World Champion Manon Carpenter and Commonwealth Champion Geraint Thomas MBE were honoured at the 2014 USN Welsh Cycling Awards at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday, where Wales’ cycling community celebrated their success over the last twelve months.
Manon Carpenter, Caerphilly, was awarded Elite Cyclist of the Year, sponsored by Griffin Mill, with Managing Director Anthony Griffin and Marketing Coordinator Paul Gibbs attending to present Manon with the award for her consistent high performance in the 2014 season. Carpenter won the UCI World Cup Mountain Bike Downhill Series, as well as the British National Downhill Series before being crowned World Champion in September.
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“It’s really amazing, I was really nervous as I was against such tough competition and it is really nice to see Mountain Biking get recognised. Winning the World Championship was a highlight of the year for me, I was happy with my performance that day, and it was a really close race. I’m looking forward to changing a few things over the winter and making some improvements, and really excited for next year!”
Cardiff’s Geraint Thomas was honoured with Outstanding Performance of the Year, sponsored by S & D Sealants, for providing Wales with its final gold medal performance at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Geraint stormed to victory in the road race, adding to his bronze medal in the time trial, and taking the cycling medal tally to five led to Welsh Cycling’s best ever performance at a Commonwealth Games.
Other awards of the evening included 'The Lifetime Contribution to Cycling in Wales', sponsored by USN was awarded to Tudor Thomas of Bynea Cycling Club. Event Organiser of the Year was awarded to Bill Owen, for the British National Road and Time Trial Championships.
Club Cyclist of the Year, sponsored was awarded to Graham Edwards, Abergavenny Road Club. Abergavenny Road Club also won Club of the Year, for the second year in a row.
Julia Allen from VC Melyd was presented with Coach of the Year, and Liz Slater was honoured for her commitment to officiating and volunteering with Services to Commissairing.
Manon Lloyd, Epic Cycles Scott Women’s Racing Team, won the The Colin Thornton Memorial for Welsh Junior Performance and Commonwealth bronze medallist Matt Ellis won Paracylist of the Year, Ellis won bronze at the Commonwealth Games, with tandem pilot Ieuan Williams who collected his award on the night.
Unsung Hero of Cycling saw some strong entries from across Wales in many different aspects of the sport, with the Maindy Mums of Maindy Flyers Youth Cycling Club taking the award on the night.
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