The peo­ple who made 2018

Our first ever awards evening cel­e­brated the great, the good and the un­her­alded from the sport

Cycling Weekly - - WELCOME - Words: James Shrub­sall, Si­mon Richard­son, Paul Knott, Vern Pitt, Harry Ash­man, Owen Rogers

What a year for Bri­tish cy­cling in which to have our in­au­gu­ral CW Awards. Sure, the head­line achieve­ment is clearly Brits win­ning all three Grand Tours, but there have also been world cham­pi­ons on the track, worldlevel cy­clo-cross cham­pi­ons and an ‘un­break­able record’ was bro­ken. That’s a lot to achieve in one year. Plus, we tip our hat to the in­ter­na­tional riders — there’s only one na­tion win­ning that prize. And it’s only right that we ac­knowl­edge one of the all-time most im­por­tant Bri­tish riders with our first Life­time Achieve­ment award. But per­haps most im­por­tantly our first set of awards are the per­fect plat­form to cel­e­brate the un­sung he­roes of the Bri­tish cy­cling com­mu­nity. We’re cy­clists too so we know very well the hard yards peo­ple put in to keep their club run­ning or turn their rid­ing into char­i­ta­ble work. That’s why we wanted to ac­knowl­edge them along­side the stars of the sport be­cause with­out those peo­ple you don’t get the Tour de France win­ners or the world cham­pi­ons — we’ve seen it first hand. So they be­long in the same list of Bri­tish greats and it has been an hon­our to recog­nise them in these pages.

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