News – Howden & Froome Honours


Organiser of the Ryedale GP Bob Howden and Tour winner Chris Froome honoured in Queen’s New Year Honours list

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News – Howden & Froome Honours


Organiser of many a bike race over the years as well as officiating at events, Bob Howden, has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list along with Kenyan born Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

Howden, who is also one of the most active members in the sport as president of British Cycling, paid tribute to fellow volunteers without whom he says “we simply would not have a sport”. Howden received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list and hailed Chris Froome’s OBE as “well-deserved recognition of an extraordinary individual who represents the best of British sport”.

Howden added “He (Froome) came under unprecedented pressure this year, which I know he accepts as a burden all sport’s great champions must carry, but the dignified manner in which he dealt with it was an example for us all.”

Froome meanwhile said: “I am extremely humbled and very proud to receive this honour. It is obviously further recognition for the sport of cycling and it caps a fantastic year for me professionally and personally. It wouldn’t be possible without the help of my team-mates, coaches and of course the love and support from my family.”

Howden’s OBE comes in the third year of his presidency and after a volunteering career which started over 40 years ago progressing to race organising including British championships, regional committees and a place on the British Cycling board.

The proud Yorkshireman said: “Naturally I feel very proud to have been honoured by Her Majesty but, like the thousands of volunteers up and down the country who help put on bike races, organise club runs, coach young people and help out in a thousand different ways, I’ve really been motivated by love of the sport.”

“Cycling has come a long way in the last 10 years and much of the credit for that is due to an army of people who are passionate about cycling in their communities and give freely of their time and expertise, so it was great to see the Government start to recognise the value of volunteers in the new sport strategy announced just before Christmas.

“Without those people, the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott would not have made their first steps in the sport, without those people the huge numbers we have inspired to get on their bikes would not have the network of clubs and events needed to support them and without those people we simply would not have a sport.



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