A number of Olympic cyclists were named amongst the finalists for the 2012 BikeNZ Awards today, with the winners to be announced on December 12.
Panel members from each disciplines community, member organisation and BikeNZ have selected three nominees each for Male and Female Rider of the Year awards in each of Road, Track, BMX and Mountain Bike; based on the 2012 calendar year.
There are also three awards to be announced next week which are judged across all disciplines. They are Best Emerging Talent, Lifetime Achievement and arguably the most sought-after award of the year: The 2012 BikeNZ People’s Choice Award.
The BikeNZ People’s Choice Award is nominated and voted for solely by the New Zealand public and so is a direct reflection of the fans appreciation.
Rider of the Year finalists:
Road – Male: Jack Bauer (Tasman); Greg Henderson (Dunedin); Jesse Sergent (Manawatu).
Road – Female: Sophie Williamson (Central Otago); Emily Collins (Auckland); Linda Villumsen (Auckland).
Track – Male: Ethan Mitchell (Auckland); Simon van Velthooven (Manawatu); Westley Gough (Central Hawke’s Bay).
Track – Female: Jamie Nielsen (Hamilton); Joanne Kiesanowski (Christchurch); Alison Shanks (Dunedin).
BMX – Male: Marc Willers (Cambridge); Trent Jones (Christchurch); Rico Bearman (Waitakere).
BMX – Female: Tahlia Hansen (North Canterbury); Sarah Walker (Cambridge); Rebecca Petch (Te Awamutu).
MTB – Male: Brook MacDonald (Napier); Anton Cooper (North Canterbury); George Brannigan (Hawke’s Bay).
MTB – Female: Samara Sheppard (Wellington); Rosara Joseph (Christchurch); Karen Hanlen (Whakatane).