Award for Welsh GP Organiser Bill Owen


Organiser of this years British Road race championships and Abergavenny Festival of Cycling has received another award this year

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Only a month ago, Bill was named Welsh Cycling Organiser of the Year for his work putting together the Festival of Cycling 2013 before he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to cycling in Wales.

Now, on top of the announcement that Abergavenny will stage the 2014 National Road Race Championships in conjunction with Monmouthshire County Council, Bill has been named as Organiser of the Year for the whole UK.

The national award is also not confined to staging the Grand Prix of Wales, which was run on Sunday July 14 but also for staging the Welsh leg of the Elite Town Centre Series criterriums on Friday July 12.

Bill said: “I am honoured and proud to have been named British Cycling Organiser of the Year. The 2013 events were fantastic occasions and this award, along with the Welsh Cycling Organiser of the Year trophy, is shared with all of the people who help every year to turn Abergavenny into a cycling mecca for Wales and the UK.”

“Without the support and help of our army of volunteers, Gwent Police, the councils of Abergavenny and Monmouthshire, the business owners of the district, our media partners and the public who turn out every year to watch some of the best road racing in Wales, the Festival would not happen”.

“Now we are all working flat out to make the 2014 Festival, which will incorporate the National Road Race Championships for both women and elite men plus the National Time Trial Championships and The Championships Sportif, the best we have ever organised.”

“The fact that the Elite Men’s road race takes place just a week before the start of the Tour de France in Yorkshire means that this is the last chance for British riders like Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Geriant Thomas and Mark Cavendish to get a race into their legs before setting off towards the Champs Elysees in Paris.”

“We will be making several announcements in the coming months, including the exciting new and challenging course, major partnerships, entries for the Sportif and much more, so keep viewing the Festival website and the Press for details.”

Mike Northey became only the second ever rider at the Festival to win both the Welsh Open Criterium and the Grand Prix of Wales, which was part of the Premier Calendar Series, on the same weekend.

The 24-year-old New Zealander beat Node 4-Giordana Racing team-mate Steve Lampier into second to take the Grand Prix of Wales title, with Mark Christian, of Team Raleigh, in third. Two days earlier, Northey had also won the Wales Open Criterrrium from Niklas Gustavsson (UK Youth) by a bike length on the fast course around Abergvenny town centre.



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