Channel 4's cycling newsreader Jon Snow famously refused his gong some years ago but two-wheelers given official pats on the back in the recent Queen's birthday honours list included Erl Wilkie, organiser of Velo-city 2001 and Ted King, the former CTC president. Further awards would raise the profile of cycling.

Gongs for grass roots workers

In the next issue of BicycleBusiness there’s a 4000-word behemoth of an article profiling some of the UK cycle trade’s key grass-roots activists, folk who work tirelessly on the behalf of cycling, and often with little reward.

These people deserve recognition from not just the trade but society at large.

Who do you know in the world of cycling who deserves recognition for their hard work, perseverance, skill and selflessness?

The British honours system is now more open than ever before to nominations from us mere mortals so here’s how to go about putting some names in the hat…

According to the Cabinet Office "individuals may be nominated for an honour by anyone, and we encourage neighbours, work colleagues etc to put forward those they admire for their achievements. Nominations must be made on the form designed for this purpose."

Download this form from:…/nomination.htm


Here’s just some of the indidviduals interviewed for the BicycleBusiness grass-roots article:

Susan Knight of the British Schools Cycling Association; Karl Bartlett of the Seven Stanes Project ; Ian Maxwell of SPOKE, The Lothian Cycle Campaign; Nigel Wiggett of Bridge Bike ; Paul Osborne, the Safe Routes to School coordinator for Sustrans; Dafydd Davis of the Forestry Commission; Olly Hatch of CPAG; Giles Wolfe of the Mountainbike Aerial Display team; and IBDs Barnaby Stutter of Brixton Cycles Co-operative, Ron Spencer of Ron Spencer Cycles, Steve Grimwood of Elmy Cycles, Andy Hydnes of Shokwave Ltd, Damian ‘Foss’ Foster of Off-beat bikes and Jerry Arron of Mud Dock Cycleworks.

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