Sir Bradley Wiggins to attend inaugural Cycling Weekly Awards

Sir Bradley Wiggins will attend the ceremony to recognise the essential work of local volunteers who drive the sport at grass roots level, and will present the Local Hero award.

Sir Bradley Wiggins to attend inaugural Cycling Weekly Awards

Cycling Weekly will be celebrating the best of British cycling at its inaugural awards ceremony in central London this December.

Ten awards will be presented on the night, recognising the best riders and achievements of 2018 - from Grand Tour winners to the rising stars of the cycling scene - and outstanding fundraising efforts.

The winner of the Local Hero award, in association with Freewheel, will be decided by public vote. All nominees were put forward by the readers of Cycling Weekly and have been whittled down by the awards judging panel to a shortlist of four finalists.

Wiggins said: "The dedication and commitment of coaches and organisers up and down the country at grass-roots level is the beating heart of cycling.

“I still remember the guys at Herne Hill when I started racing. They were there week in week out and gave people like me our first taste of proper racing, so I’m looking forward to presenting the Local Hero award.”

The four finalists for the Local Hero award are:

Glyn Durrant - Surrey Cycle Racing League

Peter Harrison - The Cyclone Festival

Celia Tennant - Clydesdale Colts Cycling Club

Debbie Wharton - Maindy Flyers

Commenting on the event itself Wiggins said: "It’s been a great year for British riders, making history by winning all three Grand Tours. The awards will be a good night to honour the successes of this year.”

Sean Igoe, Cycling Weekly’s head of market, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have confirmation of Sir Bradley’s attendance, arguably one of the biggest names in road cycling history. We are extremely excited and cannot wait for the night, it promises to be a great one.”

The Cycling Weekly Awards will be held at 8 Northumberland Place in Central London on Wednesday, 12 December.

A table for ten guests costs £2,500, with single tickets available for £250 + vat.

The ten award categories are:

Male Rider of the Year

Female Rider of the Year

International Rider of the Year

Rising Star Award

Domestic Rider of the Year

Outstanding Achievement

Best Charitable Initiative

Club of the Year

Lifetime Achievement

Local Hero