If you notice that BikeRadar seems particularly cheerful today (with the possible exception of 11spd, written by our resident Mr Grumpys), it's because we're delighted to announce we took home the coveted Website of the Year prize at the Cycling Media Awards, organised by BikeBiz.com.
The second annual Cycling Media Awards took place on Thursday 12 November in fashionable Islington, London. The cream of British cycling journalism came to mingle and drink… oh yes and to discover who'd won what prize. A whopping 16 categories included Website of the Year, Magazine of the Year, Specialist Writer and Cycling Advocate.
Presenting the awards were cycling presenter, author, journalist and women's cycling ambassador Rebecca Charlton, and cycling speaker and commentator Anthony McCrossan.
The winner in each category was selected from a list of finalists by a panel of 100 industry judges, with the exception of three categories. The Photographer of the Year and Writer of the Year categories were judged by an expert from outside the cycling world based on a submitted piece of work.
BikeRadar was up against some stiff competition in the Website of the Year category, with fellow finalists including Cycling News, Cycling Weekly, PinkBike, Road.cc, Singletrack World, Sportive.com and Total Women's Cycling.
Presenters Rebecca Charlton and Anthony McCrossan
On the night, we emerged triumphant – our award was collected with an acceptance speech that was by all accounts hilarious, and maybe just a little sweary. We'll put that down to the generous refreshments.
BikeRadar's global editor Will Findlater said: "I'm tremendously proud of our win. The team have worked tirelessly to make BikeRadar the best website for cycling enthusiasts in the world, and it's great to see that recognised. With huge new features and campaigns coming next year, this is just the start."
Although overall an upbeat and celebratory evening, there were tinges of sadness. Jenn Hill, deputy editor of Singletrack magazine who recently passed away, was posthumously awarded the Steve Worland Award for specialist writer, which was collected by her husband. Jenn was an exceptional, talented woman and will be sorely missed within the world of cycling. BikeRadar wishes to pass on their condolences to her husband, her colleagues at Singletrack and all who knew and loved her.
The full list of categories and category winners are as follows:
- Magazine of the Year – Rouleur
- Website of the Year – BikeRadar (hooray!)
- Best use of photography – Cyclist
- The Steve Worland Award for specialist writer (Print) – Jenn Hill, Singletrack
- Specialist Writer (online) – Steve Jones, Dirt
- Best coverage by a newspaper – The Guardian
- Best coverage by a mainstream magazine – Women's Fitness
- Best coverage by a mainstream website – Eurosport
- Best broadcast coverage – Red Bull
- Best cycling podcast – The Telegraph’s Cycling Podcast
- Best vlogger/best use of video – Global Cycling Network
- Cycling advocate of the year – Chris Boardman for British Cycling
- Blogger of the Year – Danny Williams, Cyclist in the City
- Photographer of the year – Marshall Kappel, Rouleur
- Writer of the year – Jo Burt, road.cc
- Cycling legend – Chipps Chippendale, Singletrack
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