December 15, 2009
Now in its ninth year, the Singletrack Reader Awards are still the only awards that reflect what the Great British mountain biking public think. Thank you for all your votes!
So without any further ado, here are the results from literally thousands of votes cast by you, the Singletrack Reader jury…
Best New Product: Hardware
Winner: Hope Hoops Wheels
The Barnoldswick boys’ wheelsets are well-built, versatile, serviceable and pretty much future-proof. A firm favourite with British bikers.
Runners up: Truvativ Hammerschmidt, Garmin Edge 705 GPS
Best New Product: Software
Winner: Endura Baa Baa Base Layer
Everyone likes to be cosy and Endura’s merino wool is one of the cosiest things you can put next to your skin.
Runners up: 661 Evo Knee Pads, Shimano MW80 Boots
Best New Bike
Winner: Orange Blood
Our readers recognise a genuinely different – but decent – bike when they see it. The Blood’s unique combination of ‘big bike’ geometry with ‘trail riding’ travel has gone down a storm.
Runners up: Ragley Blue Pig, Specialized Epic Marathon
Winner: Ibis Mojo SL
How do you improve an already much-admired bike? You shave some weight off it and stick some pretty anodised parts on it that’s how. Happily the Mojo SL has the performance to back up its looks.
Runners up: Intense 951, Commencal Supreme
Winner: Dan Barham
Good ol’ reliable Mr B. He may come across as calm and carefree but we know how much graft and slog he puts into his shoots. An Award well-earned.
Runners up: Sim Mainey, Gary Perkin
Best UK Event, Show or Series
Winner: Fort William World Cup
For seemingly the millionth year in a row ‘Fort Bill’ has further secured its grasp on the Best Event trophy. The Singletrack Weekender will win it next year though.
Runners up: Singletrack Classic Weekender, 10 @ Kirroughtree
Best UK Trail Centre
Another perennial Award winner – by quite a margin as well. There’s still no beating this place’s combination of trails, café, bike shop, staff and facilities. And cake.
Runners up: Whinlatter Forest, Lee Quarry
Best Mail Order
Winner: Chain Reaction Cycles
The big boys from Belfast require no introduction. So we won’t give them one. Well done chaps!
Runners up: Merlin Cycles, Wiggle.co.uk
Best Bike Shop
Winner: 18 Bikes, Hope
Improving on their runners’ up spot from last year’s Reader Awards, the hard working nice folk at 18 Bikes have snatched the crown from Bike Treks.
Runners up: Bike Treks, Nirvana
Best Singletrack Magazine Feature
Winner: ‘Man & Boy’ by Ed Oxley
This was the closest category with only a handful of votes separating the candidates. Ed’s feature must be one of the most genuinely moving pieces of writing in a mountain bike magazine for quite some time. The best man won.
Runners up: ‘One Ton Weekend’ by Chipps Chippendale, ‘21st Century Pass Storming’ by Benji Haworth
Mountain Bike Personality of the Year
Winner: Steve Peat
Usually Steve is there or thereabouts in this category but after this year’s emotional World Champs there was simply no contest in this category. Well done Steve! And about time too.
Runners up: Danny MacAskill, Darcy Turenne