Dave Rayner was born in Shipley, son of John and Barbara. John was a first category racing man in the 1960′s part of the well known ‘Rayner’ cycling family.
David’s first club was the East Bradford CC which he joined in 1979 as a 12 year old. He went on to join the Bradford Wheelers in 1984, and won the National Junior RR Champs at Stoke on Trent. His development progressed further when he went to Italy at the beginning of 1984 and rode for the G.S.Porcari-Fanini-Berti Team. He was riding with the likes of Mario Cipollini and Andrea Tafi and remained there until the end of 1986. In 1985 Dave came 14th in the Junior World Road Race Champs and 5th in the World Junior Team Time Trial Champs at Stuttgart.
In 1987 Dave won the under 22 award in the Milk Race and then turned pro for the Interent-Yugo Team in Britain. In 1988 he joined the Raleigh-Banana Team, won the under 22 award again in the Milk Race and came 8th overall.
1989 Raleigh-Banana again, 8th overall again in the Milk Race and for the 3rd year running [a record] he won the under 22 award again. He joined the Banana-Falcon Team in 1990 and in that year won the Scottish Provident Criterium Series overall.
In 1991/2 he went to Holland and rode for the Buckler Team under former World Champion Jan Raas. He went to the USA for 1993 joining the I.M.E-Health Share Team which was not very successful so for 1994, his final season he came back to Britain and joined the Lex-Townsend Team, coming 2nd in the National Criterium Champs in Milford Haven.
Rayner was killed following an altercation with a bouncer, Steven Barry Johnson, at a nightclub in Bradford, in November 1994. Johnson was charged with manslaughter but, when the case came to court on 18 November 1995, the judge decided that there was not enough evidence to charge him with manslaughter and, having already pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault, Johnson was instead put on probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
The Dave Rayner Fund was set up in his memory on 12 January 1995, to help riders make a career from racing on the continent. A plaque and seat in his memory were unveiled at Gargrave, North Yorkshire on 9 July the same year. The first Rayners Ride around the Yorkshire Dales was held on 10 September and the first Dave Rayner dinner was held at Norfolk Gardens, Bradford on 4 November. Guests at the dinner were the comedian Tony Capstick, journalist John Morgan and Keith Audas. This dinner has become an annual event with guests such as Miguel Indurain, Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, and Eddy Merckx attending.
The 1st two riders to be supported we’re David Miller & Charly Wegelius, in 2003 & 2004 our very own Michael Collins was supported by the fund & raced in France. In 2013 & 2014 Adam Yates & Hanna Barnes we’re supported by the fund.