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London Cycling Campaign announces nominations for London Cycling Awards

road.cc gets a nod, among far better London bloggers

London Cycling Campaign (LCC) has announced the finalists in the Consumer category of its annual London Cycling Awards, and the shortlist of nominated websites includes, er, us. Gosh.

LCC members nominated potential winners in five award categories: Cycling Brand of the Year; Best Small Bike Retailer; Best Large / Online Bike Retailer; Cycling Champion of the Year; and Bike Blog of the Year.

There are two parts to the awards, the consumer section and the Project Awards, which recognise achievement within the cycling community for initiatives and individual efforts.

The public vote will determine the winners of the Consumer Awards, whilst the Project Awards are judged by an independent panel of experts.

Previous winners include Rapha, road.cc, The London Bike Kitchen and Heathrow Bike Hub.

Road.cc founder and editor Tony Farelly said: “It's a real honour to be nominated for an award by London Cycling Campaign members for the second year in a row, particularly in the company of so many excellent and well regarded London bloggers.”

Ashok Sinha, CEO of LCC, said: “Our members have compiled an excellent list of finalists for the Consumer Award categories this year, from new names like Bobbin Bicycles and London Green Cycles to a varied list of well-known blogs and champions.

“We think they’ll be some fantastic competition (and surprises), during the public online vote. When it comes to a winner, well, our guess is as good as yours.”

All the finalists are listed below. To vote, go to at www.lcc.org.uk/awards. Voting closes Tuesday 8th July.

The London Cycling Awards ceremony for both consumer and project categories takes place on Wednesday July 16 at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square.

London Cycling Awards nominations

Cycling Brand of the Year
Bobbin Bicycles
Brompton Bicycle
Look Mum No Hands!
Rapha
Vulpine
Sponsored by Osborne’s Solicitors LLP

Best Small Bike Retailer
Bikeworks
Brixton Cycles
London Green Cycles
Micycle
Pearson Cycles
Sponsored by PlantLock and Green Roof Bike Shelters

Best Large / Online Bike Retailer
Chain Reaction Cycles
Cycle Surgery
Evans Cycles
Halfords
Wiggle
Sponsored by London Cycling Projects

Cycling Champion of the Year
Andrew Gilligan
Chris Boardman MBE
Donnachadh McCarthy
Laura Trott OBE
Dr Rachel Aldred
Sponsored by Cycle Surgery

Bike Blog of the Year
Cyclists in the City
ibikelondon
London Cyclist
road.cc
Total Women's Cycling
Sponsored by Osborne’s Solicitors LLP

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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