Hope's Minis and its website won awards at last night's British Bike Awards, hosted by Haymarket at The Bike Show in Birmingham. Disc brake and cable maker Clarks won the best manufacturer award. Madison walked off with 'best distributor'. Evans Cycles beat off competition from Bikehut, Alpine Bikes and Edinburgh Bicycle to win the best British bike shop of the year gong(which was nice for MD Mike Rice who attended the show instead of going on a long-planned weekend to the Cotswolds with his wife and sans children).

Brit disc brake makers clean up at first British Bike Awards

The British Bicycle Awards were judged by folk from The Bike Show, MBUK, What Mountain Bike, Cycling Plus, British Cycling, BicycleBusiness and RideBMX Magazine.

British Cycling CEO Peter King welcomed the awards:

"Cycle sport is all about achievement and awards, but these awards have brought something different to the British cycling scene."

Gavin Brown, MD of Haymarket Exhibitions, said:

"We were delighted to host the BBA’s alongside The Bike Show, the perfect backdrop for the industry to recognise the astounding achievements over the past year.”

BBC’s cyclesport commentator Hugh Porter MBE was compare at the awards. At the end of the evening he got a surprise ‘lifetime achievement award’ from British Cycling.

The text below is his script, as lifted by BikeBiz.co.uk at the end of the award presentations.

Best Manufacturer: Clark’s

The new disc brake systems from this Birmingham manufacturer of gear and are innovative and sell.

Runners up: Trek, RaceFace, Danlite

Best wholesaler or importer: Madison

With an all-powerful array of top brands, including Shimano, the mother of all OEM and aftermarket kit, Madison is way ahead of the pack. Its e-commerce venture http://www.ultimatepursuits.co.uk could be a market-moving influence.

Runners up: Fisher Outdoor Leisure, Silverfish, Zyro

Best British Bike Shop of the Year: Evans

Check your watch, how many shops has Evans got now? This south-east bike shop chain is gobbling up competitors at an alarming rate (alarming, that is, for its competitors). And with a distribution centre and HQ at Gatwick airport, this is Britain’s highest flying independent bicycle dealer.

Runners up: Edinburgh Bicycle, Alpine Bikes, Halfords Bikehut

Mountain Bike: Trek Fuel 90 (£1300)

With its 3in of suspension travel it does almost everything just as well as most of the longer travel bikes, it’s both cheaper and lighter than many state of the art full suspension bikes and it has impressed every single person who’s ridden it, including a lot of very critical bike shop employees who normally love hardtails. It’s also representative of a big range of Fuel bikes that cater for all rider types, including hard hitters with the more costly models.


Santa Cruz Blur

Marin East Peak (new Quad design)

Specialized Enduro

Best Value Mountain Bike: Specialized Hardrock (£299)

It’s extremely well designed, has an excellent fork for the price, is lighter and more comfortable than most of the opposition and the frame is well worth keeping for componentry upgrades way beyond this price bracket. It won a group test in WMB 16.


Dawes Tamarak DX

Scott Voltage YZ-1

Specialized Hardrock Rigid

Product: Hope Minis (£120)

Designed from scratch as a lightweight open system, they offer superb lightweight performance.


Mazzochi Marathon SLforks

Eggbeater pedal

Karrimor City Limits


It’s not the slickest site around but it’s dripping with just-the-sort-of-stuff-you-need-to-know. There are PDF owner manuals and exploded drawings of Hope’s many leading edge products. Very useful.

Runners up:




Best Road Bike: Airborne Torch

Text to come

Runners up: Storck Scenario Comp,Litespeed Sirius, Giant TCR Carbon

Best Value Road Bike: Guess RB1 (SuperCycles,Chris Poyzer)

Runners up:

Edinburgh Courier

Ridgeback Cyclone

Carrera Gryphon

Touring/distance Bike: Paul Hewitt Cheviot


Thorn Nomad

Cannondale Sport Road 1000

Orbit Romany

Dawes Sadar

Commuting Bike: Ridgeback Genesis Day 01

No runners up!

BMX Bike: Fly Bikes, Estampida Pro

Runners up: Specialized 415 Pro

Hoffman Rhythm Pro Series

We-the-People 4Seasons Class Pro

Best Value BMX: DK Bicycles – Six Pack


Eastern Bikes The Battery

GT’s Jamie

Male Sponsored Rider of the Year: Steve Peat

2002 UCI World Cup Downhill Champion…

Runners up:

Oli Beckingsale

Jamie Staff

Chris Hoy

Female Sponsored Rider of the Year: Nicole Cooke

Has held four world championships at one point including MTB. She won Commonwealth Gold in 2002.

Runners up:

Tracey Moseley

Caroline Alexander

Sue Thomas Formby

Team of the year: GB Sprint Team – Chris Hoy, Craig McLean, Jamie Staff

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