British Cycling President Brian Cookson says that “nominations have been flooding in” for the initial 50 inductees to its new Hall of Fame, with more than 250 candidates so far put forward by members of the public.
The scale of the response means that the panel tasked with coming up with the first 50 members of the Hall of Fame, which seeks to recognise people for the contribution they have made to cycling in this country, may face some difficult decisions when it meets in Manchester next week.
Besides Cookson, the panel comprises British Cycling Executive Director Peter King, World and Olympic Champion Victoria Pendleton, Guardian Cycling Correspondent William Fotheringham, BBC commentator Hugh Porter and Cycling Weekly Editor Robert Garbutt.
British Cycling said that those nominated included volunteers and coaches as well as leading athletes, and said that ‘The panel will recognise those who have made the biggest contribution to the sport, whether it is through a sporting achievement, a significant personal contribution or their role in progressing the sport to a new level.”
If you haven’t made a nomination yet, now is your last chance to do so. Nominations close this Friday 27 December, and can be made by emailing fame [at] britishcycling.org.uk.
Cookson said: “We are delighted that the Hall of Fame has captured the imagination of the British cycling community. Cycling is blessed with so many talented, committed and remarkable people, many of whom deserve a place in the Hall of Fame, so there’s no doubt a lively debate will ensue within our panel next week.”
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