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Theo Hartley – Racing for Belgian team Illi Bikes, thanks to the Dave Rayner Fund


It’s that time when young men and women head off across the North Sea or English Channel to pursue dreams of two wheeled glory.

But nothing is cheap in this world, especially given the current tragic Sterling to Euros exchange rate.

The David Rayner has been helping young riders realise their continental dreams since 1995 with David Millar one of the first to benefit.

Joscelin Ryan has been a Rayner stalwart for years now and VeloVeritas was one of the first to get the list from her for Season 2018 with 36 riders benefitting – 27 male and nine female.

Theo Hartley from Bolton in Lancs will be joining the Belgian Illi Bikes squad, run by long term six day soigneur and track aficionado, Etienne Illegems and his son Ken who was for a time a mechanic with Team Sky but could get round a tough kermis on his good days.

We kicked off by asking Theo what the Rayner Funds support meant to him.