The inaugural Cycling Weekly Awards is taking place in December

Sir Bradley Wiggins will present the Local Hero award at the inaugural Cycling Weekly Awards in central London this December.

The award aims to recognise the work of local volunteers who drive the sport at grass-roots level.

It will be one of ten awards presented on the night, recognising the best riders and achievements of 2018.

The Local Hero award, in association with Freewheel, will be decided by a public vote after all nominations put forward by the readers of Cycling Weekly had been whittled down to a final four by the awards’ judging panel.

Wiggins said: "The dedication and commitment of coaches and organisers up and down the country at grass-roots level is the beating heart of cycling.

"I still remember the guys at Herne Hill when I started racing.

"They were there week in week out and gave people like me our first taste of proper racing, so I’m looking forward to presenting the Local Hero award."

The Local Hero candidates are:

Glyn Durrant - Surrey Cycle Racing League

Peter Harrison - The Cyclone Festival

Celia Tennant - Clydesdale Colts Cycling Club

Debbie Wharton - Maindy Flyers

Voting goes live on www.cyclingweekly.com/awards this Thursday, which will be open until 1st November.

Wiggins added: "It’s been a great year for British riders, making history by winning all three Grand Tours.

"The awards will be a good night to honour the successes of this year."

Sean Igoe, Cycling Weekly’s head of market, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have confirmation of Sir Bradley’s attendance, arguably one of the biggest names in road cycling history.

"We are extremely excited and cannot wait for the night, it promises to be a great one."

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