For the first time in history USA Cycling is partnering with the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame to award USA Cycling Athletes of the Year, with Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./Trek-Livestrong) and Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12) earning the inaugural honors. The awards recognize the season’s top male and female cyclists who have participated in USA Cycling’s National Development Programs and will be presented in conjunction with the 2010 U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 30, in Davis, Calf.
“USA Cycling is proud to partner with the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame to recognize the outstanding achievements of developing athletes in Olympic cycling disciplines,” stated USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “It is an honor to recognize these two athletes whose achievements have helped illustrate our continued commitment to develop the future of American cycling.”
The USA Cycling Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards highlight the season’s top cyclists in either Road, Track, BMX or Mountain Bike competition. The winners are chosen amongst more than 250 young athletes who have participated in USA Cycling National Development Program activities during the past year. Awards are based on both the outstanding achievements and competitive results achieved by the recipients.
Congratulations to the honorees:
2010 USA Cycling Male Athlete of the Year: Taylor Phinney
At just 20 years of age, Taylor Phinney’s trophy case is already filled with national and world championship medals. While still in his teens, Phinney started 2010 off with a pair of world championship medals on the track, including a world title in the individual pursuit. After winning several major international Under 23 events on the road, Phinney went on to compete as a pro and to win the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial National Championship in September. Later that same month, Phinney won the 2010 UCI U23 Time Trial World Championship and a few days later he became the first American to win a medal in the U23 World Championship Road Race, earning a bronze.
2010 USA Cycling Female Athlete of the Year: Mara Abbott
It didn’t take long for Mara Abbott to transition from one of the top female collegiate cyclists in the U.S. to one of the best in the world. Earlier this year Abbott claimed her second elite road race national title, beating out a stacked field of talented American women at 25 years of age. This past July, while riding for the USA Cycling National Development Program, Abbott became the first American to win Italy’s Giro Donne – a race considered to be one of the most difficult women’s events in the world.
Phinney and Abbott will receive their awards in conjunction with the induction of four legendary members of the cycling world into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. The public is encouraged to attend the October 30th Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the campus of the University of California-Davis. The ceremony will include a dinner reception with high-profile attendees and the opportunity to meet and greet all of the honorees. For more information please visit: www.usbhof.org.
The recognition of the future of American cycling in conjunction with the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame inductees marks a new era for both USA Cycling and the Hall of Fame as the organizations work together to grow the sport of cycling and produce consistent results on the International level.