Last Chance To Nominate! Singletrack Magazine Reader Awards 2018 #STRAW18

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Nominations will close at 9am on Tuesday 11th September! Don’t miss out on your chance to show your appreciation for your favourite bikes, kit, trails and people…

Nominated and voted for by you, the Singletrack Reader Awards are back again. Here’s how to get your nominations in.

The Singletrack Reader Awards are awards given to a bunch of deserving individuals and companies by you, the readers. The awards are split into two phases. First comes the nominations round and then all registered site users will get the chance to vote on the final winners. The results are only revealed on the awards night itself, on Thursday 18th October.

This year’s social media hashtag is #STRAW18

Categories for 2018

We want to hear your nominations (and justifications) for each of the categories. The email address for your submissions is at the bottom of the page, along with a handy list of each category heading. But first, here’s the categories in detail…

Best Hardware

For this award we are looking for the best component, gadget or accessory. It’s not a complete bike, it’s not edible and you can’t wear it. Think components, bars, brakes, seatposts. What has given you the most bang for your buck in terms of your riding this year. Nominations must still be available for retail sale and not be discontinued.

Best Software

It’s clothes innit? Shorts, jerseys, eyewear. If you put it on and check it out it in a mirror before you ride then it’s up for the vote. Make sure that your nominated item is still available to buy new.

Best Bike

Three categories for this one.

Best bike for under £1500
Best bike under £4500
Best bike over £4500
We are looking for that bike that is part of you. That is value for money and fits the way you want to ride perfectly. The bike that helps not hinders the way you want to ride – that pushes you to ride harder, further and for longer. That bike that just doesn’t let you down when you need it.

Best e-MTB

It’s time. We know they are polarising but an ever increasing number of people are choosing them to keep riding for longer. There’s no doubting they are here to stay and we think that many have developed to the point where they deserve recognition. So this category is open to all e-MTBs. They must be currently onsale models launched in the last 12 months and there’s no price limitations on this one. We are looking for the e-MTB that is pushing the limits of the technology. A bike that not only helps with the power but adds to the ride.

Best Image

We are looking for that one image that makes you pause and stare. The one that perfectly sums up why you ride or what you wish you could ride. It could be an image that captures the moment perfectly, or one that makes your heart race. The rules are that the image must have been published in Singletrack Magazine or in the last 12 months. Give us the issue and page number or include a link to the image itself if it is on our website.


Best Author

We want to find the published author or columnist from either the mag or the website that has inspired you the most to get out and ride. Whose words switched something on inside your head that had you reaching for the kit drawer before heading out to get on your bike. Or was it a feature that made you think about some aspect of your riding in a different way. Have you read a travel feature that had you dreaming and checking the bank balance? These are the features we are looking for. Authors must have been published by us in either the mag or online in the last 12 months.

Best UK Event, Show or Series

From XC, DH, Enduro, Marathon, competitive or not. Or big bike shows in hangar sized expos to the little local shows for the specialist bike connoisseur. Think about the organisation; the facilities on offer to competitors and spectators. We are looking for that event that even the weather couldn’t spoil. Events must have taken place in the UK within the last 12 months.

Best Bike Shop

For that personal face to face service, this category is for the shop you visit and hand over cash to a person across a till. Which shop offers the whole package from smiles and expertise to the best deals, prices or extras? Who goes that extra mile for your custom? It’s not just about price, it’s about the whole experience. UK bike shops only please!

Best Online Service

We all buy online and we all have our regular providers It’s not just about the prices; it’s the service from start to finish and beyond. Think website design and range of products. Returns handling, consistent delivery periods, personal communications – it all counts when you are spending online.

Mountain Bike Personality of the Year

Who has worked the hardest, raced the fastest, championed the most or just helped enable more of us to get out and ride. Who has inspired you the most in the last 12 months?

Best Trail Centre

Which destination has it all? From the best trails to the best cake in the cafe afterwards. We are looking for the ultimate all-rounder. Think trails, facilities, location… Which centre gives more smiles per mile than any other and leaves you planning the return before you’ve left the car park? Any UK trail centre is eligible, so get your nominations in.

How to nominate on Social media

This year you can nominate any way you like. On social media use the hashtag..


You can tell us on twitter, tag your LBS and our hashtags in an Instagram photo of your favourite bike shop, Instagram your bike if you think it’s the best bike ever, create a Facebook post about why your favourite trail centre should win – any of these and any other ways you can think of will work. So long as you use the hashtags. If you don’t, we won’t see it.

Also, you must give us a reason for your nomination. Just tagging them is not enough. Tell us why your nomination should count.

And if social media is not your thing you can still just drop us an email.

Don’t just list names. Tell us why you are nominating this product/company/person and in which category. The better the reason the more likely your nomination will make it through to the final vote. The voting phase will start next week and all registered website users will be able to cast their votes at the click of a button in each category.

Here’s a handy list to paste into your email:

Best Hardware
Best Software
Best Bike:
* under £1500
* under £4500
* over £4500
Best e-MTB
Best Image
Best Author
Best UK Event, Show or Series
Best Bike Shop
Best Online Service
Mountain Bike Personality of the Year
Best Trail Centre

When will the awards be er… awarded?

October the 18th in Hebden Bridge.

Wil apparently feared a letter bomb was inside, not a lucky winner’s name.

You can check out more of last year’s silly goings on at the reader Awards 2017 party here.

See all of last year’s winners here


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Amanda Wishart

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Amanda is our resident pedaller, who loves the climbs as much as the descents. No genre of biking is turned down, though she is happiest when at the top of a mountain with a wild descent ahead of her. If you ever want a chat about concussion recovery, dealing with a Womb of Doom or how best to fuel an endurance XC race, she's the one to email.

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Comments (1)

    The issues that cover the last year, for the purposes of nominations for authors and photos are: 114 (which had Wil in a yellow shirt) up to the current issue 120. Get nominating!

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