It was another year of stunning British performances on the world and domestic stages of professional cycling.

The wins came flooding in for the Brits, with success across the board – one-day Classics, Grand Tours, stage races, track, cyclo-cross and mountain biking.

To honour the achievements of Britain’s cyclists during 2009, we ran a countdown of the best 30 British riders of the year before Christmas with the final top six revealed in the December 31 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine.

Here we present the full list of our pick of the best riders of 2009. Click on the links to read more on each rider, and our reasons for including them in the list.

Disagree with our choices? Leave a comment in the box below to tell us why!

Cycling Weekly’s top 30 British riders of 2009

Number 1: Mark Cavendish

Number 2: Bradley Wiggins

Number 3: Emma Pooley

Number 4: Lizzie Armitstead

Number 5: Sir Chris Hoy

Number 6: Steve Peat

Number 7: Russell Downing

Number 8: Ben Swift

Number 9: Victoria Pendleton

Number 10: Becky James

Number 11: Daniel Lloyd

Number 12: Peter Kennaugh

Number 13: Nicole Cooke

Number 14: Geraint Thomas

Number 15: David Millar

Number 16: Wendy Houvenaghel

Number 17: Matt Crampton

Number 18: Roger Hammond

Number 19: Jeremy Hunt

Number 20: Joanna Rowsell

Number 21: Kristian House

Number 22: Sarah Storey

Number 23: Alex Dowsett

Number 24: Chris Newton

Number 25: Ian Wilkinson

Number 26: Helen Wyman

Number 27: Michael Hutchinson

Number 28: Katie Colclough

Number 29: Dean Downing

Number 30: Joe Perrett

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CW’s top 30 British riders of 2009 advent calendar

  • Claire Newman

    I know that these days we have many excellent riders to choose from but I would have thought Julia Shaw’s achievements this year (including 3 X comp records) should have earned her a place..

  • Ron Stuart

    Full marks to the photographer/s who have managed to catch David (the sulk) Millar smiling.