Friendly faces, famous faces, and fizz…
Our awards ceremony took place at the Cycle Show, in Birmingham’s NEC centre today. Former Dualthlon World Champion Annie Emmerson hosted the ceremony, first interviewing guests Joanna Rowsell Shand and Manon Carpenter before we moved on to handing out the gongs.
With the dust settling on the season just past, Roswsell Shand is looking ahead to new challenges, still debating her presence in Tokyo after the next four year Olympic cycle. She commented “there’s still so much more I want to do” and it seems her plans extend to those on and off the track.
Manon Carpenter, having recently broken her collarbone at the World Championships, is raring to go and looking ahead to the new season eagerly. Discussing her goals, she said: “I just want to go faster, and win a World Cup round.”
The audience was made up of a wide range of women’s cycling aficionados – from brand representatives, to incredible distance riders Emily Chappell and Emily Conrad-Pickles (plus one more also there to claim an award!), to entrepreneurs such as Anna Glowinski and Alicia Bamford of Anna’s Legs and Queen of the Mountains respectively. And so many more – we’re sorry we can’t name everyone who came, but we would like to extend a huge ‘Thank You’ to all who were there to enjoy the event.
Of course, they were all there for a very special reason. So without further ado, here are the award winners…
Best Bike Brand: Liv
Liv was born as its own standalone women’s only brand in 2010 – its parent company being the well known cycling giant: Giant.
Their objectives were to make bikes, clothing and accessories for every type of female rider. They wanted to make cycling accessible, whilst still ensuring they made quality bikes that were worthy of the pro peloton – sponsoring Rabobank-Liv and Liv-Plantur.
Interview: Bonnie Tu Founder of LIV Revolutionises the Women’s Cycling Industry
Liv believe that most women are best suited to riding a female specific frame, and they design their bikes with that in mind.
A high proportion of Liv’s engineers and designers are female too and their passion for making bikes that work for women shines through in everything they do.
Liv ambassador Megan McDonald collected the award for the brand, and said she was pleased to be a part of a brand making such a difference in the world of women’s cycling.