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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

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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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