Last night, over 200 of the great and good from the world of cycling gathered at the main stage of the London Bike Show for the inaugural Total Women’s Cycling Awards 2014, sponsored by VeloVixen.
These Awards were a chance for the readers of Total Women’s Cycling to have their say on the people, places, events and organisations who have made a difference to the continued success of women’s cycling, whether by providing support or inspiration.
Kirsty Ho Fat, Editor of Total Women's Cycling, commenting on the success of the Awards said; "We’re overwhelmed at the positive response to the inaugural Total Women’s Cycling Awards from the cycling industry.
"The Awards highlight the exponential growth of women’s cycling and reward the hard work and dedication of all those involved from grass roots right through to the professional riders. This is a pivotal moment in women’s cycling and we must seize this opportunity and ensure we continue the momentum."
Presented by Anthony McCrossan, the well known cycling commentor for the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, and presenter and founder of cycle clothing brand AnaNichoola, Anna Glowinski, these game-changing Awards showed the extent of the groundswell in popularity of women’s cycling.
Headline sponsors VeloVixen, were proud to be involved, with founder Phil Bingham commenting, "We couldn’t be more delighted to be part of an occasion whose rapid growth during the build up reflected the huge buzz around women’s cycling.
"It’s a sector that’s traditionally been uncatered to, but this evening shows how women are now a vibrant and vital part of the cycling world."
There were 16 categories, covering everything from bike and clothing brands to pro-riders and unsung heroines. Each category was completely open, meaning readers could put forward whoever or whatever they wished.
Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Commissioner for London, was on hand to collect London’s prize for Cycling City of the Year, sponsored by Bern.
The Awards are a pivotal moment in women’s cycling and we must seize this opportunity and ensure we continue the momentum.
Laura Trott was the recipient of two Awards (Pro-Rider of the Year, sponsored by Dare 2b, and Cycling Personality of the Year, sponsored by 9Bar) and these were collected on her behalf by her parents.
The Breeze Network, part of British Cycling’s initiative to get 1 million cycling by 2020, also celebrated a double victory.
They won Cycling Initiative of the Year, and Sara Braidwood, volunteer co-ordinator for Cheshire and Merseyside, was deservedly crowned Unsung Cycling Heroine, sponsored by BG Innovations.
Find out the full list of winners here!
1. Women’s Cycling Blogger of the Year
- WINNER: Sarah Connolly
2. UK Cycle Venue of the Year sponsored by Jet2holidays
- WINNER: National Cycling Centre Manchester Velodrome
3. UK Cycling City of the Year sponsored by Bern
- WINNER: London
4. Cycling Initiative of the Year
- WINNER: Breeze
5. UK Cycling Event of the Year sponsored by Cycle Surgery
- WINNER: Prudential RideLondon Surrey – 100
6. Women's Cycling Event of the Year
- WINNER: Macmillan Cycletta
7. Women's Cycling Team of the Year
- WINNER: Wiggle Honda Women's Pro Cycling Team
8. Pro-Rider of the Year sponsored by Dare 2b
- WINNER: Laura Trott OBE
9. Women’s Cycling Personality of the Year sponsored by 9bar
- WINNER: Laura Trott OBE
10. Independent Cycling Retailer of the Year
- WINNER: Rutland Cycling
11. Cycling Retail Chain of the Year
- WINNER: Evans Cycles
12. Online Cycling Retailer of the Year
- WINNER: Wiggle
13. Cycle Clothing Brand of the Year
- WINNER: AnaNichoola
14. Bike Brand of the Year
- WINNER: Specialized
15. Outstanding Achievement Award
- WINNER: Hannah Barnes
16. Unsung Cycling Heroine sponsored by BG Innovations
- WINNER: Sara Braidwood, Breeze Coordinator
Stand by for a gallery showcasing all of the deserving winners of the Total Women's Cycling Awards 2014.