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CITATIONS - 2000'S

2000 - The Yorkshire Olympians - Yvonne McGregor, Jonathan Clay & Chris Newton

2002 - Chris Newton

Chris Newton began his racing career in 1988 as a juvenile with Teesside Clarion where he won the Divisional Track League Championship.

From then on his career went from strength to strength with various clubs including Middridge C.R.T., when over the years he produced outstanding form – gaining many wins and top placings in prestigious races at home and overseas including nine National Championships, the Manx International Time trial (twice), a silver medal in the Team Pursuit at the Commonwealth games in 1994, first overall in the Circuit des Mines in France, the BCF National Criterium Championship and (in 2000) a bronze medal in the Olympic Games Team Pursuit and a silver medal in the World Championship Team Pursuit.

However Chris’s greatest success was in 2002 with Pinarello R.T. winning a silver medal in the Team Pursuit and a bronze medal in the Points Race, both in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the B.C.F. National Points Championship, a bronze medal in the World Championship Team Pursuit and the ultimate goal of a gold medal in the World Championship Points Race on the track at Copenhagen.

Chris’s many achievements culminating in a World Championship have brought great honour to Yorkshire and makes him very well worthy of this Award.

2002 Photo Chris Newton

2004 - Michael Antony Smith

The Court of Trustees has adjudged Michael Anthony Smith worthy of special recognition for his efforts in the administration and the publicising of the sport of cycling for over 40 years.

Michael (Mike) Smith commenced cycling in 1956, joined the Saxon R.C. and soon held several offices in the Manchester District. He moved to Yorkshire in 1975, joining the East Bradford C.C., becoming secretary in 1985, achieving life membership in 1999 and being elected President the same year – an office he still holds.

Mike has served on the R.T.T.C. (C.T.T.) Yorkshire District Committee since 1985, the Y.C.F. Committee for 20 years co-ordinating the points series and has been Chairman of the V.T.T.A. Yorkshire Group since 1984. He was R.T.T.C. Yorkshire District Chairman for 3 years, is an official course measurer and has received the R.T.T.C. Certificate of Honour.

His forte has been with the media. He has reported in Cycling Weekly since 1965 and worked with B.B.C. Manchester, Pennine Radio, Radio Leeds and Radio Aire. In television commencing with B.B.C. and I.T.V. he joined Eurosport in 1991 covering the Olympics and for the last 7 years the Tour de France, being on the race itself in 2004.

Mike has commentated on cycling events for almost 40 years, including Fallowfield Track, the Isle of Man International Cycling Week and most major events in Yorkshire and nationally.

Mike’s efforts in ensuring public awareness of cycling and his administrative expertise have given honour to Yorkshire and made him most entitled to this award.

2004 Photo Mike Smith

2006 - Kevin Dawson

The Court of Trustees has adjudged Kevin Dawson worthy of the award as a special recognition for winning the Men’s R.T.T.C.-C.T.T. British Best All Rounder for a record tenth time.

Kevin Dawson (Agisko-Dart R.T.) commenced racing in 1988 when 18 years old. He first won the B.B.A.R. in 1992 and in 2006 he became the B.B.A.R. for a record breaking tenth time. He is the only Yorkshire man to have the B.B.A.R. since 1970 and also achieved the record speed of 28.260 mph in 2003. He holds completion records at 50 miles (1.37.21), 100 miles (3.22.45) and is part of the 50 mile, 100 mile and 12 hour team record holder.

Kevin has also been very successful in road racing, his principal victories being five times Division Road Race Champion, first in the Lincoln Grand Prix and second in the National Road Race Championship.

For the above unprecedented and probably not to be repeated achievements Kevin’s brilliant efforts have brought honour to Yorkshire and made him well qualified to take this award.

2006 Photo Kevin Dawson

2008 - David Stone & Ed Clancy

The Court of Trustees has adjudged David Stone MBE and Edward (Ed) Clancy MBE as being worthy of the Award, having brought exceptional honour to the county by winning gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Now living in Yorkshire, David Stone MBE started cycling aged 7, commenced racing at 16 and competed in the Sydney Paralympics in 2000. David is a member of the Yorkshire Road Club and also rides for Dave Mellor Cycles. After winning no fewer than 5 gold and 2 bronze medals in the World Disability Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007, David reached new heights at the Beijing Paralympics by winning two gold medals on a tricycle, one in the Road Time Trial and the other in the Road Race.

Born in Barnsley in 1985, Edward (Ed) Clancy MBE started cycling aged 14, riding club time trials as a member of Holme Valley Wheelers. In 2007 Ed turned professional for Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, mainly competing in Belgium. A specialist in the track pursuit Ed won team pursuit gold medals in the World Track Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2008. His greatest achievement was in the Olympic Games in Beijing as a member of the Track Pursuit Team, breaking the world record in the heats with 3m 55.202s and again in the final when winning the gold medal, beating Denmark in 3m 53.314s.

Both riders have attained magnificent achievements, making all of Yorkshire and indeed Great Britain justly proud of their success.

2008  Photo David Stone
2008  Photo Ed Clancy

2009 - Steve Peat

The Court of Trustees have adjudged that Steve Peat be granted the Award in recognition of his achievements in Downhill Mountain Biking - in particular becoming World Champion in 2009.

Steve Peat was born in Sheffield in 1974. He was interested in BMX cycling from an early age and progressed to mountain bike racing when 19 years old, racing with BATS mountain bike club and Langsett Cycles, Steve turned professional in 1995 and presently races for Santa Cruz Syndicate. His superb achievements include eight times Lisbon Downtown Champion, seventeen World Cup wins (with a total of fifty podium places), twice European Champion, eight times British Champion, and three times World Cup Champion.

After gaining the silver medal on four occasions Steve achieved his ultimate ambition in 2009 by becoming UCI Downhill World Champion in Canberra, Australia.

Steve has proved to be a great ambassador for Yorkshire cycling and is justly worthy of the Award.

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