After a long racing season over 26 club races varying in discipline Banbridge CC’s members were deserving of a night to socialise, reflect on the year and toast the many accomplishments of the club in 2015. Over 100 riders and volunteers gathered at the Halfway House for the Banbridge CC annual Awards Dinner. Also present was guest of honour and Banbridge Leader Editor, Damian Wilson, to assist with the prize giving ceremony.
The first award of the night was the inaugural presentation of the Tommy Evans Cup for best International Performance of the Year. 6 nominees demonstrated the success the club is currently enjoying overseas, but it was Gareth McKee who came out on top after a fabulous year and so proved to be a very worthy and popular recipient of the cup and bursary donated Tommy Evans, himself a product of Banbridge CC who has enjoyed international success and is still regarded as one of the great Irish cyclists.
Following the presentation of the club cups and trophies by Club Chairman Maurice Mayne the final and one of the most anticipated awards, the Belmont Cup for Club Person of the Year was presented by Club Treasurer Mal McGreevy. With the audience briefed on the nominees along with their many contributions to the club over the year it was Club Race Secretary Alan Towell who was declared the 2015 winner as voted by the club members. Alan’s contributions to the club have ensured the club racing scene has flourished while also being heavily involved in the numerous open race events promoted by the club over the year, and again proved to be a very popular winner on the night.
2015 Award Winners: