By VeloNews Interactive
The Canadian Cyclist of the Year award for Best Newcomer has been renamed the Roger Sumner Award, in honor of long-time cycling mentor Roger Sumner, who passed away last December. The first recipient of award is Clare Hall-Patch, the junior woman who rode brilliantly to a bronze medal at the 2000 Road World Championships in Plouay, France.
Sumner was particularly active in the coaching, managing and of newcomers to the sport, so the editors of Canadian Cyclist believe that this award is best suited to his memory. This award will be not be voted upon as part of the magazine’s People’s Choice poll, but will be awarded by its editors.
In addition to the award, the recipient will receive $500 to assist them in their cycling development. Members of the cycling community who wish to contribute towards funding this award to contact Rob Jones, Canadian Cyclist editor, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.