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We are proud and privileged to return this eye-catching jersey back to the marketplace. Faithfully produced by the original manufacturer Santini in modern fabrics this accurate Raleigh Banana retro jersey is officially licensed by Raleigh UK.
Given the fact that Dave Rayner rode for the team in 1988 and 1989, we felt it was only right that the Dave Rayner Fund received a £10 donation for every garment sold - just like the Rocket Espresso Milano garments.
It may come as a surprise to some but there was a burgeoning UK pro scene over 2 decades ago. The focal point was the legendary Kellogs City Centre series where Continental pro's would regularly guest in these races and would routinely be humiliated by the Brit based experts of this fast and furious racing.
It was televised too and was one of the few opportunities to see live cycle racing on the box pre-Eurosport. The famed marque Raleigh were always strong in this discipline and indeed the formidable Raleigh Banana team even had a replica bike (in fact a choice of two, one budget made from 501 and one pukka team replica in 753).
The team were also highly visible in the Milk Race, the high point in the domestic calendar. Dave Rayner, Tim Harris, Chris Lillywhite, Adrian Timmis, Dave Mann, Chris Walker and Jonny Clay all rode the prestigious event with sales of Raleigh bikes no doubt benefiting from the team's presence. It's also worth highlighting that both Chris Walker and Jonny Clay are now on the committee that choose which riders get support from the fund.
Steve Douce was another rider on the team's roster, giving the team valuable publicity during the Winter months thanks to his off-road prowess including winning numerous cyclo-cross events including the national championships.
Just like the Rocket Espresso Milano team garments we will donate £10.00 (GB Pounds) to the Dave Rayner Fund for every jersey and matching Raleigh Banana bib shorts sold. The donation is a result of Raleigh UK waiving a royalty charge for using the name and Prendas Ciclismo matching the royalty.
We would like to publicly thank both Geoff Giddings and Pippa Wibberley of Raleigh UK for their co-operation and invaluable assistance in making this project happen.