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

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Your opinion counts, so click on the poll below to record your Newcomer of the Year vote.

The winner will be revealed at an exclusive ceremony with Lezyne and acclaimed 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 in the poll below before 13 October 2023!

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Cycling Plus Newcomer of the Year

Illi Gardner, 1st Championnats d'Europe

Monica Greenwood, 1st Sheffield GP

Finlay Hawker, Fred Whitton winner

Niamh Murphy, Rising cyclo-cross star

Imogen Wolff, National CX Champ (jnr)


Want to vote for the Rider of the Year award? There’s a separate page for that.

THE SHORTLIST

Here are the five Newcomer of the Year contenders…

Illi Gardner

LINCOLN, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Illi Gardner of Cams-Basso reaches the top of Michaelgate hill during the Women's HSBC UK National Road Championships on October 17, 2021 in Lincoln, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Illi Gardner of Cams-Basso reaches the top of Michaelgate hill during the Women's HSBC UK National Road Championships on October 17, 2021 in Lincoln, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

In 2022 Illi was the UK’s national hill climb champion. She followed this in 2023 by winning the first edition of the Championnats d’Europe des Grimpeurs, which took place in Switzerland on the legendary 12,780 metre climb from Airolo to the 2,091m-high Gotthard Pass.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illi_Gardner

Monica Greenwood

Picture by Olly Hassell/SWpix.com - 19/07/2023 - Cycling - British Cycling National Circuit Series 2023 - McLaren Automotive Women’s Sheffield Grand Prix - Monica Greenwood of DAS - Handsling Bikes wins
Picture by Olly Hassell/SWpix.com - 19/07/2023 - Cycling - British Cycling National Circuit Series 2023 - McLaren Automotive Women’s Sheffield Grand Prix - Monica Greenwood of DAS - Handsling Bikes wins

Monica has thrown herself into racing after coaching other riders at the highest level for years. As an older rider, Monica has made an impact in 2023 domestically and in Europe with DAS-Handsling team. Winning the Sheffield GP and having top 10 finishes consistently in the National Series Monica's form has been impressive this year.
https://www.boscoverdecoaching.com/about-4

Finlay Hawker

Finlay Hawker

The Fred Whitton Challenge’s course record was shattered by 17-year-old Finlay Hawker (Zappi Junior Racing Team) in May. He completed the legendary 112-mile/180km Lake District route in an astonishing 5 hours, 26 minutes and 3 seconds.

https://www.wheelbase.co.uk/blog/wheelbase-fred-whitton-challenge-2023-event-report/

Niamh Murphy

Picture by John Clifton/SWpix.com - 29/05/2022 - Cycling - British National Junior Road Race Championships - Terrington, Yorkshire, England - Niamh Murphy Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films at the front of the case group
Picture by John Clifton/SWpix.com - 29/05/2022 - Cycling - British National Junior Road Race Championships - Terrington, Yorkshire, England -
Niamh Murphy Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films at the front of the case group

Junior rider Niamh Murphy (Liv Cycling Club - Halo Films) gets my vote for consistency and application to the learning process. She's raced domestically, in France and Belgium this year, sucking up lots of experiences, including the highs and the lows. Niamh is a superb cyclocross rider as well as road rider and certainly one to watch out for in the future.
https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/points?person_id=343409&d=4&year=2023

Imogen Wolff

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 04/02/2023 - Cycling - 2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Hoogerheide, Netherlands - Junior Women’s Race - Imogen Wolff of Great Britain.
Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 04/02/2023 - Cycling - 2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Hoogerheide, Netherlands - Junior Women’s Race - Imogen Wolff of Great Britain.

Imogen is the UK’s 2023 women’s National Cyclocross Champion in the junior category, while the 17-year-old also finished in the top 30 at the World Cyclocross Championships.

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https://cyclocross24.com/rider/imogen-wolff/

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