Geraint Thomas has won the 2015 Welsh Elite Cyclist of the Year award after his success this season, which included a memorable victory in E3 Harelbeke, overall victory in the Volta ao Algarve and his key role in helping Chris Froome to a second Tour de France victory.
Thomas’s personal performance in the 2015 Tour – where he was in fifth place overall until the final few days of the race – has marked him out as a future Grand Tour contender in his own right.
There is no denying that Thomas was Wales’s top performing rider of the year, and he goes into next season with a fresh set of targets in stage races.
Great Britain team pursuiters Ciara Horne, Amy Roberts and Elinor Barker were among those also honoured at the ceremony.
The Welsh trio were handed the Outstanding Performance of the Year award after they helped GB claim gold at the Track World Cup in Mexico last November alongside Laura Trott.
“We didn’t expect to win this at all,” commented Horne. “It was really good to be able to ride together in Guadalajara and to come back with a gold medal. It’s great to be recognised by Welsh Cycling and the support over the years to get us to this level has been amazing, from both British Cycling and Welsh Cycling.”
The annual Welsh Cycling Awards not only recognise the achievements of riders, but also those that work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that cycling runs smoothly.
2015 Welsh Cycling Awards winners
Elite Cyclist of the Year sponsored by SD Sealants
Geraint Thomas MBE, Team Sky (Cardiff)
Outstanding Performance of the Year sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University
Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne and Amy Roberts
Race Organiser of the Year
Abergavenny Road Club for the British Cycling National Cyclo Cross Championships (Monmouthshire)
Volunteer of the Year
Mary Trenfield and Christine Smith, Breeze Newport (Newport)
Race Official of the Year
Richard Hopkins, Cwmcarn Paragon (Cardiff)
Go Ride Club of the Year
Towy Riders (Carmarthenshire)
Club Cyclist of the Year sponsored by Tredz Bikes
Paul Rees, Bynea Cycling Club (Carmarthenshire)
Watch: Geraint Thomas – where it all began
Coach of the Year
Garrie Tillett (Newport)
Club of the Year sponsored by Kilsby and Williams
Abergavenny Road Club (Monmouthshire)
Colin Thornton Memorial Award for Welsh Junior Performance
Ffion James, Abergavenny Road Club (Monmouthshire)
Lifetime Contribution to Cycling in Wales sponsored by USN
John Lloyd MBE John Lloyd Racing Events Ltd (Builth Wells)