No Wiggo, so surely Cav will get the cycling vote for SPoTY

Jenson Button rides a bike, but Cycling Plus will be voting Manx...

Look, I'll come clean here. I don't actually care a great deal about the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards. It jumped the shark for me when Adrian Chiles asked the now legendary question of Nicole Cooke: "Do you fall off a lot?" That said, I don't care a great deal about The X-Factor yet, for some reason, I know that Jedward are out but live in constant fear that one day I'll hear them on the radio and find myself tapping along...oh and that Olly seems to have his hair on sideways.

Anyway, I guess my point – if I have a point – is that SPoTY and The X-Factor are kind of pointless but kind of entertaining – like Top Gear, I'm a Celebrity and BBC Parliament channel. And if Zara Phillips and Chris Hoy can win and promote so-called minority sports where people ride things, then come December 13 I'll be voting for Mark. It's a shame that Brad Wiggins didn't make the cut too, but two cyclists in the top 10 might have split the vote.

And while I might think the awards are kind-of-pointless the winners don't. In his autobiography Sir Chris Hoy says: "It was, as I think I mentioned in my speech about 18 times – incredible." So go on, make Mark happy on December 13.

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Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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