Your nominations are in and our expert panel have conferred. And now we can reveal the shortlisted riders for our inaugural Rider of the Year awards, brought to you by Lezyne.


These cyclists, unsung legends, content creators, activists and route planners are all worthy of huge admiration, but there can only be one winner in each of our categories. That means whittling the 15 cyclists here down to just three overall winners.

Your opinion counts, so head to the link below to vote in the Rider of the Year and Newcomer of the Year categories. The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be decided by our panel. May the most deserving win!

All three winners will be revealed at an exclusive ceremony with Lezyne and acclaimed (i.e. mightily tasty) local brewer Wiper and True at Cycling Plus Towers in November and in the January 2024 edition of the magazine.

So, let us know who you think should win by voting at the links below before 13 October 2023!

Rider of the Year: Vote here

Newcomer of the Year: Vote here


1 September: Shortlists revealed in Cycling Plus issue 410 – online voting opens here

13 October: Voting closes

16 November: Exclusive awards ceremony

24 November: Winners announced in Cycling Plus issue 413.


Rider of the Year Award

We’re looking for the cyclist who has made a significant impact in 2023, whether through competing at an amateur or semi-pro level, taking part in an event or adventure, leading a group or community, or any other contribution to the sport of cycling.

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Newcomer of the year Award

The same criteria apply, but we’re after someone who wasn’t a big name in 2022, and maybe still isn’t. They don’t necessarily have to be young or new to the sport, but they will have done something special in 2023 that deserves recognition.


Lifetime Achievement Award

This one’s pretty self-explanatory – the winner will be a veteran of the sport and someone who’s known as legendary for their club contributions, epic cycling efforts or work in the cycling community.