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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.

Medallists Steve Bate (L) and Adam Duggleby (R) flanked by Rhodes Trustees (L to R) Melvyn Gibson, Bryan Peel, Elaine Ward, John Churchman and Mike Penrice

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Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby with "their pages" of the Rhodes Memorial book

1st January 2017

The New Year Honours List for 2017 has recognised four recipients of the C A Rhodes Award. The latest recipients, Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby, are both awarded MBE's following their triple success in the Rio Paralympics. 2008 recipient Ed Clancy is now made an OBE (previously MBE) thanks to his continued winning ways at the Rio Olympics. Brian Robinson is awarded the BEM for services to cycling and charity; he was the Rhodes Award winner in 2005 in recognition of the 50th anniversay of him becoming the first British winner of a stage of the Tour de France.

The Trustees congratulate all these winners - Yorkshire is proud of them.

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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Acknowledgement - SWPix & British Cycling

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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