Christmas is just around the corner, and so it’s time to count down the Best British Riders of 2009.

From now until Christmas Eve we will reveal the riders from 30th to seventh. The top six will be revealed in the Cycling Weekly‘s final issue of the year, which will be in the shops on December 31.

Last year’s chart of the top 50 best British riders of the year was tremendously popular, partly because of the scale of success enjoyed at the Beijing Olympic Games.

This year there was no Olympics but there were some outstanding performances as the British riders continued to compete on the world stage, consistently challenging and beating the best.

Click on the advent calendar below to find out who is behind today’s door. For previous days click on the links below the calendar picture.

Cycling Weekly Advent Calendar 2009 start

Photo: Graham Watson

2009 riders revealed so far…

December 24: Number 7

December 23: Number 8

December 22: Number 9

December 21: Number 10

December 20: Number 11

December 19: Number 12

December 18: Number 13

December 17: Number 14

December 16: Number 15

December 15: Number 16

December 14: Number 17

December 13: Number 18

December 12: Number 19

December 11: Number 20

December 10: Number 21

December 9: Number 22

December 8: Number 23

December 7: Number 24

December 6: Number 25

December 5: Number 26

December 4: Number 27

December 3: Number 28

December 2: Number 29

December 1: Number 30

Last year’s list (2008):

1 Chris Hoy

2 Mark Cavendish

3 Nicole Cooke

4 Bradley Wiggins

5 Victoria Pendleton

6 Rebecca Romero

7 Darren Kenny

8 Jason Kenny

9 Russell Downing

10 Steve Cummings

11 Emma Pooley

12 Geraint Thomas

13 Ed Clancy

14 Jamie Staff

15 Shanaze Reade

16 Paul Manning

17 Sarah Storey

18 Ross Edgar

19 Wendy Hovenaghel

20 Chris Newton

21 Rob Hayles

22 Gee Atherton

23 Simon Richardson

24 Jo Rowsell

25 Ben Swift

26 Rachel Atherton

27 Steven Burke

28 Lizzie Armitstead

29 Sharon Laws

30 Andrew Fenn

31 Josh Bryceland

32 Peter Kennaugh

33 Liam Killeen

34 Jody Cundy

35 Ian Stannard

36 David Millar

37 Matt Crampton

38 Daniel Fleeman

39 Daniel Lloyd

40 Jessica Allen

41 Dean Downing

42 David Daniell

43 Anna Blyth

44 Steve Peat

45 Jess Varnish

46 Jonny Bellis

47 Michael Hutchinson

48 Luke Rowe

49 Chris Froome

50 Katie Colclough

Related links

The Top 50 Riders of 2008: the top ten

The Top 50 Riders of 2008: 11th-50th


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  • Jon

    Image map the doors and link them to the riders! Go on you know you want to.