Christmas is just around the corner, and so it’s time to count down the Best British Riders of 2009.

From now until Christmas Eve we will reveal the riders from 30th to seventh. The top six will be revealed in the Cycling Weekly‘s final issue of the year, which will be in the shops on December 31.

Last year’s chart of the top 50 best British riders of the year was tremendously popular, partly because of the scale of success enjoyed at the Beijing Olympic Games.

This year there was no Olympics but there were some outstanding performances as the British riders continued to compete on the world stage, consistently challenging and beating the best.

Click on the advent calendar below to find out who is behind today’s door. For previous days click on the links below the calendar picture.

Cycling Weekly Advent Calendar 2009 start
Photo: Graham Watson

2009 riders revealed so far…
December 24: Number 7
December 23: Number 8
December 22: Number 9
December 21: Number 10
December 20: Number 11
December 19: Number 12
December 18: Number 13
December 17: Number 14
December 16: Number 15
December 15: Number 16
December 14: Number 17
December 13: Number 18
December 12: Number 19
December 11: Number 20
December 10: Number 21
December 9: Number 22
December 8: Number 23
December 7: Number 24
December 6: Number 25
December 5: Number 26
December 4: Number 27
December 3: Number 28
December 2: Number 29
December 1: Number 30

Last year’s list (2008):
1 Chris Hoy
2 Mark Cavendish
3 Nicole Cooke
4 Bradley Wiggins
5 Victoria Pendleton
6 Rebecca Romero
7 Darren Kenny
8 Jason Kenny
9 Russell Downing
10 Steve Cummings
11 Emma Pooley
12 Geraint Thomas
13 Ed Clancy
14 Jamie Staff
15 Shanaze Reade
16 Paul Manning
17 Sarah Storey
18 Ross Edgar
19 Wendy Hovenaghel
20 Chris Newton
21 Rob Hayles
22 Gee Atherton
23 Simon Richardson
24 Jo Rowsell
25 Ben Swift
26 Rachel Atherton
27 Steven Burke
28 Lizzie Armitstead
29 Sharon Laws
30 Andrew Fenn
31 Josh Bryceland
32 Peter Kennaugh
33 Liam Killeen
34 Jody Cundy
35 Ian Stannard
36 David Millar
37 Matt Crampton
38 Daniel Fleeman
39 Daniel Lloyd
40 Jessica Allen
41 Dean Downing
42 David Daniell
43 Anna Blyth
44 Steve Peat
45 Jess Varnish
46 Jonny Bellis
47 Michael Hutchinson
48 Luke Rowe
49 Chris Froome
50 Katie Colclough

Related links
The Top 50 Riders of 2008: the top ten
The Top 50 Riders of 2008: 11th-50th


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  • Jon

    Image map the doors and link them to the riders! Go on you know you want to.