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14th January 2020 (updated 8th March)


Yorkshire cycling has formally recognised one of the most versatile and successful of the current generation of international road and track cyclists - Ben Swift. The Award specifically recognises Ben's victory in the British Road Race Championship held on 30th June at Norwich.

Rotherham-born Ben, now aged 32, has been a constant on the Yorkshire cycling scene for very many years. He now resides in Sheffield, although his riding commitments with the all-conquering Team Ineos and as a member of the GB team take him all over the world. His first race, when only 3, was a children's cyclo-cross at Rother Valley Country Park and he raced regularly throughout Yorkshire and beyond from that early age; he developed a passion for cycle racing, initially cyclo-cross and BMX, but then graduating to both road and track and he has enjoyed outstanding successes. He won gold in the scratch race at 2012 track world championship, backed up by silvers in both the points race and the madison, and can harness that track speed to the frantic dashes at the finish of international road races such as the European classics or the Grand Tours.

On the road he has collected numerous stage wins in multi day races, has achieved 3rd and 2nd places in the Milan-San Remo one day classic, 5th in the World Road Championship in Bergen, Norway, and 2nd and ultimately 1st in the British National Road Race Championship.

As a strong sprinter and domestique Ben has competed twice in all three Grand Tours - France, Italy and Spain. He epitomises all that is admirable about Yorkshire racing cyclists and by his many achievements he has brought exceptional honour to Yorkshire.

The C. A. Rhodes Award was formally announced by Mike Williams at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation annual luncheon, held on Sunday 23rd February 2020 at Pontefract. Unfortunately team responsibilities meant that Ben was racing in the Tour of the Algarve at that time, so the Trustees hope to meet up with him later in the year.

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28th February 2019

The Charles Arthur Rhodes Memorial Award was recently presented to David Hall, Yorkshire Regional Director of Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, from 1994 to 2014.

The presentation was ably made at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation luncheon at South Milford by new Trustee Mike Williams, last year’s winner, following an introduction by President John Churchman. The Guest of Honour was Sir Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire and who was himself a previous recipient of this prestigious award in 2014. Indeed, it was notable that there was a total of nine previous recipients present at the ceremony, including 2005 winner Brian Robinson, the in the 1950s became the first Briton to complete the Tour de France and the first to win a stage and himself a Sustrans volunteer, and 1965 winner Bas Breedon, 25 and 50 miles national champion and competition record holder.

David gave an entertaining acceptance speech highlighting the trials and tribulations of persuading reluctant farmers to hand over strips of vitally important land to achieve a cohesive cycle network. As a keen enthusiast of the local history of Headingley he had also clearly been researching the early days of Charles Arthur Rhodes and their possible shared schooling (albeit many years apart). Above all David is passionate about providing cycling facilities on the basis that if safe routes are provided their use will grow, as ordinary people discover cycling, whether simply as a mode of transport or as a leisure activity.

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1st January 2018

Yorkshire cycling has formally recognised one of its most hard working administrators and a prolific race organiser - Mike Williams - with the C.A.Rhodes Award.

Mike Williams, aged 72 years, is a native of Hull and currently resides in Skidby. Cycling has been his passion since teenage years and from an early age he has been willing to undertake organisational responsibilities; he considers himself to be an innovative organiser. After concluding his career as a teacher he has continued to race as a veteran time triallist and has taken on a vast amount of work at club and district level. He is noted nationally for his work promoting cycling time trials.

Commenting on his award Mike said "I am proud to be awarded the CA Rhodes Award and I thank everyone that has recognised me with this honour. At the CTT AGM on the second of December I was surprised to receive a CTT Gold Badge in recognition for my service to the sport - another fantastic honour . I don't know what to expect next but these two awards mean a lot and to receive them from my peers makes it even more special."

The C.A.Rhodes Award will be presented at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation annual luncheon, to be held on Sunday 25th February 2018.

6th March 2017

Paralympic tandem champions Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby recently received the C A Rhodes Memorial Award for 2016, the first time that the Award has been made to a tandem pair. The occassion again took place at its traditional venue, the Yorkshire Cycling Federation annual luncheon, in recognition Charles Arthur Rhodes founding that organisation in 1932; it was well attended by a large cross section of the Yorkshire cycling community. The Award was made jointly by President of the Trustees John Churchman and the Presenter Melvyn Gibson, who gave his usual entertaining speech whilst also highlighting the significant achievements Steve and Adam.

5th December 2016

The Trustees annual meeting took place on 6th November and it was unanimously agreed that the Award for 2016 be made to Yorkshire's two Rio de Janeiro Paralympics multi-medal winning heroes, Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby.

