posted 20 Jan 2016, 01:51 by Lara Taylor
updated 23 Jan 2016, 12:58
Thanks to all the 70 members and partners who made it to Bel & the Dragon in Godalming on Monday for our annual club dinner. It was just great to get so many people together in one place and not an orange stripe in sight! Thanks to Bel for hosting us for the evening and especially to Matt Hurst for organising the event.
Our own Oscars ceremony paid homage to the following club members for their outstanding efforts and contributions:
- Most Improved Rider to Sara Horner for the journey she's been on in the last 15 months from complete novice to great cyclist and cycling addict. My job here is done!
- Competitive Rider of the Year to Will Ranoe for his incredible commitment to racing, both his own and encouragement of everyone else's. Good luck to him in his sponsored role for 2016 with HRO Maserati.
- Rider of the Year to Jackie Fieldus for going from, as one lady put it, "zero to hero" in the space of 9 months, culminating in the 8-day Tour de Frimley. Unstoppable.
- Grand Tour Award to Adam Coomber for riding 1000 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats in 2015, through horrendous conditions, and raising a whopping £3k in the process.
- Best Dressed Rider inevitably to Antonio Silano for taking VCGH branding to a whole new level with a beautiful respray of his winter bike in orange and blue.
- Comedy Moment to Ali Walters for taking time-trail shortcuts, dodgy disc-brake adjustment, but mostly for her ability to make all the ladies constantly laugh.
- Loads of people were deserving of our Exceptional Contribution Award: Peter Davies, Linda Hoy, Nathan, Lee Kemp and Marco all received a mention for their continued commitment to the club. The award went to Chris Parker for stepping up to help Will with the racing section of the club in 2016, and for getting our own club kit onto virtual training world Zwift.
- Clubman of the Year to Chris Mott for not only improving his riding to an impressive level this year, but being considerate, generous and without ego to boot.
Ali Walters then stood up to give a hilarious and very touching tribute to me for the work I've done with the ladies in 2015 which was fab. It's easy when you're working with such good raw material though!
Well done to all the award winners and to everyone else for their efforts over the year. If you've got any particular feedback about the night or the venue, please email Matt Hurst
as it'll help us with our decision-making for next year's event.