 10, and these performances mean she has now been able to take the next step towards becoming a professional UCI rider.

The number of women supported by the Dave Rayner Fund fund has risen to nine for 2018, with 27 men. A total of 20 riders will receive funding for the first time.

Overall, the number of funded riders stays at 36 — the same as 2017 — but significantly more than the 27 who received help in 2016.

The fund’s aim is to encourage and support young riders gain valuable experience by racing and living on the Continent. It was set up in 1995 in memory of British racer Dave Rayner, who died aged 27.

A number of Dave Rayner funded riders have gone on to compete at the highest level of the sport, including David Millar, Adam Yates, Simon Yates, Dan McLay, Owain Doull, Hannah Barnes, James Shaw and Tao Geoghegan Hart.

A spokesman for the fund said: “We had a huge number of applicants and unfortunately not everyone could receive support.

“We hope that those riders who were unsuccessful nevertheless manage to fulfil their ambition to race abroad and we wish them the best of luck.”