British champions of cycling celebrated during British Cycling Awards dinner in Birmingham
Birmingham was the place to be on Saturday night when another phenomenally successful season was celebrated at the British Cycling Awards dinner.
The Hilton Metropole hotel was packed with more than 400 guests, who applauded the champions from every aspect of our sport in a three-hour ceremony thankfully interspersed with plenty of eating and drinking.
Highlight of the evening was the induction of Victoria Pendleton, Rob Hayles, Roger Hammond, Sir Chris Hoy, Nicole Cooke, Brian Cookson and Norman Shiel into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.
Pendleton, Hayles and Hammond were there in person, while former BC president and newly appointed UCI boss, Mr Cookson was seen on the big screen giving his pre-recorded speech after being called away to the Winter Olympics.
After surviving her illustrious career without a single broken bone, Ms Pendleton spent the evening explaining how she had broken her arm in a running accident after tripping over her dogs! Meanwhile, Hammond and Hayles told tales of a more sedate lifestyle since retirement, although both admitted they had started riding again to restore some fitness.
I’m not normally a fan of awards dos but the 11pm curfew came all too soon and we were soon ejected to the hotel bar to mingle with the deerstalker-wearing delegates from the Sherlock Holmes convention next door.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly