Singletrack Reader Awards 2019 – Nominations Open!

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Nominations will close at 9am on Monday 5th August! Don’t miss out on your chance to show your appreciation for your favourite bikes, kit, trails and people…


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 19th September.

singletrack reader awards 2019
Last year’s awards (We’ve been handing out ‘gongs’ since 2002)

Introducing our sponsor – Freewheel.co.uk

This year, we’re happy to be working alongside Freewheel and even happier to be able to offer all readers an exclusive 10% discount off their first purchase!

Singletrack Reader Awards 2019 in Association with Freewheel.co.uk

Freewheel is your local bike shop online. It has been created to support small businesses across the country, bringing together the convenience of online shopping and the expertise of your local bike shop.

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By working with some of the best independent bicycle retailers in the UK, shoppers can buy with confidence knowing that there is expert help on hand. Simply nominate your nearest local bike shop, then select home delivery or reserve and collect. In either case, money from your purchase will always go to your nominated store which helps to keep small businesses alive which are the lifeblood of our wonderful sport.

freewheel sponsor the singletrack reader awards 2019
(terms & conditions apply)

Categories for 2019

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, right? 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 £2000
  • 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

We think that these have developed to the point where they deserve recognition, so this category is open to all e-MTBs. They must be currently on sale 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 singletrackworld.com 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…

#STRAW19

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.

Tell us why?

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 £2000
* 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?

September 19th in Hebden Bridge at the pretty darned cool and famous Trades Club

singletrack reader awards 2019 at the Trades Club Hebden Bridge

Previously on The Singletrack Reader Awards

Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more eco aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

Comments (3)

    Is the year drawing to a close already?
    There’ll be Christmas ads soon…

    you know it emails readerawards2018 right?

    We get all the emails regardless, Andy.
    The year isn’t ending yet eddibaby, it’s just that the awards evening is earlier this year.

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