Singletrack Reader Awards 2019 | And The Winners Are…

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Your award winners at the 2019 Singletrack Reader Awards, revealed.

This year’s award finalists, bike industry dignitaries, Singletrack Lifetime Subscribers and bike industry undignifieds were welcomed to Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club for an evening of Indonesian food, refreshing beers, and – of course – trophies. Yes, it’s the Singletrack Reader Awards, this year held in association with Freewheel.

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.

Preceded by a big ride out, held in the traditional sunshine which inexplicably seems to bless this gathering every year, it was a day for catching up with those too often only seen in trade halls under artificial lighting. Cleaned up, nettle stings tended and minor injuries swabbed, it was time to behold Chipps’ choice of outfit for the year’s formalities.

The live feed was sadly interrupted by a lack of internet in the venue – having tested it during the day, all seemed fine. Then apparently in the evening it got a bit tired, and some of the internet had an early night. Luckily we recorded the whole thing, so you can watch the replay here, or read on to find out which finalists took home the winning titles.

This year’s awards are alive!

Best Hardware

The Finalists

  • Maxxis Minion DHRII
  • Rev Grips
  • SRAM Eagle AXS

The Winner – Maxxis Minion DHRII

Smiling was mandatory.

Best Software

The Finalists

  • 7mesh Revo Shorts
  • Camelbak Repack LR
  • Nukeproof Women’s Blackline Short

The Winner – Camelbak Repack LR

Plaid shirts were not mandatory

Best Trail Centre

The Finalists

  • Leeds Urban Bike Park
  • Oneplanet Adventure – Llandegla
  • Revolution Bike Park

The Winner – Revolution Bike Park

The locals from Leeds made it through the traffic to collect their award – the Welsh contingent got stuck trying to leave the country!

Best Bike Under £2000

The Finalists

  • Calibre Bossnut
  • Radon Cragger 8.0
  • Sonder Cortex

The Winner – Calibre Bossnut

No rivalries here.

Best Bike Under £4500

The Finalists

  • Cotic Flare
  • Giant Trance Adv Pro
  • Specialized Stumpjumper Evo

The Winner – Cotic Flare

Just off camera: that suitcase from Pulp Fiction

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Best Bike Over £4500

The Finalists

  • Pivot Mach 4 SL Team XTR
  • Santa Cruz Megatower
  • YETI SB130

The Winner – Santa Cruz Megatower

Jonty from Santa Cruz, with the face of surprise.

Best E-MTB

The Finalists

  • Canyon Spectral:On
  • Intense Tazer
  • Specialized Levo

The Winner – Specialized Levo

Specialized, happy to be putting electric smiles on your faces.

Best Online Service

The Finalists

  • Bird Cycles
  • Keeper of The Peak
  • Sixth Element

The Winner – Bird Cycles

Ben says ‘good customer service is easy’. Maybe he should give out lessons.

Best Bike Shop

The Finalists

  • 18 Bikes – Hope
  • Cycle Factory – Todmorden
  • Spokes – Newcastle Under Lyme

The Winner – 18 Bikes – Hope

Local bike shops feeling the love

Best MTB Personality

The Finalists

  • Ben Cathro
  • Sam Pilgrim
  • Veronique Sandler

The Winner – Ben Cathro

Best Published Image

The Finalists

  • Ale Di Lullo – Singletrack Issue 123 Cover
  • Ryan Creary – Singletrack Issue 122 Cover
  • Saskia Dugon – Fort William, Behind The Scenes – Issue 126

The Winner – Saskia Dugon

Best Author

The Finalists

  • Antony de Heveningham
  • Jason Miles
  • KeepOnRollin

The Winner – Jason Miles

Smiling, pretending there’s no vicious rivalry

Best Event

The Finalists

  • Hopetech Women’s Enduro
  • Mountain Mayhem
  • MTB Meet Up

The Winner – Hopetech Women’s Enduro

It’s a tough life event organising. To these guys we are very grateful.

MTB Legend

This award is the only one not put to a public vote and is instead selected by the Editorial Team at Singletrack. This year, we’re honouring Nick Craig. Olympian, long term contributor to the UK’s MTB scene, and commonly known as the nicest man in mountain biking.

Previous winners of the Singletrack Legend award have included Martyn Ashton, the late Mike Hall, and event guru Patrick Adams. For 2019, there could be no other choice but to give the award to Nick Craig, for all that he has done, for all he has been through – both inspirational and heart-breaking – and for the constant love and enthusiasm he brings to mountain biking.

The Winner – Nick Craig

Nick was a bit lost for words
But pleased with his plant

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.

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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks 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.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (1)

    Oh dear Jason’s done you Anthony. 🙂

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