It’s not often that New Zealand’s top cyclists get the chance to trade their lycra for suits and their cleats for heels. The inaugural BikeNZ Road and Track Rider of the Year Awards saw New Zealand’s top cyclists and members of the cycling community come together in a celebration of the sport.
Over 170 people streamed into the Armstrong-Prestige Mercedes Benz Showroom, glassed filled by Jackson Estate, Jon Bridges his usual entertaining self as BikeNZ took the opportunity to honour and celebrate those athletes who are the reason that cycling is receiving an unprecedented amount of media coverage, investment and profile in New Zealand.
The most anticipated award of the evening was the RaboDirect People’s Choice Award. The public nominated and voted for their favourite New Zealand rider. The previously self-proclaimed “people’s champion” Gordon McCauley was formally awarded the title with the major share of votes. Gordy is loved by the people for “the Commonwealth Games road race where he sacrificed his chance in the Time Trial for his country. That’s unheard of in sports nowadays. He’s a Kiwi legend.”
2010 Male Track Rider of the Year: Jesse Sergent
(Other finalists: Eddie Dawkins and Tom Scully)
2010 Female Track Rider of the Year: Alison Shanks
(Other finalists: Lauren Ellis and Rushlee Buchanan)
2010 Male Road Rider of the Year: Julian Dean
(Other finalists: Hayden Roulston and Greg Henderson)
2010 Female Road Rider of the Year: Linda Villumsen
(Other finalists: Cath Cheatley and Jo Kiesanowski)
2010 Emerging Talent: Sam Webster
(Other finalists: George Bennett and Stephanie McKenzie)
RaboDirect People’s Choice Award: Gordon McCauley
(Other finalists: Jack Bauer, George Bennett, Hayden Roulston and Julian Dean)