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Updated 30 April 2024


Image shows Alex receiving the Prize from Sheila Hardy.

Alex Dowsett was the recipient of the Bidlake Memorial Prize in 2021. Due to his professional cycling commitments this was the first occasion that it could be presented to him.

David Barry, Secretary of the F T Bidlake Memorial Trust read out Alex's citation to the assembled audience at the National Championships, also giving a brief history of the Trust. Upon receiving the Prize from Sheila Hardy, the Prize recipient for 2023, Alex commented that "It is a great honour to receive this Award, and I am indebted to the Trust for acknowledging the work, and which I continue to carry out for my charity "Little Bleeders", to a great round of applause.

Alex's charity is supported by The Haemophilia Society, the only UK-wide charity for all those affected by a genetic bleeding disorder. 

In attendance at the Road Bike Championships were former recipients, Michael Hutchinson (2005), and Lynne Biddulph (nee Taylor), awarded the Bidlake Special Prize in 2020).


Ed Clancy OBE, Sheila Hardy, and David Barry

The presentation of the 2023 Bidlake Memorial Prize, awarded to Sheila Hardy, was made at the Yorkshire Cycling Federation Luncheon held on Sunday 25 February 2024.

"Had an amazing day today. A few weeks ago I heard that I had been nominated to receive the 2023 Bidlake Memorial Prize, and as is custom and practice for this unique honour, I was invited to confirm my acceptance prior to the award taking place. Obviously I was extremely honoured, surprised and shaken by this nomination.

I had no idea when it would be presented as it’s usually a surprise and today, I was really surprised to receive the Bidlake Prize from multi Olympic and World Track Champion, Ed Clancy OBE, who was the guest of honour at Yorkshire Cycling Federation, Annual Lunch & Prize Presentation, supported in this task by David Barry who is The FT Bidlake Memorial Trust Secretary. An absolute surprise for sure and I am very proud and humbled to join the elite group of people, from many areas of the cycling world, who have received it in past years.

Thanks to Ed for his kind words and the congratulations from many of those present at the lunch. And of course thanks to members of the Trust for this honour."

Sad to report that Eileen Sheridan passed away on 12 February, 2023 aged 99.

Eileen was awarded the Bidlake Memorial Prize in 1950 for: 
“For creating a new high standard in women’s cycle racing with an outstanding series of three Championships and five record performances on the road in 1950”. 13-02-23

Cherie Pridham was presented with her 2022 Award at the Derby Velodrome. Cherie was delighted to receive the Plaque in her home City of Derby. (Cherie with David Barry and Sheila Hardy (Bidlake Trust)).

Jonathan Shubert received his 2020 Award at the CTT Champions Lunch, with David Barry and Sheila Hardy. Jonathan regaled those present with his remarkable exploits when he became the first cyclist to complete 100 miles in under three hours!

Lynne Biddulph (nee Taylor) was presented with a “Bidlake Special Award”. The citation read: "For remarkably setting RRA “Land’s End to John O’Groats” solo records during both 2001 and 2002 and continuing on in 2002 to also take the 1,000 – mile record”.

The image shows Sheila Hardy, Lynne, and David Barry, with the actual machines rode in her attempt, on display at her shop, Bridgtown Cycles, in Cannock, UK.

January 2016

Phil Liggett M.B.E.  awarded 2015 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize for a lifetime of services to cycling.

December 2014

Matt Bottrill awarded 2014 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize
The prestigious 2014 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize has been awarded to British cyclist Matt Bottrill in recognition of his outstanding time-trial achievements throughout the year.

Coalville-based Bottrill won the National 10, 25 and 50 Mile Championships, claimed the RTTC Circuit Championship and National Time Trial Series, was crowned Champion of Champions and broke three competition records over the course of the season.

“I'm blown away by being awarded this, it's a massive honour,” said Bottrill. "It was really unexpected. A lot of people have done a lot of good results this year."

"I'm over the moon because of what it means," Bottrill added. "You look down the list of past winners and everyone who is anyone has received this award: Reg Harris, Chris Boardman and, more recently Brailsford, Cavendish and Wiggins."

The Bidlake Memorial Prize is one of the oldest awards in British cycle sport. It was established in memory of Frederick Thomas Bidlake, the man generally considered to be the father of time-trialling. It is awarded to the most outstanding performance or contribution to the betterment of cycling in all spheres.

38-year-old Bottrill, who combines top-level time-trialling with his day job as a postman, has been a fixture of the British scene for many years, regularly finishing on the podium in past seasons before becoming the dominant tester in 2014.

"It's been a dream year; if I'd mapped it out, it couldn't have gone any better," Bottrill said. "I had to train really hard for all these races, but it's all gone so fluidly."

"I'd worked a long time for a lot of it. Winning the National 25 was probably one of the best days of my career. It's been 18 years in coming, it was massive to finally take that."

Bidlake Memorial Trust Chairman Andy Cook said: “Matt epitomises the true spirit of the very particular branch of UK time trialling. This is richly deserved for a true all rounder who displays many of the values adopted by FT Bidlake and maintains the strong traditions of domestic time-trialling."

Bottrill’s award reads: “Awarded to Matthew Bottrill who won the Men's National Championships at 10, 25 and 50 miles, the RTTC Circuit Championship, breaking three competition records and being crowned Champion of Champions."

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