Tom Pidcock has been named Great Britain Cycling Team rider of the year following a sensational 2017 season that saw the 18-year-old from Yorkshire win two rainbow jerseys.
On Boxing Day, he rounded off a year that started with him winning the junior title at the cyclo-cross world championships by guaranteeing the overall victory at the 2017/18 cyclo-cross world cup with two rounds remaining.
British Cycling said that in being named rider of the year, Pidcock had received 28.72 per cent of the votes cast.
That was almost twice the percentage that secured by world and European omnium champion Katie Archibald, who was was second with 15.03 per cent, while junior downhill world champion Matt Walker third with 13.59 per cent.
Besides those successes in cyclo-cross that book-ended the year, Pidcock also secured some big wins on the road.
In April, he won Paris-Roubaix Juniors, becoming just the third British rider to do so after Geraint Thomas in 2004 and Andy Fenn in 2008.
His second world title of the year came in September In Bergen, when he won the junior time trial at the road world championships.
In the UK, he won a round of the Tour Series at Durham in May after being invited to race as a guest rider and then in Sheffield in July, when he was still aged 17, bested the country’s top criterium racers when he won the National Circuit Race Championship.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.