The Cycling Ireland Awards Evening saw members of the cycling community recognised in 13 categories, both participants and volunteers, across the various cycling disciplines.
Bennett notched up 13 wins this season including on stage 3 and stage 14 of the Vuelta a España. His stage 3 victory was enough to see the Carrick-On-Suir rider claim the green jersey while compatriot Nicolas Roche wore the leader’s red jersey.
Among the recipients of the Special Achievement Awards was Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal. The paracycling duo claimed their fifth World Title, with Gold in the time trial at the Road World Championships and added a Silver medal in the Road Race. Their attention now firmly focused on adding to their impressive medal haul at Tokyo 2020.
The Leisure Event of the Year went to the Reservoir Dog Sportive, a 125KM ride through Wicklow starting and finishing at Russborough House, alongside its 65KM Reservoir Pup ride. Members of the Reservoir Cogs cycling club were on hand with their shades to pick up their award, pictured above.
Lara Gillespie of Scott Orwell Wheelers was another rider to receive a Special Achievement Award and was named Female Rider of the Year. Gillespie won Bronze at the Junior Track World Championships and three Silver medals at the Junior Track European Championships.
Phil Skelton won the award for outstanding Services to Cycling having been instrumental in the introduction of new ‘dangerous overtaking of a cyclist’ legislation and in making roads safer for cyclists.
In the coming weeks, Cycling Ireland will publish its new strategic plan and we will bring you all the detail from that along with an interview with CEO Matt McKerrow.
Image credit: Bryan Keane, Inpho.ie