November 22, 2015 – More than 120 people turned out to the annual Cycling Celebration dinner on Nov. 20 to raise money for local athletes and celebrate members of the community. The evening raised more than $3,000 for the National Capital Region Cycling bursary, which awarded $5,000 to area cyclists this year. The bursary has now given out more than $45,000 since 2000.
Among the highlights of the evening were in interview with Mike Woods, who will be racing in 2016 for the Cannondale-Garmin team on the WorldTour, and the silent auction. The organizers would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came to the dinner or offered their support.
Here are this year’s award and bursary winners:
Linda Jackson Female Cyclist of the Year:
Over the course of the 2015 season Katherine Maine won a dozen road and track events and represented Canada at both the junior track world championships and the junior road world championships, finishing 13th in the road race. Among her season highlights were victory in the elite women’s Criterium National de Montreal, and a four golds at the Canadian Track Championships. For 2016 she will be racing for the Optum Pro Cycling UCI team.
Gord Fraser Male Cyclist of the Year:
2015 was a breakout year for Matteo. Riding for Team Silber Pro Cycling, he won the UCI Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay after a bold solo attack in the final kilometres of the opening stage. His strong season also included third place in a stage of the Tour de Beauce and top 10s in both the Tour of Alberta and the Tour of the Gila.
Coach Achievement Award:
Don Moxley has been coaching Ottawa cyclists and nordic skiers for over 30 years. Even by his own high standards 2015 was a vintage year with no less than three OBC juniors representing Canada at four World Championships and winning multiple national titles. While he is hanging up his stop watch and black vest next year, Don will continue to help his current riders prepare for junior trials. Don has set the bar against which Ottawa development coaches will be measured.
Peter Tyler Builder of the Year Award:
Alan Large Organizer Achievement Award:
Mark Hiscocks (in right of photo) is a regular on the Ottawa cycling scene, fitting in riding when he can between his career in technology and his family role as a husband and father. Cycling is a family affair for Mark, as he caught the cycling bug from his father who introduced him to the OBC time trials at 12 years old. With the support of his wife Amy, these days he can be seen coaching their kids Adelyn and Lucas, at the Eastern Ontario ‘Cross series after he wraps up his own race. He attributes his growing participation in the Ottawa cycling scene to the welcoming encouragement of the Ottawa Cycling Community. He epitomizes the Nine2FivePro mantra: finding that balance between real life and life on two wheels.
National Capital Region Cycling Bursary winners:
Left to right: Ariane Bonhomme; Derek Gee; Katherine Maine
This year’s bursary award winners are:
Ariane Bonhomme: Member of the national Team Pursuit development squad and The Cyclery-Opus team, she is aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. $1,000 courtesy MEC.
Derek Gee: Stood on the podium a dozen times in 2015, including gold in the national and provincial junior time trial championships. Will transition to the elite ranks in 2016. $2,000 courtesy the Ride With Rendall Gatineau Park Challenge and the Seenite Criterium Series.
Katherine Maine: Also a junior in 2015, she has signed for the Optum Pro Cycling professional team in 2016, a remarkable jump for this up-and-coming rider. $2,000 courtesy the Ontario Cycling Association and the Cyclery Tour de France Pool.
You can find a photo album from the evening here.
Good luck to all of our winners, and we’re looking forward to next year’s Cycling Celebration!