C. A. RHODES MEMORIAL AWARD

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RECIPIENTS OF THE AWARD - 2020 TO 2029

The Court of Trustees pronounce the 2020 winner of the Award to be Tom Pidcock in recognition of his ascent to a world class competitor, primarily in cyclo-cross and road racing.

 

Tom was born in Leeds in 1999 and began cycle racing and winning at a very young age, accruing competitive experience beyond his years.  He burst onto the world stage by winning Junior World Championships in both cyclo-cross and time trialling in 2017; in that year he also won the junior Paris-Roubaix road race and (at only 17 years of age) the Elite British National Circuit Race Championship.

 

He continued to build on these successes, most notably in 20119 by winning the Under 23s World Cyclo-Cross title, then taking the bronze medal in that group's Road Race World Championship on home roads at Harrogate, and again winning Paris-Roubaix, now in the espoirs category.

 

Starting 2020 at still only 21 Tom was granted dispensation to ride the senior World Cyclo-Cross Championship, where he took an impressive second place against very experienced opposition.  Switching to the road he then swept the board in the Giro Ciclistico d'Italia ('Baby Giro', Italy's top amateur race) by winning three stages, the mountains classification and the overall.  With the promise of a professional contract with Ineos Grenadiers for 2021 Tom then returned to off road racing.

2020 Thomas (Tom) Pidcock

2020 Photo Tom Pidcock

Riding the Mountain Bike World Championships he picked up two more rainbow jerseys by winning the e-MTB Cross Country and the Under-23 Cross Country titles.  As the year progressed he continued to mix his racing at the highest level, finishing his first Elite World Road Race Championship and concluding his year by winning his first Superprestige cyclo cross in Belgium.

 

It is impossible summarise Tom Pidcock's many achievements in his still youthful cycling career but the emergence of this exciting talent has already brought great honour to Yorkshire cycling.  The Trustees are honoured to make this Award and look forward to Tom's continuing development.

2020 Peter Read (Posthumous Award)

The Court of Trustees acknowledges the outstanding contribution made by Pete Read in revolutionising training methods for time triallists.  He was a pioneer in the use of structured indoor turbo training, assisted by heart rate monitoring, benefiting time triallists both within Yorkshire and nationally

 

Pete was born in Goole and after a number of jobs he joined the family jewellery business.  He began cycling in 1978 with his sons, firstly with Goole Vermuyden CC and later VC York.  He was one of the first to adopt out-of-season turbo training, resulting in a big improvement and he began winning races; he then  qualified as an ABBC coach and left the family firm in 1985 to concentrate on cycle coaching.  Pete's reputation grew as he worked with individual riders on personal training programmes, one of the first to do so.  He also held training sessions with clubs and wrote three books about training, setting out generic turbo programmes involving heart rate zones.

 

Protégées of Pete began to make their mark and this led to the formation of Pete Read Racing Team in 1998.  They  announced their arrival on the scene in 1999 by winning the men's national 50 team prize, which they retained in 2000 and 2001; the women’s team meanwhile won the British Best All Rounder in 2000 and 2001.  In 2005 Pete Read Racing became Team Swift and they continued to win national awards, including seven BBAR team wins plus national championships and competition records.  This success was down to Pete's vision and his ability to motivate and prepare riders to succeed.

2020 PPhoto Peter Read (Posthumous Award)

As the founding father of Team Swift Pete was passionate about time trialling, but ensured they were not seen exclusively as a racing team.  They organised events, including national championships, and it was a condition of membership that all team riders had to assist occasionally.

 

Pete died aged 75 on 5th February 2020, after battling cancer.  His friendly disposition and advice readily given is sadly missed at time trials but Yorkshire cycling is richer for his legacy.