Riding in the B/VI tandem racing category they brought exceptional honour to Yorkshire cycling, winning two gold and one bronze medal. In their preparation they also broke men's tandem competition records at both 10 and 25 miles.

Originally from New Zealand Steve Bate (39) was living in north east Scotland when talent spotted for the BC squad. He now resides in Hebden Bridge, where he relocated specifically to pursue his Rio Paralympics tandem cycling ambitions. Prior to taking up cycle racing he was a climber of note and with only 10% vision in 2013 he became the first visually impaired solo climber to conquer the 3000ft sheer rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite, California.

Adam Duggleby (32) is originally from Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire, but now lives in Leeds. He has been a racing cyclist since the age of 13, winning numerous local and national awards, with a break whilst he went to university where he successfully graduated in mathematics and accounting.

The C.A.Rhodes Award will be presented at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation annual luncheon, to be held on 26th February 2017.

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29th February 2016

The 2015 Award was presented at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation Annual Luncheon, held on Sunday 28th February at Scarthingwell Golf Club, Barkston Ash, Tadcaster by Melvyn Gibson. Unfortunately due to Lizzie Armitstead's busy schedule as World Road Racing Champion she was unable to attend in person and the Award was received on her behalf by her father, John Armitstead.

In receiving the award John was able to tell us that Lizzie had achieved her first win as reigning world champion the previous day, when she soloed to victory in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium. He went on to read the following message from Lizzie thanking the cyclists of Yorkshire for their ongoing support for her and telling of the tough climbs of the Yorkshire Dales, which are her training ground in preparation for these major events.

"I would like to thank the members of the YCF for this prestigious award. It is a great honour for me to join the likes of Beryl Burton and Brian Robinson and I particularly appreciate an award from Yorkshire, the home to so many enthusiastic cyclists. I always look forward to coming back to Otley and training with the North Leeds chain gang during the week, where I am always made so welcome. I am sure the Yorkshire landscape has also played a great part in my success. If you can set a good pace up Park Rash, Norwood Edge or Otley Chevin there is nothing too daunting elsewhere in the world.

Thank you once again for this award - it really means a lot to me.

Lizzie Armitstead"

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6th January 2016

The C.A.Rhodes Memorial Award for 2015 is to be given to Lizzie Armitstead, professional cyclist from Otley, in recognition of her winning the 2015 Women’s World Road Race Championship in addition to the Commonwealth and British titles and the season long World Cup Series. Lizzie previously won the Award in 2010 and becomes only the third person to receive the award more than once in its 55 year history, thus following in the tracks of the legendary Beryl Burton from Morley (1961, 1967, 1978 and 1983) and Doncaster's Kevin Dawson (1992 and 2006).

Arrangements for presentation of the Award will be announced in due course.

The Trustees also congratulate Bob Howden on his being awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours. Bob is President of British Cycling (among many other duties) and received the C A Rhodes Award in 2013.

6th December 2015

The Trustees met 0n 15th November to consider nominations for the 2015 Award. It is hoped to make an announcement shortly.

The Trustees would also like to congratulte Gary Verity, the 2014 CA Rhodes Award recipient, on the awarding of a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours. Well deserved, Sir Gary.

22nd February 2015

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The 2014 Award was made to Gary Verity today at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation Luncheon, held at Scarthingwell Golf Club, near Tadcaster. Gary needed no introduction to the many long time cyclists present, but Trustee Melvyn Gibson outlined the massive contribution which he had made to Yorkshire cycling by his masterminding of the Tour de France Grand Départ.

In a very entertaining response Gary described the process by which the event was secured for Yorkshire and how he won the French organisers over to all things Yorkshire - from our "petit chiens" (Yorkshire terriers), our Yorkshire puddings, but mostly the magnificent Yorkshire scenery and our passion for cycling. He then went on to outline the plans for the forthcoming Tour de Yorkshire, which in the safe hands of Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sports Organisation cannot fail to be an outstanding success.

Gary was accompanied at the Award Luncheon by his wife, Anne.

26th December 2014

The C.A.Rhodes Memorial for 2014 is to be made to Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire, in recognition of his conceiving of and masterminding the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France

The memorial was instigated in 1961 as a tribute to the memory of Charles Arthur Rhodes (1895-1961) doyen of the Yorkshire Road Club, co-founder in 1932 of the Yorkshire Cycling Federation and a nationally recognised timekeeper and administrator. The Award is regarded as the greatest distinction Yorkshire Cycling can bestow.

The award will be presented at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation Annual Luncheon on the 22nd February 2015.

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