Thanks to all of you who submitted nominations to this year’s Singletrack Reader Awards, sponsored by Kona Bicycles. It’s been heartwarming to read all the nominations for all the projects and people who have made your mountain bike world a bit better this year, and it’s been fantastic to receive so many nominations and stories.
This year we had a whole new set of categories for you to nominate to, and it feels to us like you like the shift of emphasis from tech to people. Thanks to Kona Bicycles for joining us for the ride, and to their man Scott Belshaw for joining us on the podcasts and discussions in whittling down the many nominees to this list of finalists.
Voting will open on 18th October. We’re revealing all the finalists today, so you can send them your love and help them enjoy the glory of making it this far. Over the next few days you’ll be able to read a selection of stories and listen to podcasts with some of the finalists. Hopefully you enjoy these and come to appreciate why we’ve picked these people and projects as your finalists as much as we’ve enjoyed learning about their many contributions to our mountain biking world. And then, it’ll be time for you to vote. The overall winners are down to you, so make sure you have your free Singletrack login at the ready so you can access the voting page.
And now, drumroll, without further ado, your finalists are:
Best UK Trail Stewardship Initiative
Dean Trail Volunteers
Tame Valley Mountain Bike Association
Tweed Valley Trails
Best UK Environmental Initiative
Lakes Litter Tribe
Trash Free Trails
Best UK Community Initiative
School of Rocks
Ride Sheffield – Be Nice Say Hi
Best Brand Initiative
Santa Cruz – Paydirt
Specialized – Soil Search
Trek – All In
Best Use of Lockdown
Rob Belsom – The STW Zwift guy
TiRED – The STW Covid guy, aka Daren Austin OBE
Best STW image
135 Cover – Pete Scullion’s selfie
136 Cover – Birthday illustration by Isaac Orloff
139 Cover – Pete Scullion’s yellow mountains
Best STW Article
Wrongpacking, by Amanda
Kiwi Beervet, by Tony Hutcheson
Be Nice Say Hi Ask Why, by Hannah
Most Outstanding Human
We hope you agree that’s a deserving collection of people and projects. Come learn a little more about them over the next few days, and then give your favourites your vote. It’s all down to you who wins!
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