British Cycling has today revealed the names of 50 cycling heroes who have been selected for induction into its Hall of Fame to celebrate the organisation’s 50 years as the national governing body for cycling.
Since launching the initiative earlier this year, British Cycling has received over 300 nominations from the public, ranging from male and female riders, coaches and team managers, sport administrators and volunteers to cycling public figures instrumental in progressing the sport.
A Hall of Fame panel, consisting of cycling journalists and British Cycling representatives, has made a unanimous decision to recognise past cycling achievements over current cycling successes to make the first Hall of Fame a tribute to the sport’s and the organisation’s past five decades.
Victoria Pendleton MBE, panel member, said: “We made a conscious decision not to select elite riders who are still competing at an international level or coaches and managers at the top of their game. We also agreed we should recognise administrators and volunteers who have been active in the sport over many years and have made a significant contribution to it during that time. There have also been several posthumous awards.”
British Cycling’s President, Brian Cookson OBE, who chaired the panel, said: “The response we’ve had from the public for the Hall of Fame has been phenomenal and choosing just 50 individuals out of over a hundred proved very challenging. With such a fantastic number of nominations this year we have decided to make the Hall of Fame an annual event to enable us to recognise more recent and current cycling successes.”
The 50 cycling heroes will be officially induced into the British Cycling Hall of Fame when the organisation concludes its 50th year anniversary celebrations at its Gala Dinner, which will be held at Manchester Central on 20 February 2010.
The 50 cycling heroes to be inducted into the 2009 British Cycling Hall of Fame are as follows, arranged alphabetically:
Chris Boardman MBE
Beryl Burton OBE
Arthur Campbell MBE
Doug Dailey MBE
Tony Doyle MBE
Ian Emmerson OBE
Benny Foster OBE
Eileen Gray CBE
Peter Keen OBE
Peter King CBE
Phil Liggett MBE
Paul Manning MBE
John & Doreen Mallinson
Yvonne McGregor MBE
Hugh Porter MBE
Jason Queally MBE
Dot Tilbury MBE
Tony Yorke OBE
Members of the 2009 British Cycling Hall of Fame panel include: British Cycling’s President Brian Cookson OBE, Guardian’s Cycling Correspondent William Fotheringham, Cycling Weekly’s Editor Robert Garbutt, current Olympic and World Champion Victoria Pendleton MBE, British Cycling’s Executive Director Peter King CBE and Cycling Commentator Hugh Porter MBE.
For more information about the Hall of Fame please visit www.britishcycling.org.uk.