Singletrack’s 2016 Reader Awards Go Live

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As far as anyone can remember, we’ve been hosting the Singletrack Reader Awards since about 2002. The Awards have shifted about a bit – having been hosted in London (by Phil Liggett, no less) and in Peebles as well as on our home turf of Todmorden and Hebden Bridge – but they’ve always been voted on by you, the reader, which makes them a great indication of public love for the bikes, components and people who’ve walked away with a precious wooden (or Perspex, or steel) orb, plinth or trophy.

A full list of the categories can be found here:

and at the bottom of each story is a link to the voting page. Think you know it all? Then you can go straight there.

There was dining and sharp suits. And checked, and flowery…

The 2016 Reader awards are no less important. The nominations are out and your vote is needed to choose the winnners in each of the categories.

Legendary photographer Vernor chats to Mr Bontrager. Probably about tyres.

The Singletrack Reader Awards evening will take place again in Hebden Bridge on Thursday 29th of September. All nominees are cordially invited, as well as all UK bike industry people. Last year’s event saw such big names at Keith Bontrager, Brian Vernor and Guy Martin rubbing shoulders with representatives from Madison, Zyro, Hope, Pace and more. Oh and us lot.

No band this year, all the money’s gone into buying beer!

We hope we’ll see lots of folks there for this year’s awards, but in the meantime, get voting!

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Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    Silly that you have to place a vote in each category. I know which photo I think is best, but having not visited any of the trail centres or been to any of the bike shops I had to make random selections.

    More beer less band gets my vote.

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