British Cycling has today announced its shortlist for Local Cycling Heroes, a campaign to recognise the sterling work done by grassroots volunteers across the UK.
Turning the spotlight on the unsung stars of cycling, the shortlist pays tribute to the committed people who give their time and energy to help all sorts of cycling – and all sorts of cyclist.
From almost one hundred entries, British Cycling has shortlisted 24 dedicated individuals, each playing a pivotal role in their community by inspiring others to get the most out of their bike riding.
From using cycling to build stronger communities, to getting more women and disabled people on bikes, our Cycling Heroes represent just a snapshot of the incredible work going on. Double world champion Becky James pays tribute to our finalists:
'Volunteers are essential to cycling in this country, without them we wouldn’t have a sport and we certainly wouldn’t have Olympic and world champions.
"I know how much volunteers have helped my career, so it's great to see so many people being recognised for giving up their time for cycling. I'd urge everyone to get behind their Local Cycling Heroes and vote!'
This campaign is part of British Cycling’s commitment to get more people on their bikes. To find out how you can get involved and vote for your Local Cycling Hero, visit goskyride.com. Voting closes on Friday 30 August. The individuals with the most votes will be crowned British Cycling’s Local Cycling Hero for their region and win prizes including VIP tickets to the National Track Championships in Manchester in November.
Shortlisted for the North West region
Sue Blaylock: accessible cycling champion
Sandra Green: inspiring women to take up cycling
Peter Ward: driving force behind an impressive cycle route
Shortlisted for the Yorkshire and North East region
Naz Ali: using cycling to make a difference to communities
Bill Cheadle: helping cycling stars excel
Rob Mawhood: changing the face of cycle speedway
Shortlisted for the Scotland region
Carl Lane: determined club supporter and motivator
Rich Latimer: trail builder extraordinaire
John McCracken: promoting cycling skills and confidence
Shortlisted for the Midlands region
Maryam Amatullah: challenging perceptions about women’s cycling
Ian McFadyen: charity cyclist and ride leader
Richard Smith: a leading light in transplant cycling
Shortlisted for the Central & East region
Ralph Bagge: committed Ride Leader & infrastructure campaigner
Lyn Gilbert: cycle training superstar
Roy Pink: bike repairer and enthusiast
Shortlisted for the London region
Paulo Cotrim: helping kids from all backgrounds get into BMX
Spencer Harradine: coach, organiser & advocate
Tony Harvey: making inclusive cycling a reality in East London
Shortlisted for the South East region
Annette Covey: disability cycling champion
Tom Morton: first class club cycling supporter
Shaun Reed: inspiring young people to get into cycling
Shortlisted for the South / South West / Wales region
Michele Radant: on a mission to get Devon cycling
Paul Smith: inspirational charity cyclist
John Wheat: enthusiastic social ride organiser