Sir Chris Hoy, the four times Olympic Gold medallist, will be one of the high-profile guests at British Cycling's 50th Anniversary and Annual Awards ceremony in Manchester next month (February 20). The venue is Manchester's Central Convention Centre.
Others include Dave Brailsford CBE; the mastermind behind cycling's Olympic successes and the brains behind Team Sky and Steve Peat, the Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion. Many other top sporting figures plus corporate partners will also attend the event hosted by Sky's leading presenter, Dermot Murnaghan.
"The event will celebrate everything that is great about cycling, paying tribute to a number of Britain's World and Olympic champions as well as thousands of volunteers and administrators that make the sport happen. The night will also be an opportunity to reflect on historic cycling landmarks while looking ahead to more paroled success in the future," says a BC spokesman.
The evening will culminate with 50 "Cycling Heroes" inducted in British Cycling's Hall of Fame, including the former world and Olympic champion Chris Boardman MBE, Tom Simpson Britain's first world pro road champion, plus amateur world champions Graham Webb and Beryl Burton. These men and women have been selected for their exceptional contribution to the sport over the past five decades.
British Cycling President, Brian Cookson OBE, said: "We are really looking forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary in Manchester as it is the home of British Cycling. The event will bring together some of the biggest names in our sport in a premier setting fit for the occasion."
To book a place at the awards and gala dinner, email: email@example.com. Tickets are priced £120 + VAT per person and just £75 + VAT for British Cycling members and can be purchased through clubs. You can book a table for 10. For more information please visit www.britishcycling.org.uk.
- Historical note: Manchester's Central Convention Centre is the former Cheshire Lines railway terminus, which opened in 1880. The station closed in 1969, and the building was granted Grade 2 listed status.
In 1978 it became one of the UK's first urban regeneration projects to reinvent an old building for modern use and it is now a major show and convention centre.
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