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Interview: Brian Smith - Braveheart Dinner 2009

by Adam Tranter

The Braveheart Cycling Fund has done a fantastic job of giving Scottish cyclists the opportunity of cycling at their highest potential. Set up by former professional, Brian Smith in 2003, the fund can boast raising £100,000 in a four year period and doing an excellent job of supporting people in what is, as we know, a hugely difficult and gruelling sport. Cyclosport.org caught up with Brian Smith in the build up to the event to ask him what to expect. We'll have photos after the event too, so stay tuned.

Interview by: Adam Tranter

What's in store at the Braveheart dinner this year?

It's hosted by David Harmon (Eurosport) and Anthony McCrossan (Cyclevox), there will be light hearted interaction with the star guests, a lively auction along with music entertainment throughout the night.

Who's there?

Expect to see Bradley Wiggins, Philippe Gilbert, Dan Lloyd, Russell Downing, Dean Downing, Dan Martin, Nicholas Roche and Sean Kelly.

What should first-time visitors to the event expect?

There'll get A party atmosphere with lots of live entertainment including X Factor finalist Ruth Lorenzo. A lively auction with amazing cycling memorabilia attracting average bid values of over £1,000. Generally a completely different night to standard cycling awards dinners. There will only be 1 award made on the night - Braveheart Cyclist of the Year. The rest of the night is fun, fun, fun with fundraising at the core.

How do riders benefit from the Braveheart scheme?

They receive financial assistance to help with training, travel and living costs while they pursue international level of competition. Youth Clubs have received funding for Equipment and Clothing.

What type of riders are you looking to support?

All types. Both Male and Female from all disciplines of the sport such as Road, Track, MTB and Downhill MTB as well. We are also looking at expanding our involvement with grass roots cycling particularly youth clubs. We hope to help with facilities and equipment to get youngsters started in competitive cycling.

Which successful riders have benefitted from the fund?

2007 World Junior MTB Downhill Champion - Ruaridh Cunningham

2006 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalists - Kate Cullen & James McCallum

2009 Scottish Road Champion - Ross Creber - Now riding in 2010 with Endura Continental Team

2008 Scottish Road Champion - Evan Oliphant - Now riding in 2010 with Endura Continental Team

2009 Great Britain Junior World Championship riders Kevin Stewart & Callum Skinner - Track Sprinting - Top 10 places at World Championships

2009 Kenta Gallagher - Great Britain World Championship MTB XC rider. Current British Champion

 

For more information on the Braveheart Cycling Fund, please visit http://www.braveheartcyclingfund.com





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