Most Outstanding Human – The Finalists

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We’re revealing the Finalists in each of the Singletrack Reader Awards 2021 categories. Thanks to all of you for your nominations, and to our awards sponsors, Kona Bicycles. Here’s who made the cut for the Most Outstanding Human.

Whose work has really changed your point of view? Who always seems to be busy doing something else for the good of someone else? Who would you like to take 5 minutes out of their days of giving to others to give a pat on the back?

Aneela McKenna

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We’re not sure when she sleeps or eats because Aneela’s palmares is so long it seems more than enough for a lifetime. She’s the Scottish Parliament’s Equality Officer, a mountain bike guide, Juliana ambassador, co-founder of the FNY Collective (a not for profit organisation empowering women on bicycles), Board Member of MissAdventures (a collective formed to increase participation of young girls into mountain biking), she runs Mountain Lassies Women’s Camps (women’s MTB trips by women for women), founder of the Mòr Diversity widening participation in cycling programme, Board Member of Tweed Valley Trails Associationand Co-Chair of British Cycling’s new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. You probably need to pause for a breath now, and perhaps you’d like Aneela to take a moment and enjoy a moment of recognition for a life filled with giving people from all walks of life a chance to enjoy mountain biking.

Lachlan Morton

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The cool as a cucumber Australian has taken an interesting approach to professional cycling of late and mixing up his World Tour calendar with ‘alternative’ events. If you haven’t seen any of his somewhat inspirational achievements on the internet we urge you to take a look. From the Unbound 200 gravel race to GBDuro’s alternative Land End to John o’ Groats route with the Three Peaks Cyclocross in between; you’ll soon find yourself inspired to get out there and take up a challenge. Earlier this year Lachlan pedalled the entire Tour De France route, including all the transitions, to raise more than £500,000 for World Bicycle Relief – and due to a knee injury, he did a fair chunk of it in flip flops.

Rosie Holdsworth

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Hope Ambassador, Trash Free Trails Ambassador, and National Trust employee, Rosie spends much of her life outdoors. A keen fell runner, she’s not exclusively to be found on two wheels, but she is exclusively effusive in her love of all things wildlife. Piles of poo, animal remains and indistinct small brown birds all take on hues of wonder and delight under her gaze and enthusiastic explanation. Her passion for protecting the countryside we ride in leads her to womble her way around every ride picking up discarded rubbish, and even saw her on the ground fighting moorland fires, trying to save the restoration work she’s been working so hard to deliver. Physical toil and intellectual passion drive her on, and it’s impossible not to get caught up and follow this bog trotter as she delights in something you thought was just mud. An encounter with Rosie is certain to set you off seeing the world around you from a new perspective.

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It’s all down to you, the public, to decide who wins each category – there’s no funny business or back room cheques. So enjoy our coverage of the finalists, and be sure to vote for your favourites. Voting will open on 18th October, and close on 1st November.

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Hannah Dobson

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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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