Cyclist of the Year – An Award for Cyclists Who Go Above and Beyond: bike traveling blog that focuses on cyclists who have gone above and beyond.
I create articles about cyclists who are doing something extraordinary. This is a chance to share their story, promote their cause, and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
Do you know someone who is doing something amazing? Send me a message with their name, location and explanation of what they’re doing and I’ll consider them for an article.
Cyclist of the Year – An Award for Cyclists Who Go Above and Beyond
Our first annual award goes to John and Nancy Vogel. This year they cycled across the United States raising money for charity, pedaling more than 4,700 miles on their tandem recumbent. They raised $50,000 for charity.
John and Nancy Vogel are a couple in their 70s who have been cycling together since they married in 1992. This year they decided to do something special to celebrate their 30th anniversary. They decided to cycle across the country! And not just that: they would raise money for charity along the way.
They began their journey on May 15th in Sequim, Washington and finished on August 28th in St. Augustine, Florida. They pedaled an average of 85 miles per day for over 100 days! Along the way they met a lot of people and raised a lot of money for Meals on Wheels – over $50,000!
They started by sharing their story with friends, family, co-workers and anyone who would listen really . . . but it soon went viral through social media and word-of-mouth. As they did more interviews with local media, the amount of donations increased dramatically. It
We are looking for cyclists who have gone above and beyond. This can be in many ways, including:
-long distance cycling
-extreme weather cycling
-cycling to a difficult destination
-cycling in unusual conditions (for example, high altitudes)
-coaching other cyclists
-building cycling infrastructure
We are not looking for bikes that have been ridden for long distances. If you have ridden a bike around the world, that’s awesome! But it does not mean you have gone above and beyond. If you have pedaled your bike for 10,000 miles in one year, that is amazing! But it does not mean you have gone above and beyond.
We are looking for cyclists who have gone above and beyond. The kind of person who loves bikes, the kind of person who loves to travel and share their adventures with the world. If you know someone like that we want to hear about them.
In fact we will give the winner a brand new set of bike lights for their next adventure!
How it Works
Cyclist of the Year (CyclistOfTheYear.com) was founded in 2006 by Peter and Ava Verster to reward the efforts of cyclists, who travel the world with a bicycle.
We will award a total of $800 cash prizes to three cyclists that we feel are worthy of recognition for their efforts in the cycling community. The awards are broken down as followed: 1st Prize $400, 2nd Prize $300 and 3rd Prize $100.
The purpose of the awards is to highlight extreme athletes and build awareness for this type of sport. We want to show people that they can achieve almost anything if they are determined enough.
The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. Like the other Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España), it consists of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period that typically covers around 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi). The race was first organized in 1903 to increase newspaper sales.
The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except when it was stopped for the two World Wars. As the Tour gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend all around the globe. Participation expanded from a primarily French field, as riders from all over the world began to participate in the race each year. The Tour is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI WorldTeams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers invite.
Traditionally, the race is held primarily in the month of July. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays largely unchanged with the appearance of time trials, the passage through the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and Alps, and several stage
As of December 2015, I’ve been cycling around the world for 7 years and 8 months. During that time I’ve ridden a total of about 72,100 miles (116,200 km) through 47 countries on 4 continents.
I originally planned to ride for just 1 year, but I fell in love with bike touring and couldn’t stop. It has become the biggest adventure of my life.
I have written a book about my journey: The Lone Rydr: A Solo Cyclist’s Journey Around The World.