The Winners! Singletrack Reader Awards 2018

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Nominated and voted for by you, our readers, the votes have been counted and the winners have been revealed at our star studded awards ceremony. There were definitely more flannel shirts than sequins on display, but as usual Chipps made up for the lack of general glitz by outdressing almost everyone in an astonishing array of cowboy themed gear. Clearly he’s ready for his sabbatical to Moab.

You can’t really see the bolo, and you’re missing the metal tipped cowboy boots, and the giant belt buckle. Be thankful.

If you tuned in on our live feed from the awards, you’ll already know who won what, but if you missed it or you want a quick recap, read on.

Best Hardware: Rockshox Lyrik RC2

Alex Rafferty from SRAM accepting the award for Best Hardware.


  • BikeYoke Revive Dropper post
  • Shimano XTR groupset

Best Software: BELL Super DH Mips helmet

Drinking is a risky business, protection is a good idea.


  • Julbo Renegade glasses
  • Specialized 2FO 2.0 shoe

Best Bike Under £1500: Calibre Bossnut Evo

We couldn’t separate these winners from their competition. So much love.


  • Genesis Longitude 2018
  • Sonder Evol NX1 Recon

Best Bike Under £4500: Cotic Solaris Max XT Cane Creek Helm

Kelvin accepting the award on behalf of the Cotic crew. The first shot, he blinked. This is him definitely not blinking.


  • Bird Aeris AM9 X01/XX1
  • Canyon Spectral CF 8.0

Best Bike Over £4500: Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon C XO1 Reserve

A man who knows how to hold a beer.


  • Mondraker Foxy XR 29er
  • Orange Stage 4 Factory

Best e-MTB: Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Carbon

You’re pouring it all over yourself, Georgia.

Best Image: Rider/snow/moon. Issue 115 – Nathan Hughes

The winning image.


  • Issue 119 cover image – Sven Martin
  • Issue 118 cover image – Sam Needham

Best Author: George Thompson – #MakingUpTheNumbers

George, so tall we had to zoom out.


  • Barney Marsh
  • Tom Johnstone – Internal Struggle

Best UK Event, Show or Series: Ard Rock Enduro

These awards prompted much posing of this ilk.


  • Malverns Classic
  • MTB Meetup
  • Tweedlove

Best Bike Shop: Pedal and Spoke, Peaslake


  • Cycle Factory, Todmorden
  • Riders Cycle Centre, Skipton.

Best Trail Centre: Bike Park Wales

Yet another award for their trophy cabinet.


  • Leeds Urban Bike Park
  • Llandegla

Best Online Service: Bird Cycleworks

Likes to talk about bikes. Call him for a chat.


  • Keeper of the Peak
  • Sixth Element

Mountain Bike Personality of the Year: Tracy Moseley

MTB star, coach and mum. Wat next?


  • Evie Richards
  • Lee Craigie

Congratulations to all our winners and finalists, and thank you to all the readers for voting.

Awards were hand made locally. Artisan even?

The awards themselves were made by local resident Tom Potter. Thanks very much to Tom for hand turning all the wooden bottles – it’s a super impressive bit of work and the awards feel lovely in the hand. Here’s an extra bit of trivia for you (that we didn’t know when we commissioned Tom to make the awards): he has previously machined elements of Ali Clarkson’s bikes to improve their balance and save weight. Ali and Pete Scullion will be featuring in Issue 122 of Singletrack Magazine – for a look at some of the riding they did, hop on over here.

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Hannah Dobson

Managing Editor

I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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Comments (3)

    Blimey, I voted for none of the winners, sorry to see Leeds Urban Bike Park not winning but great recognition for a facility that is not even 12 months old, only great times ahead for a fabulous inner city facility.

    No one still confirmed how the new XTR groupset got nominated when you can’t actually buy it yet!?

    How many times do I have to tell you people?

    Sanny writes the best articles.

    End of.

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