Bordage and Hatherley claim Rider of the Year awards
Karen Bordage and Mark Hatherley walked away from Bermuda Bicycle Association’s (BBA) annual banquet with the Male and Female Rider of the Year awards.
The awards ceremony held on Saturday night at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club saw the two cyclists claim the top prizes after their outstanding achievements throughout the 2011 season.
Bordage had an excellent campaign, winning the Bank of Bermuda Foundation Time Trial Championship title in impressive fashion on the 16.4 mile course. She was staggering six and a half minutes ahead of the next best woman, while also taking home the female Masters title.
She backed that up by winning the Bermuda Bicycle Association Criterium championships.
The newly crowned champion was also the first female across the finish line in the 51-mile Winner’s Edge road race in St George’s, and won the RMS Construction Road Race Championship.
Bordage came second in the female category at the 24th edition of the Sinclair Packwood Memorial Cycling Race.
“It is a huge honour to be name the female cyclist of the year, it comes from hard work and I love the sport so I’m thrilled with this award,” said Bordage. “There is a lot of hard work that goes into cycling and a lot has to come from your family and team-mates to support you if not you would never receive an honour like this.
“I was surprised a little because there are a few women that ride overseas and they could have gotten the award, but I am happy to be the recipient because you never know what can happen.
“I love the sport of cycling, so I can’t wait for the season to start and work with my team-mates and get us to get better in our races and that is my main focus for this year.
“The season starts in next month or so and it can’t start soon enough for me, I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”
Hatherley was crowned National Champion at the Bermuda Bicycle Association Criterium
He finished second in the Bermuda Bicycle Association Road Race Series, a meagre four points behind eventual champions Brian Drea, winning three races throughout the season.
Others to win awards on the night were Chequan Richardson and Ian Port, who won the most improved junior and senior rider categories respectively.
Dominique Mayho won the junior rider of the year for the third successive time, a season that was capped off with a gold medal in the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships in Puerto Rico.
John Whale won the club person of the year, being recognised for his organisation of the time trial series over the past several years.