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CITATIONS - 2010'S

2010 - Elizabeth (Lizzie) Armitstead

2010 Photo Lizzie Armitstead

Acknowledgement - Andrew Kennedy, Kennedy Images

The Court of Trustees have adjudged that Elizabeth Armitstead (Lizzie) be granted the Award in recognition of her achievements in International Road and Track Cycling.

Lizzie Armitstead was born in Otley in 1988. She came into cycling under the guidance of British Cycling’s talent programme and quickly became a member of the junior academy team. In 2005 Lizzie won a silver medal in the Scratch Race at the Junior World Track Championships. She continued her success on both track and road and in 2008 became the under 23 Scratch Race Champion and was a member of the winning Team Pursuit at the European Championships.

At the 2009 World Championships she completed a full house, winning gold in the Team Pursuit, silver in the Scratch Race and bronze in the Points Race. In 2010 she collected two more World Track Championship silver medals.

On the road Lizzie turned professional in 2009 for Lotto-Belisol, moving to Cervelo in 2010. Her success continued with numerous stage wins in Europe and first place in the Under 23 National Road Race Championships in both 2009 and 2010. She completed her 2010 season by winning the Road Race silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Lizzie’s achievements have brought great honour to her country and to Yorkshire cycling and is justly worthy of this Award.

2011 - Bryan Peel (Lifetime Achievement Award)

THE Court of Trustees has adjudged that a Lifetime Achievement Award be granted to John Bryan Peel in recognition of over sixty years of administrative and support work in furtherance of the sport of cycling.

Bryan Peel joined the Drighlington Bicycle Club in 1947, aged 12, and has remained a member ever since; in 1956 he became the Club secretary, an office he held for over 50 years. In his early years he rode time trials as a middle marker and in the 1950s and 60s he helped local children to pass the Cycle proficiency Test.

Bryan was elected to the Yorkshire Cycling Federation Executive Committee in 1963 and was Secretary from 1970 to 2010. On becoming an Andy Wilson Memorial Trustee he organised the 50 mile event from 1979 to 2009. He also became a C.A. Rhodes Memorial Trustee in 1989, a position he still holds.

In the 1970s Bryan joined the Road Time Trials Council (now Cycling Time Trials) District Committee. He has organised two National Championships - the Team Time Trial in 1977 and the 100 miles in 2009 - and was awarded the RTTC National Certificate of Honour in 2006.

2011 Photo Bryan Peel (lifetime achievement)

Bryan was however mainly involved with the British Cycling Federation. He was elected to the local committee in the 1970s and served as a BCF Commissaire from 1976 to 2008 including officiating for the first 11 years of the renowned Otley Town Centre Races. He was the BCF West Yorkshire Registrar from 1980 to 2000 issuing an average of 800 racing and membership licences each year, and was a National Delegate on several occasions. He was awarded the prestigious BCF Division Badge of Honour in 1994 and more recently the BC Certificate of Merit.

A quiet, modest and unassuming man few cyclists will know of Bryan’s immense amount of work and achievements, which have enabled Yorkshire to remain in the forefront of all facets of cycling. Bryan richly deserves this first Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Trustees.

2012 - John Rawnsley (Lifetime Achievement Award)

This Lifetime Achievement Award is made to John Rawnsley of Bradford Racing Cycling Club in recognition of his continued dedication as organiser of the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross over its fifty editions.

John Rawnsley organised the inaugural 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross in 1961, which he also competed in and won. He has organised all 50 events since (two having been cancelled due to foot and mouth). The 3 Peaks has always been the toughest endurance event on the off road calendar and has gained international stature with hundreds of riders eager to test themselves over the scenic and most challenging mountains in Yorkshire. For his commitment John received the C A Rhodes award in 1993 and he has since continued to organise the event, catering for an ever burgeoning interest.

Despite competing successfully at a high level and gaining medals in several championships, John has always worked hard as a coach and official. He has been President of the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association since 1975 and since 2006 he has organised national races in Peel Park, Bradford; these include two National Championships, five National Trophy events and an Inter Area Championship. He has also organised various charity rides and triathlons over his beloved Yorkshire Dales.

John Rawnsley remains a giant within cyclo cross, for which he was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame in 2010. He has for a large part been most instrumental in the continued growth of the sport within the county - Yorkshire cycling and the Trustees are proud to recognise his massive contribution.

2012 Photo John Rawnsley (lifetime achievement)

2013 - Bob Howden

The Court of Trustees makes the 2013 Award to Bob Howden in recognition of his outstanding service to the furtherance of cycling both in Yorkshire and nationally, including his recent election as President of British Cycling.

Bob began cycling in 1968 with Calder Clarion, before becoming a founder member of Wakefield CC in 1974. He enjoyed early racing success and was Junior Division Road Champion, then progressing to first category and representing West Yorkshire several times in his 24 year racing career.

After qualifying as a road commissaire in 1981 Bob took an increasing interest in administrative affairs, becoming a valued member of the former BCF West Yorkshire committee. In addition to his current role as Chairman of British Cycling Yorkshire Region he has organised the National Road Championships in 2005, 2008 and 2012 and in intervening years the Ryedale Grand Prix. He has also organised Division Road Championships and participated in the organising team of the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling; he is a prolific organiser of road events to the highest standard.

At national level Bob joined the Board of British Cycling in 1998 and has variously served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of various specialist Commissions, where his technical knowledge of road racing has proved invaluable. He has also served as Chief Judge or Chief Commissaire at numerous major road and circuit events throughout the country.

Bob Howden now progresses to become President and Chairman of British Cycling as the sport enjoys unprecedented participation; under his leadership cycling is assured of even greater success. The Trustees are proud to acknowledge the commitment and competence of this most worthy recipient of the Award.

2014 - Gary Verity

The 2014 Award is made by the Court of Trustees to Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire, for having brought exceptional honour to Yorkshire Cycling.

His vision of bringing the Tour de France Grand Départ to Yorkshire and his drive and determination to lead his team to a successful execution have raised the profile of Yorkshire as a tourist destination, as an area capable of hosting world class events and has massively increased participation in cycling.

Originating from Leeds, Gary Verity enjoyed a successful career in commerce and business, before his appointment as Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire in 2008. His “think big” attitude soon had him targeting a visit to Yorkshire by the Tour de France– the third biggest sporting event in the world and one which would create a worldwide showcase for the magnificent Yorkshire scenery. Against the odds he beat strong competition to secure the 2014 Grand Départ.

The visit by the Tour was an outstanding success, with vast crowds lining the routes of stage 1 through the Yorkshire Dales from Leeds to Harrogate and stage 2 from York to Sheffield via the West Riding and gruelling Pennine climbs. Outstanding racing by the world’s top professional riders was on display and a worldwide audience of many millions saw “Gods Own County” at its finest. A legacy has been created for future major international bike races and there has been a huge increase in tourism.

Organised cycling within the County of Yorkshire is now enjoying unprecedented popularity; we are proud to be Yorkshire Cyclists and to have witnessed, in the words of TdF Race Director Christian Prudhomme, “the grandest of Grand Départs”. The Trustees are honoured to be able to acclaim Gary Verity for this extraordinary success.

In the period since her previous C A Rhodes Award Lizzie’s road race wins include the National Championship in both 2011 and 2013, the 2013 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 World Cup Series. She also took the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics road race.

By these achievements Lizzie has achieved the objectives of the Award, bringing exceptional honour to Yorkshire and raising the profile of women’s cycling.

2016 - Steve Bate MBE and Adam Duggleby MBE

Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby are worthy of the Award, having brought exceptional honour to Yorkshire cycling, winning two golds and a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.

Whilst living in Scotland New Zealander Steve Bate excelled as a climber, despite his visual impairment. Following a successful trial for the British Cycling Paralympic Squad he then relocated to Yorkshire.

Born and bred in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Adam Duggleby began cycling at an early age. He displayed exceptional talent and became champion in the 2000 Juvenile Circuit Race, the 2001 GHS National 10 Mile and in both 2001 and 2002 the Junior 25 Mile. After university he resumed his success with wins in the team time trial and track national championships.

British Cycling paired Adam and Steve together on the Paralympic Squad and they began tandem racing in 2014. Early international successes were achieved in UCI Para-cycling World Cup events with a full tally of gold, silver and bronze in road races and time trials. In 2016 they continued their World Cup rides with a time trial bronze in Ostend, earning selection for the Rio Paralympics.

2016 bate+duggleby on podium 10x8 WEB

In scintillating form for Rio they opened their account with gold in the track pursuit, achieving two world records in the process. They followed this with another gold in the road time trial and completed their campaign with a strong ride for bronze in the road race.

Steve and Adam also made their mark in domestic time trials as part of their Rio preparation by establishing men’s tandem competition records at 10 miles (17:06) and 25 miles (43:23); in this they attained an outstanding level of achievement in Yorkshire cycling and are further qualified to receive the award.

Mike's most well regarded annual promotion has been the hugely popular Team Swift Charity 10. Over its seven years this event has provided hundreds of fast time trial rides and in the process raised over £20,000 for the Macmillan Nurses charity.

Cycling Time Trials recently awarded Mike their Gold Badge of Honour. Mike now takes an enforced health rest as the cyclists of Yorkshire salute his achievements.

2018 - David Hall

The Trustees are proud to make the 2018 Award to David Hall, Yorkshire Regional Director of Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, from 1994 to 2014.

David was born in Leicester in 1949 and moved to Leeds in 1958, where he still lives. He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1970 and became an estate agent. He cycled extensively in the UK and throughout Europe and he could see that society's increasing reliance on car use was unsustainable.

After riding the then recently developed York - Selby cycle track David joined Sustrans as a supporter and attended their AGM in York, where he met founder and CEO John Grimshaw. Within two days he was invited to Sustran's Bristol headquarters and accepted their lead role in Yorkshire.

In developing the National Cycle Network throughout Yorkshire David has negotiated with landowners to secure disused railway lines, bridges and corridors of land. By appealing to their common sense in recognising the necessity to reduce car reliance he was able to develop many projects throughout the county. He was equally at home talking persuasively to local authorities, government officials and elected representatives to secure their support.

2018 Photo David Hall

Cycle paths which David has delivered include Spen Valley Greenway, Nidderdale Greenway, Wetherby - Newton Kyme, Great Northern Rail Trail and many others throughout Yorkshire. These routes have incorporated many reopened viaducts, including Chain Bar at Cleckheaton which carries the Greenway over 14 lanes of the M62. Many miles of safe routes have been created and all have been embraced by local communities and are used widely by those from further afield, especially cyclists. He has also worked with partner agencies on longer distance routes, notably the Trans Pennine Trail, the Way of the Roses and other projects throughout the county.

David's passion for this work has left Yorkshire with an outstanding network, encouraging behavioural change in favour of cycling. In doing so he has rendered service to the furtherance of cycling in Yorkshire and is justly worthy of this Award.

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