Cycling Weekly awards night celebrates best of road cycling

The inaugural Cycling Weekly Awards in association with Garmin took place on Wednesday evening, with winners ranging from Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas to local volunteers and charity fundraisers.

The night’s presenter, Matt Barbet, welcomed Sir Bradley Wiggins to the stage to announce the Local Hero Award in association with Freewheel.

The award winner, Peter Harrison, has sat on regional and national boards, grown his own club and worked as a technical consultant with the British team.

He said: “My mantra has always been to put more back into your sport than you take out. That’s something I will continue to do as long as my body holds out.”

Brian Robinson, Britain’s first ever Tour de France stage winner, was presented with Cycling Weekly’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in association with bikeZaar.

Robinson’s accolade reflected his success on the road, his role in bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2014 and his continued presidency of the Dave Rayner Fund.

Earlier in the night, Cycling Weekly editor Simon Richardson and Sir Chris Hoy opened proceedings.

Geraint Thomas won Best Male Rider in association with Nederburg Wine, and track star Katie Archibald won Best Female Rider in association with British Cycling.

Michael Broadwith, a maths teacher from Hertfordshire, won the Outstanding Achievement Award in association with Specialized, for his effort in breaking the ‘unbreakable’ Land’s End to John o’Groats record that had stood for 17 years.

Richardson said: “These awards celebrate the best of road cycling, from world-class performances to the volunteers who bind our tight community together.

“Every one of the winners is a hero, and we’re delighted that the sport could come together for a fantastic night to mark their achievements.”

Cycling Weekly’s head of market, Sean Igoe, said: “The first ever Cycling Weekly Awards in association with Garmin brought some of Britain’s biggest cycling brands together with some truly inspirational stories.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors and supporters who made this amazing night such a success.”

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